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Osteria Nostrana

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Italian, Swiss, Pizza, Pasta
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Piazza Giuseppe Motta, Ascona 6612, Switzerland
+41 91 791 51 58
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Today
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue - Fri 7:30 am - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 12:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 77
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice restaurant for decent price

We've been there with a couple of friends on a warm August evening, all restaurant around were full of people and Osteria Nostrana was crowded too. They managed to find us a table outside within 20mn and offer us some wine glasses at the bar while we waited. Food menu is a bit too large but all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Tristan K
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Sayalonga, Spain
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

the location (provided the weather is good) invites you to eat outside nearly directly at the lakeshore. You can enjoy the passersby as well as an excellent risotto. Service is quick and friendly.

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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We've been there with a couple of friends on a warm August evening, all restaurant around were full of people and Osteria Nostrana was crowded too. They managed to find us a table outside within 20mn and offer us some wine glasses at the bar while we waited. Food menu is a bit too large but all the dishes we... More 

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Switzerland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Nice restaurant on the lakeside, I've tried the specialty pizza nostrana and it was really great. the pizza is just too big for me its a pity they dont offer a small portion. this restaurant is always full you're lucky if you can get a table for dinner if you don't reserve especially during summer season.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This restaurant looks quite ordinary from the outside but inside it is lovely. Reminded me of restaurants in Palermo. It was pouring with rain outside but there was a wonderful atmosphere inside. Enough of this, let's get down to food. We both had pizzas, made by their chefs, they were very good, a light crisp base. I had an excellent... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Osteria Nostrana looks pretty much like your average restaurant along Ascona's lakeshore. It is not - try it out! We had great local food in a relaxed atmosphere, and prices are absolutely reasonable. Their home-made mini-cassata is a must! It has nothing to do with the standard cassata on a typical swiss dessert menu, but is just to die... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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159 reviews 159 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Once a year my wife and I normally spend a couple of nights in the beautiful Ascona. Sometimes even in the Winter. This was always our preferred restaurant where we spent most of the evenings. We like the ambient and it is in front of the amazing lake with the nice trees. We arrived on a Sunday before lunch and... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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359 reviews 359 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We came here twice, once for lunch, once for dinner. The menu is a mix of traditional Italian food mixed with Swiss-Ticino specials. To be recommended: - pappa pomodoro (rustic tomato sauce) at CHF 9.50 - pizzas from CHF 11 - you can order halves (they bake them in their own special oven) - spaghetti aglio 'olio Outdoor seating overlooking... More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Sitting on the boardwalk in the center of Ascona is a terrific spot to have dinner. We enjoyed a, not too Al dente, spaghetti and a very fresh salad mista. Reasonable price for the great view. Good local wine.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

You have to go there for a pizza. We tried the putanesca. Delicious. Service nice and right on the lake. Mamma Mia, molto buono.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Excellent restaurant and impeccable service from Mr Matera. Great experience on Lake Maggiore in a pleasant environment.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Piazza Giuseppe Motta, Ascona 6612, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lake Maggiore  >  Ascona
  • Phone Number: +41 91 791 51 58

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Swiss, Pizza, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:30 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?