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“Excellent food, take your time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Cucina di Alice

La Cucina di Alice
Riva Vela 4 | 6900 Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
+4191 922 0103
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Ranked #31 of 275 Restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Zurich, Switzerland
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Excellent food, take your time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

The staff that Alice employs are friendly and very competent. Quite often, Alice is there and takes time to talk to her customers - especially if you're a frequent visitor or you have children (we're both).

The food is all cooked freshly and is all as natural as possible. This means it is excellent.

You have indoor seating for winter and summer sees you outside under the umbrellas on Lungo Lago - your view of the lake and mountains is extremely pleasant.

In Swiss terms, it's at the expensive end of well-priced but the food and atmosphere are worth it. The staff also are able to speak English and German on top of the local lingo which is of course Italian.

Highly recommended unless you're in a rush.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“ALL OVERPRICED AND NOT AT ALL RECOMMEND IT”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We go there because it had good qualifications on this web but not worst nothing really. Service very slowly. We ordered winehouse -usually it's in all the world the cheapest wine in restaurants- but they served us without any comments the more expensive wine in the menu ¡¡¡ over 50 euros¡¡¡ and lied about it after our claim. It were almost 10 wines cheaper than it and didn't was anyway local wine...All the menu and courses OVERPRICED-pasta very very expensive,small portions and not specially memorable.NO RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Zurich, Switzerland
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Good service, good food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Had a nice meal. The restaurant had come highly recommended and although the food was good (would rate it 3.5 of 5), it wasn't anything extraordinary. Perhaps too high expectations after the recommendation. Good service, especially "Tony" was great. An enjoyable evening by the lake.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lugano, Switzerland
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7 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“good food, attentive staff, nice lake view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

La cucina di alice is located just in front lugano's lake. We were seated outside since it was a warm evening, but after a while it became a bit windy and the sfaff provided me and my daughter with warm scarves. There was quite a wide selection of dishes on the menu, manly with a mediterranean taste. Salad with prawns and asparagus was tasty and fresh, the beef filet perfect. Good selection of dessert.

Visited June 2012
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Lugano, Switzerland
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“One of the best in Lugano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

I often eat at this restaurant. Whether for a dinner amongst friends or for business - they've always lived up to my expectations. As an event organizer, I always bring our business partners and colleagues to this place, and we've always been very satisfied. You have to realize that it is a small restaurant with a very cozy and laid back atmosphere, so you won't be able to fit big groups in it. The food is excellent - you can order virtually anything on the menu and eat very well. The menu is inspired by different cuisines and you can taste that it is genuine and homemade. The waiters are very nice and mulitlingual, and Alice - the owner - will also help you out, take your order, joke around with you and make you feel at ease by occasion.
The restaurant is located on the main street in front of the lake, you can sit inside as well as outside. The pricing is also reasonable, it is maybe slightly more upmarket, but definitely not expensive.

Knowing the average quality of service in Lugano, having been to places where they rip you off for nothing, this place definitely stands out.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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