We had stayed at Il Porticciolo five years ago and loved the rooms overlooking the lake and especially loved our meals there. We returned last month for a dinner and it was superb--everything was artfully prepared and delicious. Since our last visit, the chef has been to France, working for several years with the famous chef Joel Rubuchon of L'Atelier in Paris. He's returned with an impressive skill set and is now turning out gourmet meals at the Il Porticciolo restaurant.
I was surprised by the negative comments, especially the ones about the price. There is a "fast and fresh" option at Il Porticciolo with nice food reasonably priced. The gourmet restaurant is not high priced for the quality of the food. One of the dishes we had was a trompe l'oeil masterpiece that looked like a landscape with a conical pine tree, path and boulder, but the tree was made from chicken coated with finely minced parsley, the path was a green onion and the boulder was delicious whipped potato. The petit fours were all handmade--the prices reflect the time spent. Plus, all the ingredients are all top-notch.
I was also surprised by the negative comment about saying there is nothing to do in Laveno. Did they take the funicular to the top of the mountain with the panoramic view of the lake and mountains? Go hiking in the leafy forest? Take the convenient ferry to the artsy town of Stresa, the Borromeo Islands with the villas, palace and botanic gardens? Visit the monastery and chapel built into the side of the cliff? Take the ferry to Switzerland for an afternoon? Rent a boat for fishing? Take the bus to Luino on Wednesday to one of the biggest outdoor markets in Europe?
We didn't stay in a room this trip, but saw the place has been renovated. The carpark, patio, lobby and restaurant were all in great shape.
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