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Ristorante Crotto Valtellina

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Via Fiume 11, 21046 Malnate, Italy
+39 0332 427258
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

We were recommended to this restaurant for their pizzoccheri by our Italian colleagues. The restaurant dinning room was built around a huge piece of rock at a corner with tradition decoration, classy but not obnoxious. We ordered 1 cold cuts starter, 2 portion pizzoccheri and a steak to share. This my first eating pizzoccheri and i like the slight creamy/... More 

Thank roger s
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Nice setting and good food but poor service. I ordered pasta with cheese, instead I got pasta with mushrooms. Good but not what I had ordered. As a main dish I ordered the lamb with white wine sauce and polenta, instead I got the lamb with potatoes, no sauce and no polenta. When I asked for the polenta they brought... More 

Thank Trip A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is amazing the fact that is literally built inside a cave makes it even more special. The staff was very well trained and attentive, the food was top of the range absolutely delicious, the wine was also very good. We spent a beautiful evening and we where treated as royalty. It's a bit on the pricey side but... More 

Thank Emy S
Zurich, Switzerland
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Especially when sitting outdoor. Majestic menu with valtellinese specialities (though Valtellina is relatively far). The pizzoccheri is a must. And it's quite strange (but good) to try them with onions. A bit too oily but good.

Thank alanzed
Greetham, United Kingdom
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262 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2016

We were recommended to this restaurant, which is built into the front of a cave, by the guy behind the desk at our hotel . He told us the cuisine was particular to a certain region north of Como, in a specific valley, and like no other cuisine of Italy, so we were intrigued. Wow! Pasta made from spelt flour... More 

Thank Walkinggranny
Malnate, Italy
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2016

best pizzicheri in italy!!!!!!!! all the dishes are prepared to order and all appetizers and entrees are exceptional....and don't miss the excellent desserts.....great wine and grappa selection

Thank martin m
Porto Ronco, Switzerland
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321 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2016

This time we came with our guests and they loved it. I had the venison filet and our guests had the pizzocheri but first two plates of "antipasto della casa" a bit of everything for the four of us. Service was perfect as usual, very good wine list, great ambience.

Thank Patriciazu
Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2015

One of the best meals I've had in Italy was at this ristorante. Father / Son Valbuzzi chef bring their Valtellina region influence of northern style cooking into their kitchen. The ristorante is situated next to a cave that used to carve rocks which were used for sharpening knives in the past but now provide for a unique area for... More 

Thank Kenny K
Porto Ronco, Switzerland
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321 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2014

We try to stop there for lunch or dinner when near there, they are closed on Tuesdays so this time we got lucky as it was a Sunday evening and we were also lucky to find a table. We had the pizzoccheri which were delicious, the filet was great. Good wines, a perfect evening in a perfect setting. Great service.

Thank Patriciazu
Brussels, Belgium
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Whenever I go back to Varese, I try to have a lunch or dinner in this great restaurant where pizzocheri are simple divine.. Valtellina cuisine is something all the world should know ! Wines from Valtellina are also amazing and this is the right place to taste them together with a deer fillet and polenta taragna. Try it, you won't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$59 - $75
European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Fiume 11, 21046 Malnate, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Province of Varese  >  Malnate
  • Phone Number: +39 0332 427258

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?