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Grotto Morchino

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$$ - $$$
Swiss, Italian
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via Carona 1, Lugano 6912, Switzerland
+41 91 994 60 44
7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This grotto can only be reached by public transport up to ca. 8 pm; afterwards it is either a walk up the hill or other means of transport. But it is worth the excursion: we choose the evening menu for two: starter was a great sliced meat dish, followed by three main courses (all typical ticinese kitchen; home-made polenta, rissotto,... More 

Thank Sjouke H
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place, nice service, delicious food, specifically the rabbit, and also there is a cold drink called GAZOZAH. I love this place and I hope to visit it again.

Thank moce1409
Varese, Italy
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284 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in a quiet area in the woods, south of Lugano, at Mount San Salvatore footsteps. An old house (from the 1800’s), rustic with an elegant fireplace gives that enchanting old world atmosphere with some old frescoes outside the walls. There is a terrace nice to seat and meal during the hot days and it was a favorite place of... More 

Thank Tualie
Lausanne, Switzerland
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141 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2017

A fantastic grotto in the woods.... 5 mn drive from Lugano. Meals are superb, service son nice and friendly, On a warm evening, eating outside, among the trees, on a wooden terrace is so relaxing !

Thank luxfiat62
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2016

I don't know if it's better the food or the service! Waiters are kind and nice, the service is fast and the quality of the food is amazing! You should book because the restaurant is really little, but it definitely worth it because you breathe the home made welcoming ambient..which makes you feel even more comfortable!

Thank Susy V
Versailles, France
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2016

This is really something to visit,not commercial; lovely food and owners, home cooking best osso bucco,polenta and local mushrooms, excellent wine and olive oil,you won't regret and reasonable prices.You need a car to go and must book especially in the daytime.

Thank joyceylesley
Oberried, Germany
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

this grotto is a lovely place if you can sit outside! i have not been inside! we are here as somehow tourist, but here i have the impression, that all other people are from lugano. what a good sign! the food is good, the wine is good and the hosts are good. what would we want more?

Thank Carlo M
London, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2016

I have dined here a number of times and i am impressed every single time, the staff are friendly and the food is fresh and delicious and the setting is absolutely wonderful. Highly recommend anyone to come and visit and drink well and eat well!!

Thank Supaer
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2016

Excellent welcome by the hosts and excellent meal and wine to accompany the welcome. We were the only non Italians in the restaurant - very much a locals place and all the better for it. Small and rustic with good hearty Italian food and only one pasta dish on the menu!

3 Thank AliMac1963
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136 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2016

Hidden in the forest on the side of Monte San Salvatore, but easily accessible from the Via Carona, this Grotto gives you a true flavour of the traditional Ticinese cuisine. Try any of the main course with polenta. We tested the one with Veal Osso Bucco, a real delight. And the kids got a kid-sized portion of polenta with brasato.... More 

1 Thank Nic U

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
Swiss, Italian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: via Carona 1, Lugano 6912, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 91 994 60 44
A few steps away from Lugano a real, traditional, local grotto inside the green forest.Grotto Morchino at Pazzallo.The Grotto Morchino is a typical local restaurant, it has a cozy room inside with an open fire place and outside a cool, covered terrace. In all these years it has becoming an absolutely must to share the easy barbecue ambience in summer time. Kitchen opening hours: 12.00 - 13.15 19.00 - 21.15

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