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Grotto Morchino

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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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Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sun 7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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96 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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126 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

Enjoyed a dinner with four at this quaint Grotto in the hills of Lugano. I was visiting with my boyfriend and his mom who grew up in Lugano. Everyone thought the formaggino was the best ever tasted in Lugano. The Paella was the best I've ever had before! I shared some bites of rabbit and beef, and the meal was... More 

Thank Amy T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere of an old tavern, always full, make sure you book in advance. Food is simple but really good, and the whole evening is experience rather than just a dinner.

Thank Tania S
Lugano, Switzerland
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2016

This is by far my favorite place in Lugano when it comes to local and authentic food. The whole place is an experience in itself: at the feet of one of Lugano's iconic mountains, the owner comes to greet everyone in this small and rustically decorated place. Don't miss out "La Morchinada" which includes a generous amount of multiple local... More 

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1 Thank Margarita C
Moscow, Russia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Local ticinese food. I had ravioli with asparagus and polenta with sausage, was delicious. Pleasant wine, recommend trying grappa after dinner.

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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
Italian, Swiss, Mediterranean
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
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?