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Canvetto Luganese

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Mediterranean, Italian, Swiss, Vegetarian Friendly, Central European
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via Rinaldo Simen 14B, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
Tue - Sat 8:30 am - 11:45 pm
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Newton, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Operated by the Fondazione Diamante to support persons with disabilities, the restaurant produces delicious food presented well. The menu changes daily depending on what is available fresh at market. We tried two different local fishes based on the descriptions provided by the staff and were quite pleased. The pureed early peas that accompanied one... More 

Thank Bruce H
Lugano, Switzerland
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

We were 3 people. Had fish, meat and vegetarian. Everything was more than good. The giardiniera was the great vegetarian food I've ever had, and nice to see. Prices are average for Lugano. Price for wines acceptable. All the staff extremely friendly and attentive. Surely coming back soon. Little difficult to find a parking.

Thank alix550
Rehovot, Israel
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

the place is very nice. the waiters very nice. the food is very good. there is no english menu and nobody talk english so it's a little problem...

Thank Sarit S
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Nice place with right combination beween traditional building with modern details. Free view of life and work in the kitchen is an example. Excellent food cooked with creative appeal. Ingredients and raws from local producers is a plus. Friendly and kind staff add value to the high quality of this resturant. Wine selection also appreciated. Highly recomended to be tested.

Thank Fabio T
Newbury, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Nice local neighbourhood restaurant, about 15 minutes walk from the lake. Check opening hours. It closes early and is not open Sundays and Mondays, which is a shame.

Thank mbjoer
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We had 5 different meals and all diners loved their dishes. Really good to get home cooked food when you are travelling. Being out the tourist area the prices were reasonable by Lugano standards. Make sure to get the hotel to book in advance as they are very busy, lots of locals eat there.

1 Thank PeterLacey65
Ujjain, India
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We went to this restaurant for dinner , as we are vegetarians we have less choices but the staff here tried to understand what our requirement was , even called the chef who modified their recipe to make a lovely veg Rissoto for us. We loved the place , ambience is good & Rissoto was just amazing . Enjoyed our... More 

1 Thank piyush69
Taverne, Ticino, Switzerland
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Canvetto Luganese is a social enterprise held by the Diamante Foundation. It allows reintegration od people in difficulty by having a regular activity ... and what activity! - Service is perfect and food marvelous. The place is nice, looking like an old court and well restructurated. A must in Lugano.

Thank Parvex F
Lugano, Switzerland
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We have a meal here now and then. One can eat side or indoors depending on the season. The service is warm and friendly and the food is very good. The price quality ratio is well balanced. It is run by an organization for a good cause, which gives it added value. One can also buy fresh pasta to take... More 

Thank Iromi P
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

I love this place. The food, service and artwork on the walls. I would highly recommend it. For dinner I think you need a reservation.

Thank No720s

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$22 - $45
Mediterranean, Italian, Swiss, Vegetarian Friendly, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
8:30 am - 11:45 pm
8:30 am - 11:45 pm
8:30 am - 11:45 pm
8:30 am - 11:45 pm
8:30 am - 11:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: via Rinaldo Simen 14B, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: 41919101890

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?