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Al Grottino

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via Calvario 6, Orselina 6644, Switzerland
+41 91 743 44 08
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped over to this place while staying at Villa Orselina across the road. Really lovely "grotto" style restaurant with a rustic atmosphere and excellent food. It's not cheap, but worth it for the taste, quality and freshness of the ingredients - probably the best Parma ham and melon dishes I've ever had. Friendly service and an extensive wine lost with... More 

Thank Tom A
Cheltenham, UK
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80 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2016

A small, family-run restaurant built into the hillside. Warm open fire in winter, outdoor seating area in summer. The menu was excellent. Prices not cheap, but reasonable by Swiss standards (two meals, with non-alcoholic drinks, under 100 CHF). It is not an extensive menu, but everything is freshly booked. The restaurant was fairly busy despite the fact that we went... More 

Thank Jennifer_UK
Beaufort, South Carolina
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Walked across the street from Villa Orselina for one of the best dinners ever. Had a veal dish over some of the best risotto ever! The veal was topped with mushrooms and crusty prosciutto which made for an excellent combo. Unfortunately this was a specific for the event so you would have to cross fingers that it was available. I'm... More 

Thank LotusRacing
Vancouver, Canada
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135 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2016

a great place to have a fun dinner with friends. service and food outstanding. great choices and good wine list.

Thank moira-anne
Innsbruck, Austria
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79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2016

This is a very cosy and intimate restaurant, with delicious food. Not super-cheap, but worth it. Highly recommended end to a day of hiking.

Thank foodiedavid2016
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2015

We ate at this restaurant twice while staying in Orselina. It was so good we had to go back a second time. The restaurant is small and our second visit was on a Saturday evening. We did not have a reservation. Still, they made accommodations for us. At the end of the meal, the chef came to our table and... More 

Thank Barble7
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is delicious if you want to try the typical regional food from a Grotto. Ornella and Kurt make you feel like a friend offering a superb service and an amazing food! Don't miss the Penne a la Vodka or the traditional chicken wings with the secret butter sauce! You will never forget the taste!! It's just delicious. The... More 

Thank JFtravelingaround
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2015

Want there twice for dinner and both times the food was excellent. Friendly staff who knew the local diners, and small, but comfortable and easy, surroundings. The English translation of some of menu items will make you laugh, for sure! Not to be missed if you are in Orselina or Locarno.

Thank Naomi R
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2015

Nice place to taste italian food. Service was exellent. Exellent place to relax after the sunny day. But is a little too expensive.

Thank vestute
Munich, Germany
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2015

The food was good and the service very friendly, you feel like you are in Italy, We would have preferred Parmigiano Reggiano not sure if they served Pecorino Romano over the pasta, the taste was a little off but the small was not so nice. Overall, I would like to recommend this restaurant and the location, food quality is very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Swiss, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: via Calvario 6, Orselina 6644, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lake Maggiore  >  Orselina
  • Phone Number: +41 91 743 44 08

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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?