Finding La Zucca is not easy, you probably get there through word of mouth, most probably if you are visiting Lake Orta.
The restaurant has a homey feeling, with very spacious tables, light woods and pretty fresh flowers. It has been run by the same family from over 50 years. The service is extremely attentive yet very discreet, the Host and his two daughters will be more than happy to explain every single detail regarding their fresh produce and how a single dish is prepared. The starters are excellent, just what you need to warm up to a great dinner, we tried Tortino di porcini, a porcini mushrooms delicious tart with fondue, also the mixed starters platter was delicate and interesting with a different tasting of quite a few vegetables, quail's eggs and a typical anchovies dip. For main course do not miss the Ravioli piemontesi, they are simply fantastic with a three different roast meats filling that will melt in your mouth. The other fresh pastas and pumpkin gnocchi are also excellent. What makes this restaurant so special is neverthless its multiple cheese tray. Every bit of cheese on that tray has a history and normally a very niche producer who has never heard the word "industrial production". It is simply a joy listening to such a detailed explanation of where they all come from and how they are made and stored! Just go for it! Last but not least the desserts. Seasonal fruits purèes all presented in pretty little pots, prunes, apricots, sultanas, all pickled in grappa or moscato wine come in inviting jars, homebaked cakes, buttery biscuits, jars of vanilla custard and fresh cream. Avoid this place if you are on a low calories diet! The wine list provides a nice selection with particular focus on regional and local wines.
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