If you are in the lakes region of Lago Maggiore or Lago d'Orta in the Italian Piedmont (at the foot of the Italian Alps) and looking for refined and authentic cuisine, far removed from tourists and just on the outskirts of an equally authentic village, this restaurant is it. You can't get more honest good food than this. It is family-owned and run: the wife in the kitchen makes her own pasta (exquisite), breadsticks, a cart-full of desserts (wide choice) and invents new dishes continuously. Most of the products she uses (poultry, game, meats, butter, cheese, wild mushrooms "porcini" , chestnuts, etc. when in season) come from the farmers of the village La Zucca is just on the periphery of, or from the "zona, " meaning neighboring villages or very near. The prosciutto is excellent. The number of regional cheeses on the cart surpasses anything I have ever seen, in Italy or even France (where we go to eat just as often as in Italy)!!! And all of them excellent, individually chosen by the owner. The tray of desserts is the same! So, if you have a sweet tooth save some room for her version of tiramisu, luscious chocolate cakes and great variety of creams...The husband also has an excellent choice of Italian wines, reasonably priced (again, many from the region) and the two daughters help provide impeccable and friendly service. The menu changes with the seasons, so I will not describe the succulent meals I have had there, as she rarely repeats them. The location is idyllic: an Italian country home, chalet-like, surrounded by flowers and trees and a view on Lake Orta from the terrace. Whenever we cross the Alps to go to Italy, we can't wait to make our first stop there. Can't recommend this restaurant enough!!! Prepare yourselves for a leisurely and memorable meal:
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