had the best meal at lake como at alle darsene on 17.5.2014.
alle darsene is located next to villa melzi, but it is on the other side, so a rather long walk from the bellagio ferry jetty. we had a leisurely morning & visited varenna (& the shopping). we walked on the narrow road just bordering villa melzi to reach alle darsene. on the way back we decided to just pay 9euro each & walk through villa melzi. ok la..it was but a pleasant stroll through the gardens.
our first order was the lake fishes (top photo), since we were at lake como. it was excellent, better even than that at daserna. all the 7 fishes, cured or smoked or pickled, as well as the roe, were all excellent. 2 thumbs up!
and the grilled octopus, that was the best i had during this trip, better even than miky at monterosso, cinque terre. the broth was really good! i would recreate this at home, that is if i can find the octopus.
& the beef carpaccio was again par excellence. so sweet & tasty. my daughter & i loved it(though my wife was a bit off beef tartare). i could have this again!
and the fillet of sole was so good. even the lentils (though i don’t like too much of it) was very tasty with the sweet, lovely mussels. such great dish this! i not so successful with western fish dishes except for my quite excellent cod, but i might try to do this as well.
the catavelli pasta was likewise excellent, and the octopus, clams, mussels & the seafood broth. this i would also try to recreate.
every single dish was excellent. this a restaurant i would not miss if i come again.
because of the location, it is inconvenient though for dinner if not staying at bellagio as there is a ferry to catch!
that was why we changed our prior booking from dinner to lunch. see my full reviews & photos at http://chefquak.com/2014/05/09/best-meal-at-lake-como-alle-darsene-on-17may2014/
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