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““Quite simply the best in Lugano””

Osteria Gallo d'Oro
Ranked #29 of 393 Restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Como, Italy
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
““Quite simply the best in Lugano””
Reviewed June 9, 2013

We enjoyed all the surprised contained in the way the food is served, and also the possibility to have a different wines (one glass) for each course;This was really an amazing experience, all you can produce with food, served in an elegant, yet not at all snobby manner from a young crew.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank 741Luciano741
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best in town”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

I have lived in Lugano for six years now and am yet to find better cuisine than here. Specialities are all fresh and well made. The wine selection does not leave room for wishes (unless one doesnt like italian wines). Don't ask for Ketchup!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Christian R
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Mill Valley, California
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nothing better ANYPLACE in Ticino”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

One of the finest restaurants we have ever eaten in , and as it has evolved over the years, we love it even more. The food just gets better, the owners Matteo and Lisa radiate their love
for their little restaurant. The quality level never alters, and you will have things you just cannot get elsewhere......Do not miss it when in Lugano--but you have to let the taxi know that it is the Gallo D'oro on the hill.....Pasta as you have never eaten before..Love at first sight! The charismatic owners make sure you have a very very good time, and leave sated.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Alice S
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Trieste, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Cuisine from Tuscany”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

When you are abroad and you can find a restaurant where the cooking is exactly the one you can find at home what else you can ask for? A small restaurant above Lugano with nice service and good wines. Recommended for business lunches.

Visited March 2013
Thank danieldenoto
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Padua, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
1,116 reviews
582 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 918 helpful votes
“Not good enough for the price paid.”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

My Darling and I visited this restaurant on a busy Friday night travelling from down town Lugano by taxi ( 71 euros return trip , only 8-10 minutes each way , on each occasion having to endure loud and politically opinionated Sicilian drivers... but it was a Mercedes, at least.)
The restaurant is quite impressive perched on the hill, its a stylish and modern place filled with movers and shakers of the upwardly mobile.
The menu was dictated to us by the waiter , which seemed like a nice touch , but to me whose first language is not Italian, might have been more comfortable with a written menu , especially with some evidence of the prices charged for the dishes.
We chose the two mixed appetiser platters , one from the sea one from the land. A scallop shell with a dissected scallop with a rather dry and tasteless topping of fine bread crumbs. Two battered and fried prawns, batter was a bit stodgy, a crostini with a tartar of fish , a little bowl of fresh mussels in a tomato sauce, marinated small fish and a kind of carpaccio of a fish of unusual texture and taste ... all in all the dish was quite enjoyable , but nothing mind-blowing enough to warrant the price of the dish . My Darling was impressed with his taste of the land, which included some bur rata, small tomatoes, a crostini with liver pate on top, fried fiori di zucca, in the same batter that could have been more enjoyable with more delicate batter. A slice of melanzana which might have been more enjoyable two days ago.
For the main course my darling chose the swordfish , which was excellent , simply served , but the great let down were the veggies accompanying the dish ...really over cooked green beans and uninspiring carrots and zucchini. a splodge of hash potato ....
My fritto mist di mare , was a tad over cooked therefore a bit dry which for the price i think more attention should have been paid to. The presentation of all the dishes had the same ubiquitous garnish of a curly lettuce leaf and some rather tired lemon wedges, that might have been fresh yesterday.
The desserts we chose were the chocolate fondant , which was excellent ... the mille feuille filled with creme chantilly , which squished all over the place when one attacked the pastry with a fork. Accompanied by some wild strawberries was a nice touch , the cream filling could do with some reconsidering IMO. The combo was not as harmonious to the palate as to the eye.
I had a glass of excellent prosecco.... and two small bottles of water.... The damage 181 euros. with taxi 252 euros.
A very expensive experience for something not quite good enough .

  • Visited April 2013
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5 Thank Saskiagrav
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