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“For me still the best restaurant in Lugano”
Review of Trani

Trani
Ranked #19 of 387 Restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $45
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“For me still the best restaurant in Lugano”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

Do not expect anything complicated or hip. Trani is located on the scalinata that goes to the Cathedral in a special builiding that gives you the impression of being in a "Cantina" where they keep wines.

They do simple food with excellent ingredients. This time we had Spaghetti alla Crudaiola (with fresh tomato, mozzarella cubes and basil) and Tartar di Tonno (Tuna), followed by Grapefruit Sherbet (homemade of course).

What made the dishes special was the excellent olive oil used (from Umbria but the owner didn't share the secret).

If you like special preparations of vegetables like Pumpkin Flower, Artichokes, Truffles, Mushrooems.... you are definitively in the right place, and believe me, this is not easy to find anymore.

Very good wine selection as well, this is a very romantic restaurant as well for a date.

  • Visited July 2012
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London, UK
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Delicious food and friendly service”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

I had a lovely lunch here while on a day trip to Lugano from Como. The Insalat Mista was simple but full of interesting leaves and vegetables and nicely dressed. The merlot risotto with parmean basket was rich and delicious. Not cheap, but then nothing is in the area, but better value that many places.

  • Visited June 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent food and very nice place”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

We were walking randomly in the streets, trying to avoid the hundreds of tourists having dinner in downtown... In a little street, we found this very charming restaurant. Food was excellent (Tuna Steak -perfectly prepared- and Red-Eye Beef, about CHF approx. 40.- each). Wines and desserts were great too. Service was perfect and prices are completely normal for Switzerland (in Geneva we would pay 20% more for this quality). Finally, the owner is very nice and he told us he's new (since January 2012)... So the negative comments here below might be "outdated"... We definitely recommend you to go there, especially if you are looking for something genuine and romantic.

  • Visited May 2012
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful location, great staff and superb food!”
Reviewed September 16, 2011

We stayed at apartments across the way from here and ate here both nights - the first night was for convenience as we stumbled upon it. The second night, we came back and had one of the best meals of our holiday.

Lovely setting with tables on the quiet cobbled streets of the upper central area in Lugano - very romantic setting.

  • Visited September 2011
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Eugene, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“An excellent place with fine food, service and atmosphere.”
Reviewed July 12, 2011

The caponata appetizer was superb. The steak tartare was a larger portion than I expected and excellent. The owner was very helpful and efficient. He even recommended a restaurant in our next destination. Wine by the glass excellent. Atmosphere is cozy with two rooms, each with a different tone. Located in downtown, easy walking distance from our hotel.

  • Visited June 2011
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