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“Authentic and Delicious”
Review of La Baita

La Baita
Ranked #10 of 41 Restaurants in Menaggio
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: This restaurant is mentioned in one of your forums, but is not listed in your rated restaurants in Menaggio. This is one of the most exquiste dining experience we have had. We have travelled the world but there is only one La Baita.
Reviewed April 24, 2014

We have been living in Italy for over a year - we eat out often enough that we feel as though we are qualified to rate Italian cuisine. Let's start there, because that's ultimately why you go to a restaurant. La Baita nails traditional Italian cuisie. It is unapologetically authentic. We started with an antipasti - bresaola, which is an air-dried beef. The presentation was beautiful and the taste was delicious. If I had one complaint - it would be around this dish. When you dine in "family" style places like this - be careful. I ordered the dish, thinking we could all share one portion (€15). She asked if we wanted it for four, and I said "yes" - thinking she meant for us all to share. Instead, she brought four portions (€60) - which was way more meat than any of us ever needed.

Next, we had a trio of pasta - a sampling of ravioli in butter in sage sauce, pasta with tomato and mushroom and a penne arrabiata. The pasta was served family style - she brought out a large bowl and spooned portions onto our plate. The bread they served (so you can scoop the sauce) was very good.

Finally, we ordered ribs and lamb - also served family style. I was careful to explain that I only wanted one portion of each as well (we were already stuffed). I didn't need eight portions of food brought out! We were too stuffed to eat dessert, so just moved onto to cafe.

I would give the food 10/10 - really good, really authentic.

Next, the atmosphere. You can do NO better for an authentic meal than a place like La Baita. High in the hills of Menaggio - the place commands an amazing view of Lake Como. But for me - the unpretentious look of the place, the fact that it's hidden in the woods and the requirement to travel a narrow and winding road make it perfect. You may even question that you're on the right road.... you are - just keep going.

The proprietors were incredibly nice. They forgave me for arriving very late for lunch (I had called ahead and traffic caused us to be 45 min late). We didn't sit down to lunch until after 2:00 - which is waaaaay after the normal lunch time; they handled it with kindness and made us feel comfortable despite our awkward arrival.

All in all - it was a great place, but not for the faint of heart. If you want good authentic Italian food, in the hills with a magical view - then this is the place for you. If you only want typical touristy places, stay in town.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The drive was not for the faint hearted, but it was worth it! High up in the hills above Menaggio lies this great authentic Italian restaurant. The views over the lake are awesome. The food is good wholesome Italian fare. it was tasty and filling! The service was friendly and attentive. Would highly recommend!

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Thank Sarah F
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Absolutely stunning views, absolutely worth the trip just to sit on the terrace! It's at the end of the road all by itself immersed in the forest, so you're surrounded by peace and quiet. The food was also good and reasonable priced, we each had the 'typical menu' that included polenta with 3 various meats (pork ribs, venison, and beef), ice cream, and a café for 18 Euros per person - outstanding for anywhere around Como! Would highly recommend a trip up to this restaurant!

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Thank trashtalk
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

At the end of a long and windy country road (persevere! You'll think you're never getting there!), this is a great little place. A limited menu (vegetarian choices few and far between) built around some amazing buckwheat polenta and every meat option you could wish. Venison was particularly good. It's not fine dining by any stretch of the imagination but all the better for that.
Highly recommended!

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Thank Djy123
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Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Treat yourself to probably the best views in Menaggio, Lake Como and without doubt a fantastic value meal. We've had two evening meals here since our arrival as it represents overall top value. The service is excellent and the meals very generous indeed. I suggest a reservation be made especially during the summer months. Closed Tuesdays. Well well worth a visit. Highly recommended.

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Thank wannadanz
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