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“On this occasion only an average meal, variable quality” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Piccolo Lago Ristorante

Piccolo Lago Ristorante
Ranked #3 of 193 Restaurants in Verbania
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, European, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“On this occasion only an average meal, variable quality”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2011

Excellent service but rib eye steak lacking in flavour, unusual for this cut of beef.
Head chef not visibly present - may explain variable quality compared to previous excellent meal in 2010.
Ambience and lighting very good, but evening wood fire made room more smoky than ideal. Irritating flash photography of another customer.

  • Visited March 2011
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bucharest, Romania
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“magnifico”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2010

the food, the view, the atmosphere, EVERYTHING was five stars expierience

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Lynton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Classy and delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2010

One of best restaurants in Italy.
Everything, from the design to the food is perfect, elegant, innovative and professional. Waiters anticipate any of your requests, and the chef's brother is a master of serving wine with a candle, in the best tradition of wine tasting.
Last but not least, the view on the Mergozzo lake is peaceful and enchanting.
Too bad the restaurants doesn't have rooms, would complete the experience beautifully.

Highly recommendend. Pricey but totally worth it.

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Thank Delicieuse
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Milan, Italy
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165 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“On that only occasion: rip off!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2009

Well, I used to live on Lake Maggiore and this restaurant has always been considered one of the best in the area. Unfortunately, the only one time I went there was for a Christmas party organized by a local well known international Club 3 or 4 years ago. The price for the food was high (50 Euros per person, and consider that the menu was the same for everyone) and the food was pretty bad compared to the reputation that this restaurant had!! A mild risotto, some meat with potatoes and a simple "panettone" for dessert, small portions!! Well, that Club club never organized another dinner there again. Maybe this does not happen to small groups of people (there were at least 100 people on that occasion), but the menu was the same for everyone so no big deal for a restaurant I guess!! Very disappointing. The only positive thing is the location, superb, with a spectacular view on lake Mergozzo.
Please, take into account that the reputation of this place is still excellent food wise, so maybe it just does not work for big groups or simply didn't work that time.

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7 Thank ejj80
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Simply the best food - and good value despite the hgh price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2009

Piccolo Lago was a dining experience like nothing else we have experiences before. We pre-booked a table for a special occasion and were treated to a superb evening of divine food, impeccable service and a romantic sunset over the lake. Going for the full experience - the "Grand Surprise Menu" definitely showed of the best of Italian cooking and it is easy to see why this restaurant has two Michelin stars. Prices may be steep but the food, presentation and service are spectacular and this actually makes it good value. On top of that there is a "never-ending" hot bread stone - all freshly bakes in house of course. Menus start at €75/person and can be over €200/person with wine included so this really is something for a very special occasion indeed. Truly superb and definitely worth it!

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Thank t_kus
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