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“Fantastic local food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grotto del Giuvan - CLOSED

Grotto del Giuvan
Price range: $21 - $71
Cuisines: Italian, Swiss, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Cash Only, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Ticino grotto with great food, good wine and excellent company!Grotto con piatti tipici ticinesi, buon vino e bella compagnia!
Lugano
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50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fantastic local food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Grotto del Giuvan is a homely nice restaurant at the bottom of Monte Generoso. It has a nice terrace overlooking Mendrisio, but what really distinguishes this restaurant is the use of local produce to deliver excellent food with a genuine touch. Being a "Grotto" (a traditional restaurant in this region of Switzerland), it has a rustic atmosphere.
Among the things we tried out there was the "risotto allo zincarlin" (a type of cheese produced only a few km away in Valle di Muggio) and a delicious entree based on asparagus. The selection of home made deserts was also mouth watering, and I definitely recommend "panna cotta alla farina bona".

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
12 Thank idsiatrip
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Level Contributor
36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good food with authentic local slow food products, but tiny portions and not very efficient service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

We were about 15 people, which was a big difficult to handle by the friendly but too small staff. The quality of the products was excellent and there were some quite special local items really worth trying. However portions were tiny: you need to take a full three course meal to get enough, but then it gets quite expensive too. The place in itself is alright, but not spectacularly beautiful. All in all we had a good experience, but I had hoped for better than that.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank Flautor
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“A real treat - never been let down”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

We always take our very special guests to Grotto del Giuvan because while the atmosphere is that of a typical Tessinois restaurant which hasn't been ruined with chrome and glitz, the menu is rich with clever combinations of local produce, a welcome change from the usual minestrone, brasata, funghi and polenta. It is also one of too few eating places in Ticino which declare that all the food they serve is prepared and cooked in their kitchen and not bought in ready-made...and always provide for vegetarians in their menus. An American guest on a business trip to Europe declared that the meal he had here was better than any tasted in Paris and Bologna.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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14 Thank Mable46
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

Not your usual Grotto - different tastes and intriguing combinations while preserving the typical Grotto atmosphere. Decent prices too.

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61 Thank Mable46
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