If you go . . .
Where to stay
II Sereno Lago di Como — Como’s newest, most modern property has already been declared the most luxurious lodging on the lake since opening last year. Il Sereno’s 30 suites all have a view of the water. There are more views at the infinity pool and at Ristorante Berton Al Lago, where Michelin star chef Andrea Berton puts an innovative spin on traditional flavors. Rooms start at $750 per night in low season.
Via Torrazza 10, Torno, www.serenohotels.com,
+39 031 547 7800.
Where to eat
Locanda La Tirlindana — If you’re fortunate enough to own your own boat on Lake Como, or, more likely, borrow or rent one, carefully look for Locanda La Tirlindana’s dock and pull up for lunch. You’ll find the international crowd here enjoying a well-curated wine list and dining on buckwheat tagliolini with asparagus and clams, or lake fish with gratinated bacon. Main courses start at $20.
Piazza Matteotti 5, Sala Comacina, www.latirlindana.it,
+39 0344 56637
Market Place — Chef Davide Maci’s intimate restaurant is more urban than most on the lake, and there are no views, but the trade-off is three menus (a la carte, classic, and a very innovative gourmet menu) that emphasizes seasonal ingredients served in a sleek dining room. Main courses start at about $20.
Via Borsieri, 21/A,
+39 031 270712.
Ristorante Momi — It’s not easy to reach, but the reward of Momi is not only the views, but, more importantly, chef Andrea Dotti detto Momi’s cuisine. His menu is hearty but innovative, leaning heavily on house-made pasta and local fish. The staff was extraordinarily helpful and even took the time to translate every dish on the menu. It’s open for breakfast and lunch, but skip ahead and plan your dinner here, carefully timed to the sunset.
Via Per Girola, Blevio,
+39 334 120 2327.