Bellagio is a lovely small town on Lake Como and very popular vacation destination, especially during the summer months. It is known for its historic and elegant villas, gardens, parks, charming streets, shops, and art galleries. Food is mostly influenced by the lake, so many restaurants specialize in seafood. However, almost all of them also have Italian classics like pasta and pizza.
Bellagio is located in the Lombardy region, which is very popular for its excellent wines. Therefore, you can find many wine shops and bars around the town where you can try wine tastings. Keep in mind that this town is crowded with tourists, so many restaurants are actually tourist traps. To ensure that you will have an amazing eating experience, here we will show you the best restaurants in Bellagio:
(This article contains 5 restaurants in Bellagio, which are best in our subjective opinion. The order of the restaurants is not related to the quality they offer. Every restaurant has its pros and cons, so choose the one based on your personal preferences.)
Enoteca CavaTuracciolo is a beautiful restaurant and wine bar located in a 200-year-old stone cavern where locals used to store snow in the winter and use it as a fridge in the summer. You can find it a bit out of the way of the bustling steep alleys, and it is a great place for small bites and appetizers.
Therefore, if you are tired of large pasta and meat dishes and want to enjoy a meat and cheese platter with excellent local wines, this restaurant is a must. However, there are also lake fish, meat, and pasta dishes for hungry ones. You can sit on a couple of chairs outside on the steps, which is pretty romantic around sunset time. Inside, you can enjoy a cozy and warm atmosphere in a wooden interior full of wine bottles.
If you are not sure which wine to choose, just ask the waiter, and he will be glad to help you out. Even though Enoteca CavaTuracciolo is a busy place with people constantly coming and going, you will still receive quality service that will make you feel like you are the only one there. So, if you want to experience something unique in Bellagio or just want to enjoy authentic Italian wines, put this lovely restaurant on your “to-do” list.
Although there are lots of wine-tasting places in this small town, this one is truly the best. Enoteca CavaTuracciolo is open every day except Wednesday from 11:30 AM (11:30 hours) to 1:00 AM (1:00 hours) during the summer season (from April to October), and from 10:30 AM (10:30 hours) to 12:00 AM (00:00 hours) during the winter season (October and December). Keep in mind that the restaurant is closed from January to March.
- Location: Salita Genazzini 3
- Website: CavaTuracciolo.it
- Distance: 250 meters (0.1 miles) from Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini in Bellagio
- Phone: +39 031 950 975
Aperitivo Et Al
Aperitivo Et Al is another wonderful small wine bar where you can have an authentic Italian wine experience. It is located at the top of one of the most popular streets in Bellagio, so it is often very busy with people. They do not take bookings in advance, so you can’t reserve your table. Therefore, don’t be surprised if all tables are taken when you get there. Even though Aperitivo Et Al is primarily a wine bar, there are also some yummy dishes on offer here, so it deserves to be on our list.
There is a small seating area outside from where you can have an amazing view. The interior looks like a rustic stone house with a kitchen full of delights and a big storage of wines. Most guests come here for wine tasting, so they order wine alone or with a ham and cheese plate. However, there are also few types of pastas and lasagna are also perfect for those who want to have a proper lunch.
You can find wines for every budget, but food prices are a little bit higher due to the popularity of this place. Still, if you like small plates, and enjoy sharing your food, or just don’t want to eat big but fancy, then this is a perfect place for you to spend some free time. Aperitivo Et Al is open every day of the week from 11:00 AM (11:00 hours) to 12:00 AM (00:00 hours).
- Location: Salita Serbelloni 34
- Website: AperitivoBellagio.com
- Distance: 200 meters (0.1 miles) from Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini in Bellagio
- Phone: +39 031 951 523
Ittiturismo Ristorante Mella
Ittiturismo Ristorante Mella is a lovely family-run restaurant located in San Giovanni, a quiet fishing village a short walk from Bellagio. It became popular because of the beautiful lab called Ice which is world-famous from the Netflix show “Dogs”. So, if you like dogs, you can meet their superstar pet. Ittiturismo Ristorante Mella is a family-run restaurant with the mother looking around, the son who catches fresh fish every day and his wife, a waitress.
Therefore, you can expect friendly and warm service, prices that are cheaper than in Bellagio, and great local fish dishes. It is advisable to make a reservation in advance because this lovely place is very popular among locals. The menu is pretty extensive, with a good selection of lake specialty starters, pasta courses, and mains. One of Bellagio’s “signature” dishes is the fried lake perch with risotto, and it is truly excellent, so try it if you want to eat something authentic.
The freshly caught fish from Lake Como is on the menu every day, and there is also the tasting menu. Worth mentioning is that you will have a lovely lake view from the inside of the restaurant, which makes the atmosphere pretty romantic. Ittiturismo Ristorante Mella is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12:30 PM (12:30 hours) to 2:00 PM (14:00 hours) for lunch, and from 7:30 PM (19:30 hours) to 9:00 PM (21:00 hours) for dinner.
- Location: Piazza S. Giovanni Battista 6
- Website: RistoranteMella.it
- Distance: 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) from Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini in Bellagio
- Phone: +39 031 950 205
Alle Darsene di Loppia
Alle Darsene di Loppia is a beautiful little restaurant located in a small fishing village called Loppia. This lovely eating place is only a 15-minute walk away from Bellagio, so you won’t walk far from the town center. It has a nice outdoor seating area under the pergola and an elegant interior with comfortable chairs and lots of space between tables.
Because of its location, which is far away from crowds, Alle Darsene di Loppia is usually not full of guests, so you will easily find your table and have a peaceful meal. This is primarily a seafood restaurant, but there are some lovely pasta dishes on the menu, too, among which we recommend truffle pasta. There is also a tasting menu which is offered with lots of delicious surprises and wonderful wine pairings.
Prices are a bit high but still reasonable for a fine dining experience. Also, portions are not so big, so come here if you are not too hungry and want to enjoy an exceptional dining experience. Worth mentioning is that the staff is very intuitive and anticipates any need.
Also, there is a sommelier who is amazing at his job, so every detail in this restaurant is made by high standards. Alle Darsene di Loppia is open every day except Monday from 12:00 PM (12:00 hours) to 2:30 PM (14:30 hours) for lunch, and from 7:00 PM (19:00 hours) to 9:30 PM (21:30 hours) for dinner. Keep in mind that the restaurant is closed in January and February.
- Location: Via Melzi d’Eril 1
- Website: RistoranteDarsenediLoppia.com
- Distance: 1.4 kilometers (0.8 miles) from Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini in Bellagio
- Phone: +39 031 952 069
Ristorante Terrazza Barchetta
Ristorante Terrazza Barchetta is a completely opposite place from the previous restaurant on our list. It is located in the center of Bellagio, so it is almost impossible to get a table without a reservation. The restaurant is hidden away up above another restaurant. Therefore, you should look closely along the street to find it, but it is definitely worth the effort.
Ristorante Terrazza Barchetta is small enough for attentive service but still big enough to have a real “buzz”. There is also a lovely terrace with hanging plants all around, so try to reserve a table there. The menu offers local seafood along with traditional Lombardy dishes. The food is a bit pricier than comparables around because of its popular location, but it is not a rip-off by any means.
The amount of ordered food is pretty generous, which is perfect for hungry ones. We advise trying stuffed zucchini flowers made in a traditional way with a bit of modern twist. The staff is also very helpful and kind. Ristorante Terrazza Barchetta is open every day except Tuesday from 12:00 PM (12:00 hours) to 2:30 PM (14:30 hours) for lunch and from 7:00 PM (19:00 hours) to 10:00 PM (22:00 hours) for dinner.
- Location: Salita Antonio Mella 15
- Website: RistoranteBarchetta.com
- Distance: Right on the Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini in Bellagio
- Phone: +39 031 951 389
Where to find the best restaurants in Bellagio?
Bellagio is popular among tourists, so there are many restaurants all around to choose from. However, there are many tourist traps with high prices and bellow-average food. Therefore, you should always check reviews for specific restaurants which you can easily find online. If you are in a hurry or lack internet access, try to avoid bad restaurants with these simple tricks.
Firstly, never go into a restaurant that doesn’t have a menu on display or has a hassle guy in front of it. Secondly, try to find restaurants that are located a little bit away from popular tourist spots. These ones usually have better food and prices, and they are visited because of their food and not location or view. If you come inside the restaurant where you don’t know how good the food is, order pasta, because this meal can rarely be bad in Italy. Bon Appetit!