October 22, 2002
Two brisk waiters will make you feel a little rushed if you have dinner after 8PM. They close the bar and restaurant promptly at 9PM. Roberto will however let you finish your wine.
Before they run you out, the limited but tasty menu includes Italian specialties (raveoli, linguini, lasanga) seafood(fresh trout from the lake), the tagesteller, dayplate (roast beef, gravy, rice and vegetables) and the everlasting steak along with assorted salads and veggies. All entrees are ala carte except the tagesteller.
Our first night we had a wonderful waiter and delicious aromatic pasta. While I had Lasanga (12 dollars) with a wonderful garlicy tomatoe and cheese sauce served piping hot, Robert had Raveoli(12.50) smothered in cheese and and drowning in a basil tomatoe sauce. MMM-good. Only one problem, nothing on the side no salad ,no bread, just the pasta. We shared a lovely mellow bottle of red wine, Merlot, and then wondered if the chef new his stuff as I could not finish.
Next evening I chose the tagesteller and Robert the fish, which he found disappointing while I found the roast beef tender, hot, juicy and the cauliflower in cream sause was a delight. As we often dined late and alone it was romantic with low lights, very subdued music and the twinkling lights of Lugano in the distance reflecting in the dark waters. They accept MC and Visa and are quite pleasant, just close a little too early for me. We found the bar a bit on the expensive side but then so were most places compared to northern Switzerland.
From journal A Run to South Switzerland (Lugano)