by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
January 10, 2001
With a menu written in three languages (English, Italian and German) even my sister who speaks absolutely NO Italian had no difficulty finding exactly what she wanted. Although the evening was a bit chilly, we chose to dine on the lovely lake-side terrace. Space heaters banished the chill and we were quite comfortable wearing only light sweaters.
Fresh seafood items are a specialty of the house. Look for mollusks (capazozzoli): mussels, scallops and calamari. Bay shrimp, spider crabs and mantis shrimp are all fresh from Lago di Garda or other nearby lakes. Fall and spring visitors should look for moleche, tiny just-molted soft-shelled extremely tasty crabs. Other main course possibilities include tortelli stuffed with nettles and ricotta, pheasant in grape sauce served with polenta and my personal favorite-- Lamb sauced with Amarone and almonds and served with a seasonal risotto.
Note: This is one of the many restaurants in the area which allows patrons to bring their pet dogs into the eating area. This is very common in restaurants around the lake, especially among the many German tourists in this area. Generally, the dogs have been trained to remain quietly under the table and are, in most cases, better behaved than lots of children I’ve encountered in restaurants here in the US.
From journal Romantic Sirmione