Fodor's Expert Review Al Portone

$$$ Lugano Italian Fodor's Choice

Silver and lace dress up the stucco and stone, but the ambience is cozy, and the chef-owner, Francis Carré, serves refined Franco-Italian cuisine at this true find—nowhere else in Switzerland can you find such an elegant meal at such a reasonable price. Inventive dishes like cardamom-poached pears with Gorgonzola mousse and roasted loin of lamb in a Provençale crust are served alongside vegetarian delights on the special meat-free menu. When the summer heat is stifling, ask to dine in the small garden.

Italian Sophisticated Lunch Dinner Fodor's Choice $$$

Quick Facts

Viale Cassarate 3
Lugano, Ticino  6900, Switzerland


Known For:
  • Well-priced gourmet cuisine
  • Small garden for alfresco dining
  • Charming chef aims to please
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., and early Jan. and Aug., Closed Sun. and Mon., and in early Jan. and Aug.

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