Fodor's Expert Review La Tinera

$ Lugano Italian

Tucked down an alley off Via Pessina, this cozy basement taverna squeezes loyal locals and tourists onto hard wooden chairs and benches for authentic regional specialties, hearty meats, and pastas. Ticinese wines are served in traditional ceramic bowls—try a strong red to cut through the thick polenta taragna, made of cornmeal and buckwheat (once you try it, you will never eat the bland yellow version again), served with luganighe, cumin-flavored local sausages. End your meal with strong espresso matched with light, melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu.

Italian Lively Lunch Dinner $

Quick Facts

Via dei Gorini 2
Lugano, Ticino  6900, Switzerland


Known For:
  • Budget-friendly traditional meals
  • Melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu
  • Wine served in handmade boccalini
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Aug.

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