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Lake Como

A short stay at Lake Como was a perfect ending to our Italian skiing trip. It is indeed beautiful: deep blue water, rocky Alpine peaks and charming towns with narrow streets. It's almost beautiful enough to be boring! We probably would have been a little bored, had it not been for exciting culinary experiences.

La Fattoria in Gravedona was recommended by our host. The road was long and winding, but it was definitely worth it! It was a Saturday night and the place was filled with Italian families. The food was delicious and the service amazing - we felt like visiting good friends for dinner. The restaurant serves homemade regional food. It was the first time I tried sciatt - buckwheat fritters with local cheese. I then went for the heaviest dish on the planet, pizzoccheri: homemade buckwheat pasta with potatoes and lots of cheese. I never say no to a homemade tiramisu and this one was exceptionally good!

We spent the next day walking around picturesque streets of Varenna. We chose to go for lunch to a nearby village of Perledo. Another curvy mountain road was already a good sign - Crott del Meo turned out to be a great place! They don't have a menu, but the chef, Carlo, comes up to guests for a little chat and then serves whatever he sees fit. In our case it was a lovely selection of local cheese and charcuterie, followed by another hefty portion of pizzoccheri and delectable ravioli with ricotta. The tiramisu looked great, but we didn't have time to try it, as we had to catch our flight. We will be back!