food and drink

Food and Drink Overview

Italian food is very traditional and consists mainly of; pasta, meat, bread, fish and tomato sauces. The Italians like to sit down and eat their meals without rushing them.  Mealtimes are very important to Italians, as it is not only the food that they enjoy, it is also the
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Olive Oil

Olive oil is an important part of the Italian diet and every Italian kitchen will have a bottle of it.  It can be used for cooking, baking, frying and you can even put it in salads.  It can also be used to preserve vegetables too. Olives are harvested between the months of
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Typical Italian Menu

A typical Italian menu, la lista, has many courses, but you do not have to order them all. Listed below are the names of each course and an idea of what you might order in an Italian restaurant. Antipasti (appetizers) might be bruschetta (grilled garlic bread with chopped tomato)
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Italian Eateries

A good indication of where to go out for a meal in Lake Como is to find out where the locals go, this way you will be guaranteed fantastic food. If there are no menus available and you have to ask the waiter what dishes are available, you can be sure that the food will be freshly
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Eating Out Overview

Lake Como has a variety of eateries to choose from; small pizzeria’s to  expensive restaurants, you can be sure to find a place that suits your budget and taste.  The majority of restaurants and pizzerias are open daily. Some may close one day a week but this varies. Times
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Cooking Lesson with Chef Gandola, Bellagio

You can arrange a private cooking lesson with Chef Luigi Gandola who will meet you in your hotel lobby, post office or ferry port in Bellagio at 10.00 a.m. You will t hen travel to his family’s restaurant the “Salice Blu.” Once you arrive at the restaurant you can
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Wine Tasting

Morbegno in the Valtellina region and approximately 30 minutes north of Colico, Lake Como offer open cellar events.  Morbegno will open its cellar doors to wine tastings of nebbiolo from the Valtellina region. Various wine tours can be completed; green and yellow course include
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Cooking Lesson with Chef Moreno, Varenna

Il Caminetto restaurant in Varenna offers cooking lessons with Chef Moreno who speaks fluent English.  This traditional Italian restaurant has been offering these cooking classes for a number of years. You will learn to make pasta the authentic way as well as other delicious
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