When you are in Lugano you must eat.
Eat the local pasta, the game (if you visit in the fall like us), the roasting chestnuts, sweet crepes, and delicate pastries.
After a morning of working I met Mr. Z downtown where he had finished his day at a conference. Bundled in our coats we strolled along the lake taking in the beautiful view and discussed the very important options of what to eat.
Making it to the center (the piazza) we crossed the main road and entered into the winding pedestrian streets of downtown.
With a big dinner planned later that evening, as it neared 5pm we decided it was best to stop for a snack.
I knew just the café.
This place is like stepping back in time.
The café originally opened it’s doors back in 1803. To put that into perspective, Ohio was just becoming a recognized state and Napoleon Bonaparte was considering surrendering the Louisiana territories to the US (aka the Louisiana purchase).
Through its many years the café has welcomed distinguished guests from around the world – Prince Vittorio Emanuele (the only son of the last king of Italy), Erich Maria Remarque (best known for writing All Quiet On the Western Front), and old time Hollywood film stars Clark Gable and Sofia Loren … just to name a few.
But I think I’v given you enough background. Take a look.
Mr. Z and I sat for a long while, chatting over tarts, tea and rich thick coco.
The service is attentive but never looking to turn a table. It’s almost as if time goes back and everyone isn’t in such a rush. Sitting and enjoying the moment while seeing the people pass by bundled in their coats through the gift filled windows I certainly was in no hurry to leave.
If you’re in Lugano. You must stop and enjoy.
We left downtown with just enough time to change for dinner.
We met our friends at Villa Principe Leopoldo. A hot spot for a fancy summer getaway sitting proudly on the mountainside looking down into the lake of Lugano.
In a word the restaurant is proper. It’s classic and almost empty cream walls and soft green seating give full attention to the large glass mirrors and glass doors which frame the garden and mountain view lit by many tiny lights in the dark.
A little starter of the house and freshly baked breads (go for the olive).
I started with a beautiful creamed pumpkin soup.
The rest of the table enjoyed the lobster bisque and pheasant.
Mr. Z’s freshly saved truffle.
We planned to meet again tomorrow to take in the city one last time before catching our flight back to Dubai.
Join Me !