We got a recommendation from our tour guide for another Italian restaurant. She said it was her favorite and she is married to an Italian, so we thought we better trust her. So we headed off to Casa Tolone. I'm not sure if Steve asked her the best way to reach the restaurant, because we walked up the street until we saw a sign for the restaurant and then we had to climb a staircase of something close to a thousand steps. Maybe not quite a thousand, but the next day when we told the guide that we went there, she asked if we had taken the elevator and seemed shocked when we told her that we walked up.
But the walk was worth it. I would tell anyone who is coming to Lucerne to put Casa Tolone at the top of their list. It was a little more expensive than our meal at Valentino’s, but we had more wine and better wine, so it’s hard to compare. The atmosphere is a little more sedate and a little more elegant, too.
As for the food, it was incredible. We started off by splitting our favorite antipasto, a tomato mozzarella salad. Then I had the lightest, most delicious ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach in a sage butter sauce.
Steve had a variation on his usual Arrabiata. Their version was with rigatoni and it had lamb on top. I tasted the lamb, and it was pretty amazing.
It wasn't a heavy meal but we were so full we couldn't order dessert, although the gelato plate of assorted flavors looked tempting. Our bill with wine and Pellagrino came to 105 Swiss Francs or about $90 US dollars or 63 Euros. Very reasonable, and we both agreed it was the best meal of the trip.