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Stresa: Il Vicoletto

Vicolo del Poncivo 3 , Phone: 0323 932102

Closing day: Thursday

Reviewed by: Janet Zinn from NY, review #3251

When: 2009

We ate here two nights in a row, can't get a better recommendation than that!

Chalkboard menu at Il Vicoletto, photo by Janet Zinn

We liked this intimate, elegant (yet casual) restaurant in Stresa so much that we ate here on both nights of our two-night stay. We also noticed another couple at an adjoining table who also were there two nights in a row! There was no other place in town that seemed comparable.

Piemontese cooking, but with a modern bent. Freshest fish, wonderful and inventive pastas. The first night we had a warm cuttlefish salad with orange; followed for me by a wonderful tagliatelle with mixed seafood, and for my husband a very unusual pasta - sort of a cannelloni stuffed with Baccala, au gratin - scrumptious! And an artful hazelnut semifreddo dessert.

Accompanied by a delicious Roero Arneis, the bill came to about 55 euros. The second night, we went for meats - a carpaccio with Parmigiano and celery for starters; grilled lamb two ways for me; and a braised veal cheek in beer for the spouse. A bottle of Barbera d'Alba and a tiramasu rounded out the bill of about 60 euros.

The menu is on a chalkboard, changing daily. There are a few outside tables, without a real view but still nice to be out on a spring night; reserve ahead for these unless you come at opening.

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