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San Rocco, Orta San Giulio

11 Via Gippini
Orta San Giulio
Italy 28016
Tel: 39 0322 911 977's insider take:

Everyone needs a break from Italian food once in a while, and the international cuisine at the San Rocco fits the bill. Start with the smoked Scottish salmon or "Paris style" escargots before moving on to veal filets drizzled with white truffle sauce and gnocchi with walnuts and Gorgonzola (in Italy, even pointedly multicultural menus pay homage to regional specialties). If you can handle it, the hazelnut parfait with Gianduia chocolate sauce makes a fine finish. The restaurant, with picture-window views of the lake and its island, shares its 17th-century convent and quiet stone cloisters with the four-star, 85-room Hotel San Rocco. Worn modular furnishings and a decor focused on pinks and peaches make the rooms look a bit outdated, but the external scenery is the draw here—splurge on a room with a lake view and be sure to request air conditioning if you're traveling in summer.

Open daily 12:30 to 2 pm and 7:30 to 10 pm.

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