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Ristorante Sociale, Como

8 Via Maestri Comacini
Lake Como
Italy 22100
Tel: 39 031 264 042's insider take:

There's nothing fancy about this homey trattoria under an arcade beside Como's cathedral, and that's pretty much the point. The only hints of pretension are the playbills and actors' autographed photos carpeting the walls, a sign of the restaurant's popularity with the casts, crews, and post-show crowd from the Teatro Sociale next door. They all come for the home cooking. The set menu includes four pastas, four meats, and a side to choose from. Just don't order the fish, which (curiously, given the restaurant's location mere blocks from the lake) is frozen.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays noon to 2:30 pm and 7 to 10:15 pm, September through July.

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