Gardesana, Torri del Benaco
Torri del Benaco
Tel: 39 045 722 5411
Concierge.com's insider take:
Annalisa and Giuseppe Lorenzini oversee this classic lakeside restaurant and inn located in a 1452 palazzo (Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Winston Churchill, and King Juan Carlos I have all spent the night). Despite this illustrious background, the indoor dining room is unspectacular, so be sure to request a table on the long terrace. The sweeping view is of the seafront promenade lined with medieval buildings and the town's 14th-century castle just across a tiny harbor bobbing with fishing boats. The menu is very northern Italian, with some international influences. The specialty is humble chub turned into a lemon and thyme–scented roulade. Other standouts include wild salmon marinated with smoked duck and lentils, fresh ricotta gnocchi with white truffles, and veal nuggets and sweetbreads grilled on a spear of cinnamon.
Open daily 7 to 10 pm, May through mid-September; open Wednesdays through Mondays 7 to 10 pm, mid-September through October and mid-March through May.