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Vecchia Lugana, Sirmione

1 Piazzale Vecchia Lugana
Lake Garda
Italy 25019
Tel: 39 030 919 012's insider take:

For three decades, the Ambrosi family ran Lake Garda's best restaurant in this converted 16th-century farmhouse at the base of the Sirmione peninsula. They closed up shop in 2004 but reopened in 2007 with Pierantonio Ambrosi in the kitchen, just as it should be. The cuisine is a delightfully inventive take on local ingredients: a classic terrine of eels; a soup of lake fish stewed with cannellini beans; a rack of lamb with hazelnuts, artichokes, and coriander with a celeriac purée; and roasted red snapper in an onion fondue with saffron-tinged mussels. Be sure to leave room for Parmigiano mousse with green tomato marmalade or chocolate layered with citrus fruit and salted pistachios.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 12:30 to 2 pm and 7:30 to 10 pm, February through December.

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