Lake Como

bfastareaWe got into Lake Como early after leaving Genoa as early as possible.  It is insanely gorgeous here.  We had breakfast by the lake.  Kind of speechless.  The photos do not do this place justice.  We are staying at Villa d’Este.  Our friend recommended we stay at Casta Diva Resort.  He knows the area because his parents live in Como.  It seemed like an equally beautiful spot but it was about a 30 minute drive from the restaurant we want to go to vs 5 minutes from Villa d’Este.  30 minutes just is too long in our book.

lakeAfter checking into our room we took a boat around the lake.  It is a huge lake with the most beautiful mountains that look like dark moss that just tumble into the water.  Plenty of gorgeous homes built lake side and into the hills.  It is just perfect.

stepsWe took the boat into Bellagio that is about 30 minutes by boat from the hotel and about an hour drive.  It has been inhabited for thousands of years.  The history is pretty amazing.  Now it is one big tourist place which is kind of unfortunate. We walked the stairs that were built sometime around the mid-1800’s and strolled through the streets.  Then we got back on our boat and went to lunch.

lunchviewWe did the touristy thing and had lunch at a restaurant in the middle of the Lake that has been around since the 40’s called Locanda dell’Isola Comacina.  The views are beautiful and it is pretty nice sitting on this little island in the middle of the lake.  The food is not great but they have been serving the exact same prix-fixe since when the restaurant opened.  Cash only.  I knew exactly what we were getting ourselves into but we were both glad we went.  This is the view from our table and the place was empty.

veggiesWe began with a mixture of vegetables, a tomato topped with lemon and olive oil and a plate of meats.  The best thing was the roasted onions.

troutThen we were served a roasted sea trout.  They fillet it at your table and then douse the fish with lemon, salt, pepper and olive oil.  Kind of over the top.  Doesn’t everything taste good when doused in olive oil, lemon and salt?

chickenNext out is fried chicken and a iceberg lettuce salad tossed with red wine vinegar and olive oil.   A weird combo.

cheeseThen a hunk of Parmesan cheese.

icecreamDessert of vanilla ice cream and oranges doused with brandy.

We drank the bottle of local white wine during our meal and said no to the last course of coffee and got on our boat back to the hotel for a huge nap.

waterfallThe drive back on the boat was just as jaw-dropping as the ride there.  We went under this roman bridge to see this beautiful waterfall.  Just amazing.

I will not be sharing our meal which we had at the hotel because it was seriously sub-par.  Disappointing but I am quite confident we will find good food on this trip!