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the restaurant between..

ristorante bilacus

walk along the narrow paved roads of the picturesque comune of Bellagio, climb up a few stairs and boom! come across a beautiful 51 year old restaurant and its irresistible terrace. named after the Latin-derived old title of Bellagio, “ristorante bilacus”(means two lakes) offers some good old fine Italian cuisine. properly updated and equipped wine cellar present! grab a metal vintage patio chair, your favorite glass of wine and just paint the sky.

Bilacus

“ristorante bilacus”

balcony

terrace

outdoorsb

terrace details

wine

wine w/ a view

grab a metal vintage patio chair, your favorite glass of wine and just paint the sky.

there you can taste some aromatic ravioli di magro(cheese filled) with butter and sage, a slick beef fillet with green peppers and of course the Bellagio typical, a mouthful, gently fried perch fillet risotto – the original boiled rice version you can find at chef Aurelio’s other family run place, “trattoria San Giacomo“. locals know best!

ravioli

ravioli di magro w/ butter & sage

fillet

beef fillet w/ green peppers

fish

perch fillet risotto

chef

Mr. Aurelio Gandola owner/chef & Mr. Angelo Ostinelli former owner (right side)

the Bellagio typical, a mouthful, gently fried perch fillet risotto..

so go my friends, for some lakeside view “reparation”.

“ristorante bilacus” Salita Serbelloni 45, Bellagio, Italy, tel: +39 031 950480

http://www.bilacusbellagio.it/

from Collodi to Milan..

Giacomo bistrot

“i was born in Collodi on June 1925 and i’m a professional liar”. Giacomo Bulleri has always been hungry for life. even now after 91 years, three restaurants, one patisserie, one coffee shop and one tobacco shop! a Tuscan chef with his toque(chef’s hat) always on his head. “Giacomo bistrot” is the second in line; with a French touch, an emblematic bookcase and lots of warm shades of red.

giacomo

“Giacomo bistrot”

bar

the bar

indoors

tables & bookcase

prosciuto

prosciutto toscano

window desserts

dessert window display

Giacomo Bulleri has always been hungry for life..

you will be given a lavish pan fried welcome mix of zucchini, carrots, potatoes, saffron risotto stuffed balls(aka arancini) and an Italian bread assortment(grissini, focaccia & pane). then, go for a fine beef carpaccio with soft quartirolo cheese and quail eggs, a simple yet ravishing cacio e pepe(cheese and pepper) mezzi paccheri(tube shaped) pasta, a tender beef fillet with artichokes, endive in an elegant Merlot sauce and of course the authentic, golden crispy cotoletta milanese. this buttery veal breaded cutlet could be a good reason to live for, seriously!

welcome

pan fried welcome mix

bread

Italian bread assortment

carpaccio

carpaccio w/ quartirolo & quail eggs

cacio pepe

mezzi paccheri cacio e pepe

fillet

beef fillet w/ artichokes, endive & Merlot sauce

cotoletta2

cotoletta milanese

“it’s the kitchen that makes a place.. i choose my cooks.. the important thing is finding youngsters who want to learn..”. here he is, Mr. Jose Otoya, half Italian half Peruvian, chef at “Giacomo bistrot” for seven years now.

chef

the chef Mr. Jose Otoya

this buttery veal breaded cutlet could be a good reason to live for, seriously!

flip through the pages of Giacomo’s book  and take a sip of mirto(a liqueur made of myrtle). his recipes -for food and life- need hours!

mirto

book

book2

so go my friends, enjoy this typical Italian journey.

“Giacomo bistrot”  Via Pasquale Sottocorno 6, Milan, Italy, tel: +39 02 7602 2653

http://www.giacomobistrot.com/

extracts from Giacomo Bulleri’s book “recipes(for life)” which you can buy at the bistrot.

the tree house..

if you were a kid it would be a tree house, now it’s “casa sull’albero”(means tree house). an eco-friendly dream stay of glass and wood! 12 minimally designed, spacious rooms surrounded by green and quiet. rising above lake Como; stop and enjoy the breathtaking view. or, how about some artworks(Alan Rankle paintings) hanging on the walls or lying all around you(Michela Milani frames)?

entrance

welcome..

casa albero

casa sull’albero

view

the view

entrance-room

suite entrance

room

lake view suite

outdoors

view from the suites – outdoor sitting area

pool

pool

sunbeds

sunbeds

an eco-friendly dream stay of glass and wood!

breakfast is served! milk, cheeses, cured meats and fruits from nearby farms. honesty kitchen is a very reassuring, feel like home term that lets you satisfy your basic food and drink needs on your own terms(open 24/7). just go easy on the “eataly” snacks you little rascals. oh, and remember to note down all the consumed goodies.

diner

dining room

breakfast

breakfast

self service

some “honesty kitchen” goodies

honesty kitchen is a very reassuring, feel like home term..

Fabio the owner and Gabriele the receptionist, also known as the awesome map based travel itinerary makers, will be more than happy to fill all  your expectations.

Fabio & Gabriele

Mr. Gabriele Gilardi & Mr.Fabio Dadati(right)

so go my friends, climb up that tree, swing on those branches!

“casa sull’albero” Viale Penati(Via Sant’Antonino) 5/7, Malgrate, Lake Como, Italy, tel: +39 (0)341 1880440

http://casa-sullalbero.eu/