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Would you like to know where the locals go? If you like good food, we have selected a few restaurants, pizzerias and cafes to try during your visit in Lecco.
Yes, all Italian food is really good, but this is where to go to get great quality and authentic atmosphere.
(left: Celia, Lake Como Style blogger and travel insider)
Restaurants You Must Try
Our Favorite Restaurants:
- Il Giardino – Corso Emanuele Filiberto, 13 Lecco – excellent homemade cooking, family atmosphere
- Antica Osteria Casa di Lucia – Via Lucia, 27, Lecco – traditional cooking, rustic wine cellar atmosphere, see below for info
- Ristorante Pizzeria Larius – They offer an excellent lunch and dinner menu as well as the absolute best pizza in Lecco.
Our Favorite Hang-outs:
- Bar Uniko– Via Cairoli 61, Lecco relaxing ambiance, lunch and happy hour cocktails.
- Bar Centrale – Via Roma 45, Lecco set in Lecco’s historical center Bar Centrale is a cafe, pastry shop, also serving lunch and happy hour cocktails.
- La Barrique – Via Maroncelli, Lecco the social meeting point at the Tennis Club Lecco. La Barrique has a comfortable and hospitable atmosphere.
LECCO CITY CENTER
Via N. Sauro, 2, Lecco
Tel. +39 0341 363558
Closed TuesdaysLarius is one of Lecco’s most established restaurants. It’s unique old world European decor is reminiscent of a Parisian tea salon. They offer an excellent lunch and dinner menu as well as the absolute best pizza in Lecco. The dessert cart is strategically placed near your table just at the right moment and it is almost impossible to resist a freshly made Tiramisu or warm Apple Cake with ice cream. Read our review
Società Canottieri Lecco
Via Nullo, 2 – 23900 Lecco
Bar and restaurant: tel. +39 0341 366160
This is by far the best view of the lake and one of the most relaxing places for a meal. It truly is a magical place. You can go for a coffee, a quick business lunch, a drink or dinner.
The Canotieri Rowing Club of Lecco is a membership club, but if you call in advance to make a reservation at the restaurant they will accommodate you as best as possible.
Read our review
Via C. Cattaneo, 34, Lecco
Tel. +39 0341 363885
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org You are always greeted with a smile at the Borgo Scacciventi. Specialized in Tuscan cuisine, they serve wonderful appetizers, traditional pasta dishes, fresh Florentine steaks and fine wines and olive oil. If you don’t know what to order, leave it to the staff, anything they choose will be exquisite.
Read our review
Via Lungo Lario Cesare Battisti, 17, 23900 Lecco LC
Tel. 0341 360898
New hamburger place along the lake. Good, quality meat and friendly service.
Vegetarian choices are also available.They pride themselves in being 100% Italian; using local meats, craft beers and even the cola is a national brand. Decorated with trendy, pseudo-urban-industrial furnishings and vintage style sofas and cinema chairs. Prices are understandably higher than a fast food burger joint, but justifiable if you want a real treat. Read our review
Piazza XX Settembre, 50, Lecco LC
Tel. +39 0341 169 3747
L’ek is dialect for Lake and is the new bistro in Piazza XX Settembre under the eastern portico.It’s small and cozy with contemporary furnishings and an open view kitchen. Outdoor dining is also available.The menu offers vegetarian, meat and fish dishes, all made with fresh ingredients. They have a very good selection of homemade Lievitazioni (pizza breads).
Piazza XX Settembre, 54/A, 23900 Lecco LC
Tel. 341 288063
Lungo Lario Isonzo, Lungo Lago, 15, Lecco
Simple, traditional dishes are served, there are a few tables outside with a view of the lake.
Lungo Lario Battisti, 4, Lecco
A nice walk along the lakeside will work up your appetite for Orestino’s “bollito”, a deliciously savory stewed meat which Orestino has mastered.
Via Fratelli Cairoli, 61, 23900 Lecco LC
Tel. 0341 363562
Great for lunch and happy hour. It’s more of a cafe but has a full working kitchen and a different menu everyday. At happy hour, there is a rich buffet with snacks and bite size treats.
Via Roma, 45, Lecco
Tel. +39 0341283330
Set in Lecco’s historical center Bar Centrale is a Cafe, pastery shop, also serving lunch and happy hour cocktails. You can go at any time of the day for something to eat, snack on or just have a coffee and read the newspaper. All year long you will find Giovanni Stassi’s pastery creations, but if you are lucky enough to visit during a holiday try a seasonal speciality: November – pan dei morti, December, Christmas- pan d’oro and panatone, February, Carnevale- le chiacchiere, April, Easter- fresh chocolates and pasteries, May to October – gelato, fresh ice cream.
Bar Centrale is one of our favourite hang-outs. It’s right in the center of town and you can’t resist the window display of yummy pasteries.
Vicolo della Torre, Lecco
Tel. 0341 365247
Nice selection of pizzas and pasta dishes, there is also outdoor seating in the summer.
PESCARENICO (old town fishing village)
Note: Pescarenico is Lecco’s historic fishing village and is walking distance from the Ponte Vecchio.
Piazza Era, Lecco
Tel. +39 0341 284893
In a renovated villa overlooking Pecarenico’s historic Piazza Era, a key location in Manzoni’s “The Betrothed”, the Soqquardo offers a unique triple style menu of Mediterranean, health food and gourmet cuisine. Each style has appetizers, pastas and meats as well as pizzas to choose from, many of which can be ordered in tapas portions. The modern decor is a fresh contrast to the antique brick facade. The newly renovated plaza and evening lighting adds to the romantic atmosphere Manzoni evoked in his classic novel.
Piazza Era, 2, 23900 Lecco LC
Tel. 0341 184 1234
Good quality and fair prices. Good for meat and fish. All breads, pizza and past are all homemade. The decor is “artistic pub style” and in the summer there is great outdoor dining in the garden along the river. Try the Risotto al pesce persico (fresh perch with risotto) or the Spezzatino con polenta (stewed meat and polenta).
Corso Carlo Alberto, 5, Lecco
Tel. +39 0341 363460
Lecco’s only authentic Nepalese restaurant located in Pescarenico near the church. Walking in to the gate you enter a simple patio garden lit with torches to guide you through the courtyard to the entrance where warm light and red walls envelope you and welcome you in. A friendly face is always waiting to accompany you to your table. The furniture and art was done by Milanese artist and adds to the warm atmosphere. There is a separate small dining area with low tables and cushions for casual dining. You can choose from a wide selection of traditional dishes or a pre-selected menu to try a little of everything. Kathmandu is recommended for the cuisine connoisseur or if it is your first time trying Nepalese food, you won’t be disappointed.
Corso Martiri Della Liberazione, 1, Lecco
Tel. +39 0341 364100
NOT CENTRAL (close, but you’ll need a car or taxi- well worth it)
Corso Emanuele Filiberto, 13
23900 – Lecco (LC) Italia
Tel. +39 0341 422028
Open for lunch Monday – Saturday, Open for dinner Friday and Saturday, Closed on Sundays
Note: Il Giardino is a 25 minute walk from Ponte Vecchio, but well worth it!
Although Il Giardino is not in the center of town, it is well worth the taxi ride or 25 minute walk from Ponte Vecchio. A traditional restaurant run by the Sesana family, the minute you walk in the door Laura or another member of the family will meet you with a smile. You can smell the homemade cooking and hear the busy sounds of the kitchen. The head chef, Paolo Sesana, a.k.a “Padella” (Sauce pan) decides the menu daily. You shouldn’t leave Lecco without trying his best dishes on the menu; Polenta e Stinco (Corn meal and Pork roast), Gnocchi di Zucca (Pumpkin and potato pasta) and fabulous homemade desserts and cakes, as well as a variety of seasonal specials made of fresh, locally grown produce, meats, cheeses and regional wines. Il Giardino is our absolute favorite restaurant in Lecco don’t leave without trying it! Read more >
Osteria La Barrrique
c/o Tennis Club Lecco
Via Giotto, 39, Lecco
Tel. +39 3337050500, +39 3491583206
Note: La barrique is a 20 minute walk from Ponte Vecchio, use the shortcut by Via Galdino, be careful crossing the train tracks!
The social meeting point at the Tennis Club Lecco, La Barrique has a comfortable and hospitable atmosphere. There is also outdoor dinning overlooking the tennis courts. Even if you don’t play tennis, it’s a great place to hang out for drinks and/or a delicious meal.
La Barrique is one of our favourite hang-outs. We love tennis and we always need good nourishment afterwards! Read more
Antica Osteria Casa di Lucia
Via Lucia, 27 –
22053 Lecco (LC)
Tel. +39 0341 494594
Imagine your grandfather is Italian and he invites you to visit his wine cellar. Antica Osteria Casa di Lucia serves excellent traditional cooking and meals set in a rustic, old fashioned setting just as if you are entering your Italian grandfather’s wine cellar.Antica Osteria Casa di Lucia is one our favourite restaurants in Lecco, we love the atmosphere and the food.
Via Lungo Lario Piave, 14, Lecco
Mexican cuisine. Note: Although it is along the lake, it is at the far end of the road going out of town, about a 2km walk from Piazza Manzoni. If you don’t like walking, you may want to take a car or call a taxi.
Via Poncione, 7 – Fraz. Maggianico, Lecco
Tel. 0341 422030
Closed Saturday at lunch and all day Sunday
Osteria del Viaggiatore
Corso Promessi Sposi, 19, Lecco
Tel. +39 0341368728
The Viaggiatore is like stepping into the captain’s quarters of an explorer’s ship. The walls are covered with maps, art and trinkets from around the world as if documenting a major exploration or discovery. The menu is simple yet complete. Each meal is a four course menu so go there hungry. Traditional Italian food is their specialty. Take your time, eat, drink and enjoy.
OUT OF TOWN
Terazza Restaurant at Hotel Villa Giulia
Frazione Parè, 73, 23868 Valmadrera LC
Elegant waterfront dining. Known for it’s spectacular view of the lake, the Terrazza Restaurant is truly a special little gem and a favorite for the locals.
Strada per Bellagio
Via Moregallo, 14
Tel. +39 338 9179150
A beautiful setting on the lake at the boat club. In summer they have outdoor dining and an outdoor disco. Parking is difficult during disco hours.
Via Imbarcadero, 3, 23827 Lierna
Tel. +39 0341 740005
Romantic lakeside restaurant.
Via Dante Alighieri 25, Oggiono, Lecco
Tel. +39 0341576166
Specialized in polenta and traditional dishes.
Via Lungo Lago Piave 5, Lecco
Tel. +39 0341363405
Restaurant, Pizzeria, Disco.
Summer garden and outdoor disco.
Note: parking is difficult during disco hours.