Terrazza Restaurant at Hotel Villa Giulia (Valmadrera )

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Overlooking Lake Como from the Valmadrera shore is the Villa Giulia Hotel and Restaurant.

Known for it’s spectacular view of the lake, the Terrazza Restaurant is truly a special little gem and a favorite for the locals.

villa-giulia-valmadrera1We went for a summer lunch to celebrate a special occasion and it was the perfect setting. We were led to an outdoor terrace. The host was almost apologetic  that we couldn’t sit on the main terrace because it was booked for a wedding.  The outdoor dining area we were accompanied to was hardly second rate, in fact, I think it was probably more charming than the main terrace. It was shaded by trees and  large sun umbrellas. The tables were beautifully set and a light breeze was wisping off the lake. The soft chamber music from the wedding musicians enhanced the clam and tranquility.

While choosing from the menu we all bartered a taste for a taste because the selections were all so tempting. We didn’t meet the chef, but I read that the he is Chef Maurizio Bufi, a young Italian chef from Brescia. The dishes had beautiful presentation and everything was delicious. I ordered the Riso e Pesce Persico Perch Risotto, it’s my favorite local dish and I try it at every chance I get. The dessert was a selection of exquisite pastries with a splash of  summer color and fresh Panna Cotta.

The wait staff was  informative about the menu and while serving ,were very discreet and professional. Although the wedding was going on, there was no confusion or delay in our service.

Between courses I would sneak over the edge of the balcony to see if the bride had arrived. She arrived by motorboat with the photographer, the videographer  and  of course her groom- but who looks at he groom!
Terazza Restaurant at Hotel Villa Giulia Frazione Parè, 73, 23868 Valmadrera LC


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Terazza Restaurant at Hotel Villa Giulia Frazione Parè, 73, 23868 Valmadrera LC

Photos and article by Celia Abernethy

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Celia Abernethy

Originally from New York, Celia now spends her time between Milan and Lake Como sharing her discoveries and experiences living in Italy. Follow @CeliaAbernethy on Twitter