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What To Eat in Lake Como

July 28, 2021
Lake Como offers a different side to Italy that you really won't want to miss. Especially since you won't find what you'll see here anywhere else. From the freshwater beaches by the lake to the stunning castles atop the hills of the region, Lake Como is a paradise all on its own. And wait until you try the food here! Eating here is quite a treat since you'll taste all the unique flavors of the region. Lake Como has a ton of exciting dishes and delectable delicacies that you also won't find and get to enjoy anywhere else.

What To Eat in Lake Como


Insalata Caprese

Who wouldn't want a salad to start a delicious meal in Lake Como? Though the combination of tomato and cheese seems exasperatingly mundane, serving them in an Insalata Caprese will instantly zest up your palette. It also helps that the dish, which actually originated from Capri, is easy to make. All you really need are tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, both of which you can find in any open market in the many cities in Lake Como. Once you have both, just mix them up with a couple of other vegetables and you've one hell of a flavorful yet healthy appetizer!
What To Eat in Lake Como
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Foiolo

Foiolo isn't just common in Lake Como but also throughout the Lombardy region. And yes, that includes Milan. So if you're craving some Foiolo, which is essentially just tripe, you can head on over to a restaurant in Milan to eat them. But if you're in Lake Como, you'll find that the dish they serve has a certain kick to it. Spiced up by all sorts of herbs, it's another hearty appetizer that'd make you even more excited for the main course. With every spoonful, you get to taste what the beautiful Lombardy region in Italy is all about.
What To Eat in Lake Como
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Resca di Como

Just like how the French are with their baguette, it's not an Italian feast without some freshly-baked bread. And here in Lake Como, the most common type is Resca di Como. Often served during the holidays, this sweet bread filled with candied fruits makes for a great palette cleanser. Though it's sweet, it's not exactly a dessert of choice for many. It's simply part of the meal, particularly during Easter as it's a common delicacy for this occasion. But whether it's Easter or not, you can still get your hands on some freshly naked Resca di Como in Lake Como.
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Risotto with Persico Fish

Since Lombardy, the region where Lake Como is, is in northern Italy, it makes sense that risotto, a common dish in this part of the country, has made its way onto this list. But this isn't an ordinary risotto dish. Risotto with Persico Fish is much more satisfying in more ways than one. Firstly, persico fish is a delicious delicacy that you can only find in Lake Como. In fact, the actual Lake Como is the only place where you can catch it. The locals here will fillet it and serve it on hot risotto for a truly sumptuous seafood meal.
What To Eat in Lake Como
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Polenta Uncia

Polenta is a common dish in Lombardy that's essentially just boiled cornmeal made up of a variety of different grains. No matter where you are in this region, you'll probably taste all kinds of polenta. But it's only in Lake Como that you can have Polenta Uncia. This version consists of different types of local cheese—all of which are melted to perfection—a lot of butter, spiced up with garlic, and topped with sage. You can just imagine how all these flavors will swirl and mix inside your mouth. Just the thought is already mouth-watering, isn't it?
What To Eat in Lake Como
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Fragole con Gelato

Now, for dessert. And when it comes to Italian desserts, gelato almost always trumps them all. Is it really surprising? Who can resist the cool and creamy goodness of gelato? Especially in a warm place like Lake Como. Of course, without a shadow of a doubt, the primary dessert of choice here is gelato. But the place has its own spin on the classic treat that makes it taste even better. The locals of Lake Como commonly add strawberries in their gelato, making Fragole con Gelato. The tangy sweetness of the fruit with the rich and creamy delight of the dessert makes for quite a sweet sensation indeed!
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Digestivo

It's no secret that eating a full-course Italian meal can get pretty overwhelming. That's why, here in Lake Como, as well as in the rest of Italy, drink digestivo beverages right after. These alcohol drinks, commonly mixed with some lemon zest for that signature Lombardian kick, help your stomach digest all the food you just ate. And don't worry, they're not so high in alcohol content that you risk getting drunk. All you have to do is to take a few sips and you're done. That's the way the Italians do it, so it makes sense that you do it too!
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Part of what makes Lake Como such a dreamy destination is the food here! From sumptuous seafood to sweet desserts and a few after-meal digestive drinks to boot, a complete meal of local Lake Como cuisine is an experience you won't soon forget!




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