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Old 12.06.2010, 17:20
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Re: Restaurants in Ticino - grotto fun

A cool place to eat in the Locarnese is "Baldoria" in the old centre of Ascona. It isn't the MOST authentic grottino food and is often filled with upper class Swiss and Germans but is nevertheless nice and the food is good. Also it's a stone's throw from Locarno and can easily be reached with public transportation.

The owner just walks around with huge bowls of pasta, polenta and meat dishing each course out depending on how far along you are in the meal. You pass the cheese platter to the next table, they pass you the grappa.
Every 25 mins or so the lights go out and Mauro, the owner as far as I know, puts a few coins in a machine which then turns the power back on.

Prices are good and the setting is fantastic.

If you fancy a trip down to the "sottoceneri" you can try one of these.

Copied from a previous post of mine:

My favorite grottini (holy trinity):

-Grotto Figini in Gentilino: great lamb, no ribs, cheapest in the area with great character. The main waitress is always in a bad mood but she means well and is very reliable. Via ai Grotti, 6925 Collina d'Oro‎ - 091 994 64 97

-Grotto al Bosco: amazing ribs, amazing deer, amazing everything, pricey but worth it. Great location too, just up the road from Grotto Figini. Seriously, the venison I had there after my graduation was the best meat I've ever had. Via ai Grotti 4, 6925 Gentilino‎ - 091 994 67 76‎

-Grotto Flora: As previously mentioned by another EFerfantastic lamb, breathtaking location, decent prices. If you eat outside make sure you pay them a visit inside the old Ticinese B&B as the old guy cooks most meat over a beautiful fireplace. Collina d'Oro

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In addition to that there are plenty of good grottini around Locarno and Bellinzona. Always try the "costine" or "puntine". Ribs and baby ribs. The best I've ever eaten are in Ticino.
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