Peace and elegance

Ristorante Da Giovannino is in the most beautiful location of the Como Lake, on the Malgrate lakeside, and offers a unique and exciting view all year round.
Already featured in the first red Michelin Guide in 1956, the restaurant faces the lake with a great window which offers an unparalleled view every day.
The summer features an outdoor terrace, and the design furniture offers an elegant and convivial atmosphere.
Specially made tailored curtains, made with wire and canvas, create private spaces which are ideal for private events or work dinners, without forsaking the incomparable view.
Ristorante da Giovannino is an excellent place to relax, enjoying some good food and good wine.

BOOK YOUR TABLE

History

The restaurant boasts a long history, as it was established in the second half of the 19th century by combining hotel hospitality with dining. Initially located within the Hotel Promessi Sposi, it was gradually made independent by creating a pergola on the lake which in time turned into a veranda and, finally, a standalone restaurant.
After being closed for a few years, it was reopened by Fabio Dadati and his wife Sabrina Frigerio, owners of the Casa sull’Albero and the Hotel Promessi Sposi in Malgrate, in March 2017. From January 2020, Filippo Colombo joined the team as a restaurant manager, and though young, he has been able to add a great value due to his twenty years’ experience.

Philosophy

The philosophy of “Lake Como East Side”, the small group that reopened the historic restaurant and is made up of the “boutique & design hotel” La Casa sull’Albero and the Hotel Promessi Sposi, a 4 star luxury hotel, can be simply defined by the Japanese word “Shibumi”, which defines discreet beauty, care for detail, desire to serve, care, the extreme pleasure in doing one’s job.
This all comes together in a catering offer that in some way can be considered as going against all trends, because its uniqueness is the source of its inspiration.

Area

We have our feet well planted on the ground, and our eyes get lost in the beauty of this land, where the Ristorante da Giovannino is located, “that branch of the Como lake that looks to the East”, authentic, still strong against the invasion of mass tourism that characterizes our age. We are the deep lake, blue and green, that makes its way between the high mountains like a fjord, and then turns into a river and then a lake once more. We are the valleys where hard working and generous people lie, we have the spirit of the mountains and the spirit of Brianza, with its gentle slopes speckled by streams and smaller lakes. We are the literature on the pages of Alessandro Manzoni, we are the monuments that rise up to the beautiful abbey of San Pietro al Monte, the mills that echo the history of the past centuries, we are the “tirabagia”, the best producers of wire in the world, we are this land and these peoples. Places and stories worthy of being known.

À LA CARTE MENU

Appetizers

  • Taleggio tart, end-of-summer vegetables, mushrooms and Port jelly / € 14,00
  • Marinated venison carpaccio, mustard, apples and horseradish / € 15,00
  • Rainbow trout tartare, anchovy mayo, yuzu and raw vegetable vinaigrette / € 15,00
  • Brisaola from the Officina Gastronomica MA! in Madesimo and citronette with extra virgin olive oil from the lake /€ 12,00
  • Lightly smoked seared mackerel, figs, saba (cooked wine must), bottarga and fish broth /€ 15,00

Starters

  • Bottoni pasta with burrata, lake sauce, pine nuts and basil oil / € 16,00
  • Cocoa tagliolini, wild boar ragù, pears and marjoram / € 15,00
  • Creamy Pizzoccheri from Valchiavenna with potatoes, sferzata sauce and bitto cheese / € 12,00
    (An ancient recipe from Val Chiavenna with flour, bread, cheese and sage)
  • Rice with perch fillets / € 15,00
    (An original recipe from the Lecco tradition. Breaded perch fillets cooked in butter, sautéed rice with sage, butter and Grana Padano cheese)
  • Our tomato pasta with whole-wheat Cavalier Cocco spaghettoni, Corbarino tomato sauce / € 13,00

Main courses

  • Gently cooked suckling pig, peas, broad beans and green beans / € 18.00
  • Bearded umbrine and Jerusalem artichokes / € 18.00
  • Trout, porcini mushrooms and spinach / € 18.00
  • Beef fillet with our potato mille-feuille / € 24.00
  • Traditional Milanese veal chop with seasonal side / € 24.00

Desserts

  • Crema bruciata (crème brûlée) with malted sauce / € 7.00
  • Small pumpkin pie, coffee ice cream and cardamom foam / € 7.00
  • White chocolate and dried fruits / € 8.00
  • Apple, cinnamon and white chocolate semifreddo / € 8.00

LUNCH MENU

Validity from Monday to Friday
two courses of your choice (excluding Beef Filet and Veal Chop)
water and coffee

€ 24.00

Main Dish

€ 16.00

In addition to the à la carte menu, we offer:

Turkey and quinoa Caesar’s salad / € 10.00
Our Vitello tonnato, veal in tuna sauce / € 12.00