Well, we’re back safe and sound – and we’ve even brought a little sunshine home! As promised, I made notes of prices to report back..
But first the weather.. we arrived in Bardolino on Saturday 3rd September and it was uncomfortably hot, hazy and humid. The much-needed rain began the next morning while we ate breakfast then it seemed to clear up. A couple of hours later, though, it absolutely pelted down and Piazza Matteotti almost resembled a river – much to everyone’s amusement. The rain eased off and it drizzled for most of the evening then on and off the following breakfast-time (I watched the brollies going up/brollies down/brollies up…) Monday turned out glorious with sun and scattered clouds. Hubby was keeping an eye on the weather forecast on his i-phone and The Weather Channel was saying more rain that evening. It didn’t seem likely but sure enough, it rained later that night for a while. After that, we didn’t see a single drop of rain and the temperatures just got hotter and hotter each day. Even my husband was seeking shade towards the end of the holiday – and that’s a first! The only time I put on a light cardigan was on a 9am boat ride across to Salo. We always sit outside on the boats and that was the only time my bare arms felt cool.
Now on to prices.. I had never thought Lake Garda particularly expensive and I still don’t think that food is overpriced but after jotting down the price of drinks for 11 days, I’ve come to realise that the ‘pit-stops’ is what took up most of our cash! We found Bardolino to be a little less expensive than Sirmione (and generally more nibbles are given at cafes and bars).
Here is a detailed run-down of prices: Bar Marilyn, Bardolino: €6.50 for 1 Aperol spritz and 1 Coke (dish of cheesey puffs, dish of popcorn)
Cristallo Gelato: €1.40 for a one-scoop cone or tub; €2.80 for two-scoop cone or tub. Sorry, I don’t go any bigger than a two-scoop because I eat the stuff so often! You can get bigger portions, though..
Taverna Da Memo: €29.00 for 1 pasta dish with scallops & chanterelle mushrooms, 1 tuna & onion pizza, half litre house white wine, bottle still water (we had been given complimentary glasses of prosecco while we waited for a table)
Yatch Bar: €6 for 2 latte macchaito
Caffe Italia: €10 for 1 milk shake and 1 Aperol spritz (dish of olives, dish of salted peanuts, dinky little sandwich)
Caffe Bardolino: €12 for 2 latte macchiato and 10 mini pastries.
La Piccola Osteria: €40.50 for 1 grilled bass, 1 rosemary potatoes, 1 macaroni ragu, 1 mixed salad, half litre prosecco, bottle still water, 1 espresso.
Yatch Bar: €3.50 for 1 small cup of hot punch.
Miralago Bar/Gelateria: The gelato here is the same price – and very similar size portions as Cristallo already mentioned above. Of the two, I preferred Miralago (but still not my favourite..)
Caffe Catullo, Garda town: €7 for 1 medium beer and 1 Coke.
Manzoni Bar/Café, Bardolino: €7 for 2 latte macchiato and 1 toastie.
Ristorante Corte San Giovanni, Bardolino: €54 for 2 fillet steak with green pepper sauce (€16 each), 2 portions rosemary potatoes (€5 each), half litre prosecco (€5), bottle still water (€3) plus coperto €2 each.
Bar L’Ultima, Bardolino: €6 for 1 Aperol spritz and 1 Coke (dish of crisps, dish of monkey nuts – that’s peanuts in shells)
Gelateria Biancaneve, Bardolino: we paid €3.40 for 2 tubs of gelato. I think hubby’s was €1.40 and mine was bigger at €2
Eis Meeting gelateria: This became our favourite in Bardolino. They charge €1.30 for a small tub or cone. My favourite flavour is nocciola (hazelnut) and theirs is delicious!
Ristorante Corte San Luca, Bardolino: €35 for 1 macaroni bosciola, 1 baked lasagne, 1 mixed salad, half litre prosecco, bottle still water.
The least amount we paid for a large bottle of water for our room was €0.80 at La Rocco minimarket opposite Meeting gelateria. Shops nearer the harbour were charging €1.50 and €1.70 for the same..
Bar Bellavista, Salo: €4.70 for 1 latte macchiato and 1 cappucino.
Bloom Café, Salo: €7 for 1 Coke and 1 Aperol spritz (3 little dishes – olives, bread snacks and mozzarella balls)
I also had one scoop of gelato for €1 in Salo but I didn’t make a note of the name.
Café Pinguino Giallo, Gardone Riviera: €6.50 for 1 Peroni beer and 1 Milkshake.
Bar Marilyn, Bardolino: 1 tuna & salami bruschetta €7 (sounds weird but was delicious) 1 litre water €4
Bottega de Gelato, Bardolino: Their one-scoop cone or tub costs €1.40
Ristorante Catullo: €32.78 (no cover charge here, but they add 10% service charge) 2 spaghetti ragu, I mixed salad, half-litre house white, half litre still water, 1 tiramasu. (We noticed that their pizzas start at €4.50 - for a margherita).
Cristallo Bar: €7 for 1 ‘Grasshopper’ cocktail (dish of crisps, dish of pistachio nuts)
Bar Manzoni, Bardolino: €9.50 for 1 glass bardolino wine, 1 latte macchiato, 1 Aperol spritz, 1 Coke (we were given 2 plates of yummy pastry and bread nibbles – one with each ‘round’ of drinks). This is a great little bar for people-watching, on a narrow little street so no lake views but the prices – as you can see – are very reasonable.
Bottega de gelato/pizza: €3 for a square slice of takeaway pizza. I didn’t taste it but hubby wasn’t very impressed with it.
Pizzeria Agli Oleandri: €39 for 1 mixed meat antipasti, I penne arrabiata, 1 Deliziosa pizza, quarter-litre Lambrusco, half-litre house white, bottle still water. This turned out to be probably our favourite meal in Bardolino – and hubby had been reluctant to go there (thinking it might be too touristy). We noted that they have 45 different pizzas on their menu ranging from €3.50 to €8.50. The one I had was €7.50 and was absolutely delicious.
Caffe Italia, Bardolino: €9 for 1 latte macchiato and 1 Aperol spritz (dish of olives, dish of salted peanuts, dinky little sandwich).
Pasticceria Gelateria Lazise, Lazise: €9.50 for 1 medium beer, 1 Coke and 1 toastie.
Ristorante Biri, Bardolino: €33.50 for 1 pasta with wild boar sauce, 1 baked lasagne, 1 mixed salad, half-litre house white, bottle still water, 1 espresso (we were given complimentary lemoncello after our meal here).
Yatch Bar, Bardolino: €4.50 for a medium beer (dish of crisps, dish of salted peanuts) and €2.50 for a coffee with milk.
Phew! That covers our 7-night stay in Bardolino. We enjoyed all our evening meals and will try and leave a review for each restaurant. All restaurants except Catullo charged a ‘coperto’ cover charge which ranged from €1 - €2 per person.
If anyone has read this far – you deserve a medal! I hope it has been of some help.. Ask me any questions you like.
I will continue later with our 4 nights in Sirmione.
Or is enough enough??