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“Family atmosphere”
Review of Locanda Grifo

Locanda Grifo
Ranked #11 of 19 Restaurants in Lenno
Price range: US$36 - US$54
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: During summer and spring you can enjoy your lunch or dinner in the outdoor garden where you can taste the local specialities into the shade of the lime-trees. Inside dining room is warmly decorated with local kitchen utensils. During winter we organize theme dinners and events. Dining room inside can hosts up to 50 people and garden outside can host up to 40 people. The restaurant also has a characteristic cellar with exposed stone and with a wide choice of wines.
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Lenno is a small, beautiful town in Lago di Como, and you want to go there if you want to visit Villa del Balbianello, arguably the most beautiful and dramatic villa in an area famous precisely for not having a shortage of those. Villa del Balbianello also has a most romantic history (and has been the set of numerous movies, including the Naboo escenes in "Star Wars"). Since you may want to spend at least one night at Lenno (you can use it also as a base to explore the other towns in the lake, including aristocratic Bellagio), the Locanda Grifo is a great alternative to get simple but clean rooms, taste the regional cuisine and obtain general advise on tourism and transport in the area. Every evening, the locals congregate here to meet, eat, drink and discuss the events of the day: people in Lenno is very open and nice, so don't lose this opportunity to end a day full of great sightseeing with a glass of wine and a friendly chat.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

This was recommended by our travel agent- I can only assume its his brother! We had a similar "Basil Fawlty" experience to a previous reviewer- we booked and arrived to a deserted restaurant. The Owner shrugged and said "we only have little fish" and offered sausages instead. He seemed unwilling to let us interfere with his evening so we left. So disappointing after reading other reviews.

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3  Thank Essexgirlnot
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Family run restaurant - great food and friendly service. It was like eating with friends and the food was great.

1  Thank Ken M
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Reviewed 26 December 2012

My work as a journalist has taken me to many restaurants around the world, and as someone who now calls Italy home, Del Grifo is the Italian dream. The local spot is genuinely that: Family run, orders taken by the owner, cosy, attentive service and naturally, wonderful, fresh, home-cooked dishes. The menu tends to be whatever is fresh that day. Personally I'm a big fan of their cured and fried fish and my daughter (16 months) loves their river fish with Salsa Verde. In the summer one can sit and watch the locals go by (it's genuinely a local place, we live in the village) and in the winter sit by a traditional fireplace. December is recommended when they're less tourists and the lake is spectacular.
To finish, this summer Del Grifo celebrated their one hundred year anniversary...how many restaurants can say that?

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4  Thank kerryolsen
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

With nothing else to offer in Ossuccio we stumbled past this place whilst out walking one evening. Stopped for a drink and enjoyed a quiet drink outside, surprisingly low prices for the drinks. So called again on another evening. The owner is a little strange in a nice way, I cannot speak Italian, embarrassingly, but he speaks good English (only a little he says but this is a normal response).

Looked at the menu which is limited but as others say, this Trattoria is not aimed at tourists! we booked a table for 6 for our last night and it did not disappoint, the pasta was excellent and two of us had the beef steak which we all sampled it was so juicy and tasty!

I would recommend this to all in the area simple, cheap and excellent food.

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