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“Much better than it looks”
Review of L'antica Riva

L'antica Riva
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Ranked #86 of 571 Restaurants in Como
Price range: US$27 - US$82
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: L'Antica Riva is situated in front of the Como lake, near the funicolar Como-Brunate and near the centre of the city. Special price for the groups and tour operator.
Reviewed 12 October 2013

On a very hot day, having come back down to the lake on the 'funicolare', strolling along the shore-line past 10-12 eating places - we finally decided to try this one. It didn't look any different from the rest - with serving staff hanging around the doors trying to persuade tourists like us to enter and eat. Enter we did - and were nicely surprised to find ourselves in a smart interior with a wonderful air-conditioned calm - better than the heat of the outside tables. A very tasty menu and wine list, attentive, friendly and efficient service - made this a very relaxing lunch. Middling price for 2 courses with wine and coffee - but not expensive when you consider this is a prime time and place for tourists. The lakeside location is a bonus. We would certainly eat there again.

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Thank davidandloretta
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Certainly many people could find this place appealing, be it the scenic view onto the Como lake or the medieval-looking facade of the building nicely contrasting with the white canopies.
This is probably also the cause of us having been lured to the table on some afternoon early september during a short stay in Como, only to find out soon, how deceived we've been. It started with a refried swordfish fillet, soaked with cooking oil and covered with balsamico to hide it's taste of a shoe sole, not to mention it was germented by a dry mixed salat you could easily fetch from nearby BILA. Speaking about salads, a friend next to me found this plastic ending from an olive bottle in her portion and we carefully checked, that did not come from any bottles we had on our table. Other friends dish was served with grilled vegetables, unfortunately these were cold as the water in the nearby lake. A nice topping was the 12 Euro charge for the "pane e coperto". You certainly should expect it in an italian restaurant, but not if the bread was from yesterday. This was a dinner for 5, all fish, and maybe pizzas and pastas are good there, but otherwise it was one of the worst culinary experiences I ever made with italian cuisine. Give it a wide berth!

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3  Thank RolandFromPoland
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

We tried a few restaurants in Como, but this is the one to which we returned, not just because of the awesome location by the lake, but also the consistently good food and helpful service. You expect to pay a premium for places with location in a tourist town, but I still feel this place offered the best value for money. Carpaccio of beef was very good, the risottos were excellent and the escalpoe of veal mouth-watering. The shellfish platter was massive; the quality of the fish a little mixed. The maitre d' was charming & knew his wines very well, while these were reasonalby priced. He also produced an excellent Sicilain dessert wine.

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Thank HertsTimelord
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Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

We were with a party of four and a baby. Personell was very pleasant. And the food was great. We ordered two chefs choices and a carpaccio and risotto and a carpaccio of tuna and a sirloin steak. For the baby we ordered a pasta with tomatos. All the staff were all over the baby, they loved here. Even the chef came out.
Food quality vs pricing is in good balance.

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Thank Apmani
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

This restaurant is on the tourist strip so expect inflated prices. But the views and quality of the food are worth it. We had just arrived in Como and were tired and didn't feel like missioning into town to find a reasonably priced and preferably non tourist eatery. And we wanted the lake view as it was a beautiful evening so settled on this place at a table on the 'promenade'. Front of house staff all spoke fluent English, were all helpful and friendly. We ordered the Chef's recommendation at €20 per person for 3 courses and were not disappointed. We expected small, nouvelle portions but each one was regular size. Antipasti a choice of either beef or salmon carpaccio, primi piatti of either risotto pomegranate or a homemade pasta with zucchini and shrimp, secondi was a choice of perch fillets and veg or pork fillets with potatoes and apple sauce. We had one of each and shared. Everything was very fresh and impeccably prepared. Especially the frutti de bosco for dessert (with lemon sorbet). Only complaint was the cursory clump of tired lettuce as garnish with each dish - leave it out, so unnecessary! Our neighboring table had a caprese salad and a creamy fettuccine dish that also looked amazing. Cover charge €2.50 per person. No service charge included. Extensive wine list - we went 'cheap' at €15 for a bottle of white on the waiter's recommendation and were very happy. Some bottles ranged up to €500 (albeit magnums)!

Thank tokyostar13
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