Since today we have passed Ripa because it seems difficult to get into via a car because it is situated in a corner of the road and there is no parking in front of the restaurant. One has to park opposite and it is difficult to pass the road as the cars come around the corner from Baveno center sometimes far too fast.
We were delighted. The view is one of the most beautiful of the restaurants in the area as there are only a very few providing seats just at the lake. The other one in Baveno is Lido and it is also nice, younger atmosphere and you can also swim there. Ripa is a hotel as well so I am not sure if the visitors to the restaurant could enjoy the beach in front.
We had light lunch as we are supposed to eat a proper dinner in the evening at Il Clandestino, another great restaurant of the area. So at Ripa we had pasta, we both chose orrechi-pasta the small round coin shape pasta - or possibly it is the ear of a small mouse - with mussels cooked in tomato souce with courgettes and canneloni peas. It was one of the best pasta's I have had.
The service started with a small glass of rosé wine on the house that I thought was very welcoming. As we had just had a long walk we did not choose more wine, just water and my husband got a beer.
We will surely visit this restaurant another time!
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