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“Nice restaurant off the beaten path in lugano” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Osteria Penel

Osteria Penel
Ranked #93 of 377 Restaurants in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$28 - US$49
Cuisines: European, Italian, Swiss
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sugar Grove, Illinois
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant off the beaten path in lugano”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012

Restaurant was great. Tucked away in a neighborhood away from the main part of town. By the way, it was a bit less expensive than i expected. Pasta was around 18 fr and meat was 25 to 35.

I loved the simple chalkboard menu and friendly service.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kal1973
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Lugano, Switzerland
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great address”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

Had dinner last night, short menu presented on a black board, good variety and excellent taste for the home made pasta dishes, they could improve on their dessert, they were slightly below par.
Wine list could have more local wine and less Italian wines.
Service efficient and very friendly. Would surely go back again when in the neighbourhood.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lucabkk
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Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
“A gem with an uphill climb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2012

We tried this place partly b/c of the other reviews, but also because we're staying on the uphill side of the train station and were planning to attend a concert at the music conservatory nearby, so this seemed the most convenient. The staff there was excellent, helped translate the entire menu into English (even though we were willing to take a chance with our rudimentary Italian). The atmosphere was very relaxed, it seemed like a neighborhood joint than a tourist trap. The dishes were very good, maybe not the best Italian food I've ever had, but really imaginative and with good quality ingredients. We had burratini and tomatoes to start, and then two pastas: a hand-rolled squid ink pasta with a branzino ragu and a local ricotta-like cheese filled ravioli with a fig marmalade. Just beware if you are trekking to this place from the "old town" part -- it's a big climb just to get to the other side of the train station, and then another 10 min. walk uphill.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sylvia C
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great choice!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012 via mobile

It doesn't look like a tourist restaurant. You wil feel like at home, very cozy and nice. Atmosphere is also perfect. They don't have a large menu so if you are picky don't go there. Almost forgot, they have like the best draft beer in Lugano, must try it. I had eaten ravioli filled with chesee and figa sauce. It's so delicious.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank viddezman
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Lugano, Switzerland
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great mix of food, atmosphere and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

We went to Osteria Penel twice this week - first with friends, then with my parents. Both times we enjoyed it a lot. I have read about the place on Tripadvisor long time ago and finally we went to try it out. I must say that this place is worth going to.

The staff is very polite and when you call you can get an English-speaker (which is rare in Lugano). I advise everyone to call and book in advance for dinner because during both of visits the place was packed.

The restaurant is small and two waiters (man and woman) manage to handle all tables. The woman is very nice and she remembered our preferences from the first visit.

The food was delicious both times but the menu changes a bit day-to-day. Wine list and cocktails are good as well. The only thing that we didn't like was one of the desserts (apple tart which was too dry) but the rest were great.

I like the location of the place because it is tucked between houses in residential area away from main roads and the traffic.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Yelenka
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