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“Very good food and service”
Review of Osteria Nostrana

Osteria Nostrana
Ranked #3 of 73 Restaurants in Ascona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Swiss
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Obviously very popular for the position - sitting looking over the lake, but the food is also very good which is not often the case with scenic restaurants.

Expensive by Italian standards but reasonable by "Lakes" standards Nostrana has a varied menu which should please everyone. My wife had pasta both times we dined here and I had the vegetarian pizza both times as it was very tasty - nice thin base with lots of tasty veggies on top.

Wine list was pretty reasonable and we had their Valpolicella Ripasso which was tasty.

Service was brisk but professional.

Bread aaas very good. Skipped desserts and coffee so can't comment.

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Thank Lyn&MarkfromOz
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Pretty much what you'd expect given the great location on the lakeside, i.e., crowded, somewhat slow service and pretty average food. In other words, they don't need to work to get a lot of customers. But a good place to while away a few minutes in front of the lake and watch the world go by.

Thank Cosmo_Felani
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Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

As a local I have been to this restaurant for all kind of events for over 30 years! It still is a point of reference and a benchmark for all locals as well. Today (Saturday night) for example we showed up party of 6 no reservation. No table free. No problem, wait 15 min at the bar, glasses of white wine for the adults, orange juice for the kids, appetizers (bread, ham, olives) on the house, on the spot, no ordering! The pizza....we are talking serious wood fired oven here. Take the Nostrana (specialty of the house, you will find nothing like it ever again). For desert, here you still get the real stuff Zabaione (see picture for the original equipment, copper pot on its own gas stove). After this, all the Zabaione you will ever have, will look and taste like a fake (btw, hear the distinctive sound when they are preparing it). Bottom line, the Osteria Nostrana is still my benchmark for real authentic Italian cuisine!

Thank SunriseSki
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Osteria Nostrana is located in Ascona, on the "Piazza" with a splendid view on the lake. The decoration is authentic with a lot of pictures and objects inside the restaurant. In addition, there is a nice terrace where you can contemplate the lake.

It's opened every day from the mid-morning to midnight. They proposed italian cuisine and some "ticino" specialities. Also Pizza are prepared from the wood oven.

I went with a couple which know the owner and servers. Therefore, we just get seat, and they bring us 3 glasses of wine glass with some olives, foccacia and cheese.

For diner, I choose the "Patatoe Gnocchi with Mascarpone cheese, tomatoes basil and gran padano cheese, baked in oven". My friends took the "white vine risotto with green asparagus" and "Spaghetti with seafood". Service was quick, max 15min and dishes were very good.

Price are not excessive for this tourist restaurant, therefore i recommend without doubt this restaurant if you go to this nice region.

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Thank Lugano22
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We live in Ascona and we go often to Nostrana because it is a steady pleasant place. It is always open, it has a simple card that offers traditional food. The quality of the food is good (don't expect anything fancy) and the service is always fast. The wine card looks a bit funny but it has some great wines on it (white - Bianco Rovere - is fantastic). Outside you have the wonderful view of the lake and the people. Do try the zabaione for desert!!!

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Thank Michael B
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