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“What a gem!”
Review of Verbano

Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 25 August 2014

We had a room overlooking the lake (not all are) above the restaurant on the terrace. Our room was on the 3rd floor - no elevator but we didn't mind it. If there's one criticism about our room is the smell of the essential oil - vanilla - bit too strong. There's a standing fan in the room in case you need it but we didn't have to use it as the cool night breeze was enough. Food is superb at the restaurant - reservations is required if you're not a hotel guest as it's very popular with day trippers. Creative cuisine using fresh local ingredients. If you're a fish lover this is the place to dine. The island is very small so 1-2 nights is enough. You can visit other islands during the day or go to the mainland (Stesa) for some shopping as there are nice local boutiques, restaurants and farmers market. We will recommend this auberge to friends without hesitation.

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Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

We were taken here by friends who live nearby for lunch on a warm summer's day.
Our table was outside on the edge of the lakeside with fabulous views.
The food was excellent and service good too.
I think having a local in our group helped prioritise how we were received and an excellent experience it was.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

You take the boat in Baveno (only way to get to the Isola dei Pescatori, Isle of the Fishermen, in Lago Maggiore - just offshore Stresa) and you land in this dream of an island, locked in time, with few houses and 40 inhabitants, Many restaurants, but only one where Arturo Toscanini, the great musician and director, used to spend his holidays. It's the Albergo Ristorante Verbano (old name of the Lago Maggiore). I can only speak about the restaurant, having not stayed at the hotel (but it's my next project...). Managed by Maurizio and Margherita Steiner, it's a gem of a place. If the weather is clement, you can seat outdoors (al fresco) and eat - if you are a couple - at the table where Toscanini used to dine. When we went there it was raining, so dinner was indoors - still beautiful, with a fantastic view across the lake. Food was absolutely great - Lake fish, perch risotto, fantastic desserts, fantastic cellar. A dream. The managers are delightful, the bill was extremely reasonable, the evening memorable. All I want is to go back with my wife and stay a few days in the hotel. More to come here...

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Eat on the terrace with a view of Isola Bella close by. Watch the boats buzzing around landing tourists whist enjoying a well cooked meal with slight twists. We go for a special occasion as it is more expensive than other places on the island but the terrace is shady and has space to relax. Just check your bill as we had an extra course added, but they did ask us to check as they realised something was wrong.

1  Thank Gippybear
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

We stayed at the Alberto Hotel Verbano for 6 nights on our honeymoon, on the beautiful little island of Isola Pescatori, a short ferry ride from either Baveno or Stresa Italy... A very warm welcome from Philipe, Margherita, Claudia. The food is amazing , good size portions, very tasty , well presented and the service from all the restaurant staff including Guiseppe is superb. A perfect , romantic evening, a definite must if you are in the area...thank you to all the hotel and restaurant staff.....we will definitely return

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