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The 9 Best Restaurants in the Ticino and Bellinzona Area

Ticino and the Bellinzona area are famous for their exquisite food. Filled with many traditional restaurants and gourmet places, it makes this tourist site a perfect place for food lovers and experienced travelers, so here we show you a list of restaurants you can’t miss while you’re in Ticino:

Ristorante Châlet Stella Alpina

This a beautiful traditional looking restaurant located in the mountains. Surrounded with a relaxed environment and beautiful panoramic views, the restaurant offers Italian, Ticinese and vegan food that you can enjoy with your family whether it may be inside or outside the building. With a menu according to every season and specialties like risottos (rice) with cranberries, homemade pasta with no eggs, pizzoccheri, and cheese fondue, among others.  They also have a menu full of lactose-free and gluten-free food.

Grotto Milani

It’s a traditional restaurant with a cozy atmosphere that serves local Ticinese food, located in the inferior valley of Blenio. The restaurant is built on the side of the mountain, and is surrounded by big trees and rock formations, which gives uniqueness to the place.

Ristorante Hotel Internazionale

It’s a restaurant located in the Hotel Internazionale, near the historical center and the Bellinzona train station. With a family-friendly atmosphere and a rich menu full of traditional Italian, ticinese, international, and vegan food, the restaurant catches a big amount of visitors every day. The Ristorante offers food made of fresh and local products, and it has the capacity to serve 80 people when it’sfull.

Caseificio del Gottardo

This restaurant is one of the places that represent Switzerland the most. It offers all kinds of cheeses, fondue, and local food. It also has a Museum that shows people the cheese making process, and guides people to make their own cheese, clients and visitors can also have a tour for their cheese cellar.

Defanti

It’s a family restaurant with over 100 years operating by the Defanti family, which building was bought by the actual manager, the great-grandfather Luigi Defanti, back in 1903. The restaurant offers a traditional and rich menu, but also offers a unique experience while eating the exquisite food. In the restaurant building, there’s also a hotel and a store, property of the Defanti’s.

Grotto Sprüch

This restaurant is run by Milena and Oliviero Rusconi, a lovely couple who cooks for ticinese cuisine food lovers with fresh and local products. The restaurant has a capacity for 40 people, and serves them in a cozy environment, located by a cascade on the side of a mountain.

Locanda Orico

It’s a refined restaurant located in the historical center of Bellinzona, attended by the chef Lorenzo Albrici, former student of the great Freddy Girardet. The restaurant features a menu of Italian and French cuisine fusion plates, and also others unique dishes that confirm why the restaurant has a Michelin star and 16 points of the Gault Millau award. You would not want to miss it.

La Perla

It’s a family restaurant attended by the chef Yves Bussi, located in an urban environment in a hotel with the same name, which offers international and Mediterranean food made out of local products like Chateaubriand with Béarnaise sauce, Ticino risotto with Merlot and shrimps with aromatic herbs, potato gnocchi with garlic, and trout fillets with pine nuts and olives, among others.

Grotto San Michele

This restaurant is located on the fabulous terrace of the Castelgrande castle that offers exquisite local food, and a gorgeous panoramic view of the city. It’s perfect for tourists, events, and to share some appetizers with friends.

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The Best 9 Wineries and Vineyards in the Ticino and Bellinzona Area

One of the local products made on Ticino and the Bellinzona area is its wine, that’s famous in all Switzerland. Viticulture is an activity that is present in all the 8 Ticino regions since centuries ago, due to the closeness of the Mediterranean weather, allowing the establishment of more than 500 unique wineries. Here we share with you a list of the best wineries and vineyards you need to know:

La Via di Bacco

It’s a winery where you can enjoy wine from Ticino and all Switzerland, and it’s located in Lodrino, with beautiful landscape and cozy facilities that offers wine from several local and regional producers. It also has a hotel where you can live the experience of sleeping, eating and enjoy in a big barrel conditioned as a bedroom, a dining room, and a bar.

Gialdi Vini SA

It’s the most important producer of Swiss wine. It was founded in 1953 by Guglielmo Gialdi and now is run by his son Feliciano. The company has several splendid wine cellars and a house guest for tasting wine, and having gatherings. This is a place that you can’t miss when visiting Ticino.

Quintorno

It’s a store and a showroom where several local producers sell typical and seasonal products, while promoting the province where those products are made or grown, working like a cultural center that sales wine, beer, cheese, dairy products, honey, and cold cuts, among other things.

Cantina Ramelli

It’s a company formed by several wine cellars founded in 1995, which offers wine tasting, catering and direct sales. The cellar is located at the Colina de Gudo Vineyard, a very precious place known for growing the best grapes in the region.

Vinicola Carlevaro SA

The Vinicola Carlevaro is a family company located in the north of Bellinzona, in the border with Arbedo, founded by the oenologist Gian Piero Carlevaro more than 100 years ago. In the last years, the company has made several improvements in renewing all their facilities, in order to raise the quality of the product.

 Azienda Vitivinicola I Fracc

It’s a small company that was founded, back in 2009. Located on the right side of the Ticino River, the company produces wine from the grapes cultivated in the Bellinzona area, in antique and modern spaces where people can go and have some wine tasting.

Fratelli Meroni Sagl

The cellar of Fratelli Meroni is located in Biasca, Ticino. This is a company founded 30 years ago and is run by Marco y Vincenzo. The grapes cultivated are from Riviera Solive Valli, Blenio and Leventina, all in the Ticino area. These days, the company produces six red wines and one white wine known for its sweet and fresh flavor.

Vitivinicola Fratelli Carlo e Luca Frasa

The Vitivinicola farm Fratelli Carlo e Luca Frasa was founded in 2008 in Rodi Fiesso. The company is run by the family, and currently grows Merlot grapes in Leventina, Ticino where the soil provides character and good aging to the wines. Also, in the Fratelli Carlo e Luca Frasa house, people can organize wine tasting events and visits around the vineyards.

Chiericati Vini

It’s a company founded in 1950 by Bruno and Carolina. They called themselves the ambassadors of quality wine in the area. The Merlot is produced from the best local Merlot grapes. They sell white and red wine made with tradition and high quality standards.

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8 Foods from the Ticino and Bellinzona Area You Wouldn’t Like to Miss

Enjoy a flavorful journey throughout the typical dishes of Ticinese Cuisine, and be amazed by a gastronomy loaded with lots of marvelous products, and tradition. Filled with a combination of Italian and Swiss food, you won’t want to miss these next dishes:

They Have the Best Salami in the Area

This is one of the most typical and special products made in Ticino. You can watch the manufacturing process in Montebello Castle where, besides enjoying the architecture you can make your own salami, and have a taste of the variety of cold cuts that are prepared in the castle.

A Flavorful Cheese to Try

Switzerland is known for their variety of cheeses, where you can get several gourmets dairy products worthy of a king, and LATI SA is the biggest cheese manufacture in Ticino with tasty and traditional products you can get at any local store.

The Best Traditional Beer

In Ticino, you can find antique and gourmet handmade beer, and the Appenzeller Bier is one of the most traditional ones and that can be found in all Switzerland. A few of the most popular beers are the “Quöllfrisch” and “Vollmond” beer, filled with sweet and sour flavors. The company that manufactures them is the Brauerei Locher AG founded in 1886.

A Silky Piece of Chocolate

Swiss chocolate has been known as one of the best in the world for decades, so in Ticino, you can enjoy all type of typical chocolates and desserts with this delicious product. In Ticino, you can find Alprose Chocolate, a company that has a museum you can visit, and watch the manufacturing process of this silky product while having a taste of it.

Meringues and Whip Cream to sweeten your day

In Ticino, one of the traditional sweet dishes are meringues and whip cream, that combined with some fruits, essences, and mixed with cakes and pastry products it becomes a dessert you can’t miss in your visit to Ticino.

Season fruits that will freshen up Your Life

In Ticino, the seasonal fruits are one of the typical products that are eaten on a daily basis. The Ticinese cuisine includes the preparation of all types of dishes and gourmet food preparations with seasonal fruits you can’t miss. These products can be found in the local market in Bellinzona, right in the historical center.

Raw Jam, a top Quality beef to Enjoy

It’s a jam that has been aged and salted in the Ticino highlands which gives its characteristic flavor. The jam is handmade and processed by the cheese masters of Ticino, and it can be found in Canvetto Cadagno.

Homemade Pasta Full of Love and Tradition

In Ticino, in almost every restaurant, you can get pasta made at-the-moment, with local products. This handmade pasta will give the restaurant or store their special flavor and will vary according to the skills and technique the chefs or cooks apply in the making. They also have a variety of flours that you can’t miss.