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.


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.