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Grotto Pierino

$$ - $$$
Italian, Swiss
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Centro Paese | Cureggia, Lugano 6963, Switzerland
+41 91 941 87 96
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London, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

The location is very peculiar, at the top of a hill over looking Lugano and its lake. Polenta keeps piping in a copper pot over the fireplace. We started our lunch with typical lardo, coppa and salami: amazing! We cobtinued with polenta and rabbit and beef stew. Polenta was very good, thick and tasty. The meat wasn't special and the... More 

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Tenerife, Spain
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100 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Family restaurant with large terrace and view of Lugano. Very kind service by the owner, good selection of charcuterie, excellent polenta and coniglio (rabbit). Local wine was an experience, we skipped to Merlot, bottled. Beautiful hike further up to Bré village (bus connection). I recommend it.

Thank elydia
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

Very authentic grotto located in hills just 10-15 minuted from Lugano. Family owned and run, with fantastic affetati (salumi, cheeses, prosciutto) and polenta with rabbit. You drink house win out of small bowls. The experience, the family owners, the setting is all excellent. I highly highly recommend.

Thank John1164
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2015

As a family we were travelling to Italy and stopped in Lugano on the way for a few nights. We wanted to eat in a Grotto to get a local flavour of the area and went here after looking at TA. We, sorry I went unprepared without a phrase book (Italian) and struggled with the menu but the people here... More 

Thank Alan W
Lake Como, Italy
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69 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2014

had one of my best lunches at Grotto Pierino!!! Great homemade dishes...the polenta and brasato as my Mum use to cook! Great dessert and wine! The place is fantastic and great atmosphere!

Thank PinoVelardi
Fribourg, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 June 2014

ok...the offer is quite limited in terms of meals but you don't care! You don't care first because you understand very quickly that this familiar restaurant serves their home-made sauvages and cold meat and it is very very good but also because the place and the staff are soooo nice! Playground for the childrens front to the restaurant I recommand... More 

Thank caro b
Lugano, Switzerland
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2014

I just enjoyed drinking a glas of red wine with polenta and brasato on the terrace. Grotto Pierino offers a limited but excellent choice of local food with wine in a quiet location with a beeautifull view on Lugano from the terrace (Cureggia is not far from the top of Monte Bre). The owner is there since years and knows... More 

Thank David R
Biel, Switzerland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2012

Very friendly staff and great fod! Siple as you want to have it in a Grotto! Very nice view over Lugano and nice winding road! Easy to find and close to Lugano!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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155 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2012

We didn't actually eat here. We only had ice cream, coffee and torta di pane. The location is very nice und if you walk to the small church you have a wonderful view of Lugano and the lake.

Thank kybtur
Zurich, Switzerland
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2012

One of a few grottos in Lugano that actually is a grotto, not just the name. Authentic environment, very few dishes, cooked on the day, all excellent like home made and very generous portions. We had minestrone and polenta with rabbit and ossobuco, and at the end were served a typical torta di pane. All at a very good price,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24 - US$36
Italian, Swiss
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Centro Paese | Cureggia, Lugano 6963, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 91 941 87 96

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?