Como and Milan: Food Diary | Footnotes and Finds

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Como and Milan: Food Diary

You cant go to Italy and not have a food experience, its just not possible! And if you don't have one, then you did it wrong. Im a vegetarian, so already I am aware that I miss out on good food that is at times the best food representative of the country, the region or the restaurant I am visiting. But I do try to be as authentic to the place as possible when it comes to meal selections and Como and Milan were no different. This time I was lucky since my friend Kate basically told me all the food I must have and she outdid herself, because the food was amazing! (Well, its Italy, its never too hard to find good food). I have chosen 3 of my favourite meals that I had never had before:

1. Panzarotto from Luini's

These were my favourite. Panzarotti are filled pastries and we chose to have the tomato and mozzarella ones. They melt in your mouth, I cant explain how good they are, so let this be telling of their popularity and yum-ness: the queue for Luini's was down the block and around. Interestingly enough in Canada we have a "stick-it-in-the-oven" fast food equivalent called pizza pockets...but these were like infinitely better.

2. Pizzoccheri in Brunate

I was lucky to have had the chance to eat at a restaurant that overlooked the sunsetting over Lake Como, but I was even more thrilled to be trying "mountain food." Pizzoccheri is a short tagliatelle-type pasta made largely of buckwheat and less so of wheat. It is cooked with greens and potatoes, Valtellina Casera, ground Grana Padano with garlic and sage fried in butter. It was creamy and perfect, I definitely recommend the extra excursion up the funicolare to try this dish!

Pizzoccheri pictured in the bottom half of the image

3. Piadina at Villa Carlotta

During our ferry journey to Villa Carlotta, we had had tea and a pastry so when we arrived at Villa Carlotta we wanted a light lunch that would give us the energy to explore the Villa and its gardens and make it to Bellagio. Kate suggested a Piadina which is a flatbread stuffed with various fillings. We ordered one which was filled with cooked eggplants, tomatoes and bell peppers and another which was a Caprese Piadina. Both were tasty. If you are ever in Italy and in the hunt for a light lunch option these are your go-to's and can be found almost anywhere in Italy.

4. Honourable mention: Pastries!

I also indulged in pastry tasting at Pasticceria Capriccio in Como. We had our own pot of tea and delighted ourselves in a wide selection of pastries including cannoncini, cannoli and beniet.

We hope you have been enjoying the Como travel series! If you have missed out on any, I have linked the Itinerary and Travel Diary.


  1. Beautiful photos :)

    Maria V.

  2. I'm guessing that the pizzocherri are quite healthy seeing as they are made from buckwheat pasta, will have to try them out when I'm next in Milan

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  3. I just got "fat" by all the fabulous food posts at these various Italian eateries! :)


  4. This post made me so hungry! Those pastries from Pasticceria Capriccio look so good!

    Sweet Helen Grace

  5. the piadina looks so good . food is the main reason i want to travel!

  6. The pizzoccheri looks delicious! Looks like I have to spend hours googling for the perfect recipe since flying to Italy is not exactly an option...

    -Joan B

  7. This is a truly yummy post! Actually, this whole series is helpful for someone who wishes to visit Italy :)


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