Osteria degli Amici [**, $$] Our favorite Stresa
pizzeria, on a narrow side street, visited two nights in a row in
2003, and revisited in 2006. It is at a table at this restaurant on
our first visit that we sketched out the early design for our new
kitchen. Best tables are on
the street enclave. Line of waiting customer is both a testimonial and
warning to come early (or prepare to eat late). The Osteria is on a
side street, just a short block from the main piazza where most of the
tourists hang out in more touristy restaurants.
Rome. da Giggetto il Re della Pizza [**,$], Via Alessandria 43.
A very popular neighborhood
restaurant; exactly what we needed at the end of a Roma touring day: escape from
tourists and a chance to see real Romans. At da Giggetto you
are treated as a local, not a dumb tourist. There is indoor and outdoor (on
the sidewalk) seating. Wonderful food and
friendly service. This restaurant is far enough from the main sights
that it may be a good idea to go there by cab.
On a return visit (2006) to Stresa we not only
degli Amici is still operational and as good as ever, but
also found a formidible competitor nearby. Ristorante Pizzeria Cardini di
Mariangela [**,$] is a simple family run place up the hill overlooking Stresa.
In addition to exceptional pizzas Cardini offers delightful views of Lago
Marggiori from its veranda seating. It is in the small town of
Someraro di Stresa, a few kilometers up a very windy road from Stresa.
Photo on left is one of the Cardini pizza creations.
The chefs at Cardini. The fellow on the right handles the pizza oven.