Restaurant Il Crotto, serving the best grilled meat in the village of Lierna since 1892

Between the restful green of the plane trees, just a few steps from Lake Como, lies Ristorante il Crotto. We serve delicious, typical Lombardy cuisine, enhanced with the flair of our experienced family chefs. Our rustic and cosy restaurant is ideal for big family gatherings or romantic evening meals. At the heart of the excellence of Restaurant Crotto is the passion for work and the history that links the Cattaneo family to the restaurant. Perfecting the recipes over the years, at Il Crotto you can enjoy a wide variety of dishes: delicious starters, fresh pasta, fish seconds and grilled meat cooked in the main hall, followed by handmade desserts. And the view of the lake from our terrace is unmissable in the warm summer months.

Restaurant Il Crotto, a family history

The Crotto was built as a tavern towards the end of the 19th century, at its lakeside location where it was refreshed by the mountain air coming down from the mountain along with the fresh spring water. An ancient property of the Pines of Liguria, the tavern was sold to Francesco and Giuseppe Panizza di Castello. Their nephew established the inn and transformed it into a restaurant. Upon departing for Argentina, the restaurant was taken over by his parents Giovanni Panizza Giuanòla and Ancilla Barindelli, assisted by their daughters Luigia and Ambrogina, who introduced the sale of wine along with the food served and set up a bowling area beneath the trees. In the 1950's the serving of food was continued by Bruno Cattaneo, son of Luigi, and his wife Adamoli Elide, who made it a quaint and renowned restaurant known especially for serving delicious lake fish and grilled meats. In turn, their children continued their tradition and today Gianluigi, son of Bruno and Elide, runs the restaurant with his daughter, Stefania, who is head-chef.
Bruno Cattaneo

Elide Adamoli
l’insegna Il Crotto

Il Crotto: the ideal location for special occasions

If you are looking for a unique place to celebrate a special occasion in the area, Crotto is the place. We offer spacious and welcoming rooms, a wonderful terrace overlooking Lake Como, a large grill in the centre of the main hall where dishes are prepared and cooked in view, and parking shaded by plane trees for over 180 years. You will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in local nature and history, by following the famous hiking path that leads from Lecco to Colico around the mountain. Nearby you can also visit the Longobard Castle of Lierna or the famous Riva Bianca and Riva Nera.

Call +39 348 7409893 or +39 0341 740134 for more information or to book your table today!

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