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Pizza and pasta is pretty much a given, with every restaurant dishing up age-old Italian classics. It’s easy to spend your holiday inside a culinary comfort zone, munching pizza margarita and slurping spaghetti bolognese. However, if you do this, you’ll miss discovering the best places to try Lake Garda’s food.
Each village boasts its own traditional recipes handed down through generations, from polenta dishes to meaty stews and Austrian-style salads. Ask the restaurants in Lake Garda about their house specials, be brave, and branch out. You won’t be sorry.
Life will give you a whole lot of lemons around Lake Garda, so embrace the zing and dive right in. Monks brought lemons to the shores of Lake Garda way back in the 13th century and, before long, citrus growing (and eating) took hold of Garda in a big way.
Lake Garda’s restaurants serve up fresh fish swimming in lemon caper sauce, lemon sorbet, lemon polenta cake and lemony pasta dishes finished with local olive oil. Limoncello, a lemon-based Italian liqueur, is also distilled here, offering the perfect ending to any meal.
Lake Garda’s dining scene isn’t all about restaurants. And if you’re ever left wondering where to eat in Lake Garda, often you need look no further than your own doorstep.
Every village holds a weekly food market, packed with artisan stalls selling fresh produce from all around the region. You’ll find bottles of deep golden olive oil by the dozen, stacks of fresh (if smelly) cheese, and all kinds of sliced charcuterie.
If you’re on a self-catering trip, the local markets are perfect for finding Lake Garda delicacies with which to cook up a seriously Mediterranean storm. You can even pick up a bottle of local wine to wash it down.