Where to eat with your family this easter

26 March 2024
Written by
Lucrezia Worthington

From rustic country landscapes to waterside restaurants

A time to come together with your family over a delicious spread of food. It’s understandable however that sometimes, heading out to celebrate this occasion without worrying about preparations and cleaning up is just what some people need, so we have thought to put together a list of seven restaurants where stellar chefs will be dishing up a special meal this Easter.

Cantina Nicola di Cocconato, piedmont

The restaurant situated within the Cantina Nicola in Cocconato vineyard will celebrate Easter by paying homage to its land, the one immersed in the hills of Monferrato. To celebrate, Chef Alessia Rolla will prepare a menu deeply rooted in identity, yet attentive to Easter gastronomic traditions. As for wine, winemaker and producer Federico Nicola will introduce some of his labels. The culinary journey will include two starters followed by ‘macarun’ pasta mantecato with sage butter and brown lentil miso with chamomile. A lamb rack will be served with creamy artichokes and liquorice and to end, a hazelnut, coffee and chocolate treat served with vermouth sorbet. WEBSITE

Cantina Nicola di Cocconato

Casa di Langa, Piedmont

Fàula Restaurant at Casa di Langa

The Easter menu curated by Chef Daniel Zeilinga speaks of spring awakening matched with the precious ingredients grown in Alta Langa of Piedmont. Immersed in 42 hectares of woods, vineyards, and meadows, Casa di Langa is an idyllic setting to spend the Easter holidays, surrounded by the untouched nature of the area which actually supplies most of the plant-based ingredients used at their Fàula Restaurant. After an amuse-bouche, the starter begins with an organic, free-range egg accompanied by fava beans, chicory and hazelnuts. Following a crispy artichoke on beurre-blanc, guests will be served a delicious herb-filled risotto with local stream-caught smoked eel. As for the main, delicate milk-fed lamb with asparagus caught from the garden and to close the journey, a fresh pistachio, raspberry and elderberry based desert. WEBSITE

Locale, Milan

This Sunday Locale awaits with a new menu that combines simplicity and refinement, bringing to the table a selection of products from small local businesses, located no more than a hundred kilometers from the Lombard capital. Among the delicious new dishes to discover you’ll find: seared beef carpaccio served with aromatic bread and seasonal vegetables; saffron and liquorice risotto; slow-cooked pork coppa accompanied by spicy ribs, raspberry agrodolce, and green beans. But of course, for the celebratory occasion there are some traditional easter dishes available to taste too. BOOK HERE

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio

Mistral, Courtesy Grand Hotel Villa Serbellon

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, has reopened for the season, and within its Empire, Liberty, and neoclassical style walls lies its restaurant Mistral, in which Chef Ettore Bocchia reigns with his fine dining proposals. This Easter, a dedicated menu of course has been presented and will present nods to traditional Italian recipes with, of course, the Chef’s signature style. You’ll be able to savour all the flavours of the Torta Pasqualina, featuring crispy brisée sheets filled with creamy chard, white asparagus and Siberian caviar; or milk-fed goat presented in multiple cooking techniques and finally, the desert will present a world of surprises. Ensure to leave space for the homemade colomba by their talented pastry chef Manuel Ferrari, accompanied by a delicate vanilla and chocolate sauce. WEBSITE

Il Sereno al Lago, lake como

Il Sereno Al Lago

Chef Raffaele Lenzi’s Easter menu embraces flavours from all over Italy and beyond, which you can taste within a serene setting overlooking Lake Como. From three tasting dishes by the Chef to open the meal, the set-menu includes ‘Romanesco’ broccoli carbonara, meat Cannelloni, braised lettuce with sashimi-style cod, and Jerusalem artichoke (interestingly highlighting the vegetable as the protagonist of the dish) followed by lamb chop, puntarelle (a type of chicory traditional of Rome), fava beans, and anchovies. The meal is completed with an ode to the chef’s origins: Campania, bringing to the table Neapolitan pastiera: wheat cooked in milk, orange zest, vanilla beans, sheep’s ricotta, eggs, and orange blossom water and shortcrust pastry accompanied by vanilla ice cream. WEBSITE

Balzi Rossi di Ventimiglia, liguria

Overlooking the sea only a few kilometers from the French boarders is Michelin starred restaurant Balzi Rossi. This Easter, Chef Enrico Marmo’s cuisine will draw inspiration from fresh, local ingredients fully enhancing their flavours. The menu consists of five courses and will include shrimp, which the chef receives directly from the local fishermen, as well as seasonal vegetables such as artichoke, fava beans and peas grown at the neighbouring Ascheri Agricultural Estate (only 300m away from the restaurant!). For the main course, the chef will propose goat, a delicate but not uncommon meat to use in Easter. Included in the menu is also desert and one glass of Franciacorta sparkling wine on arrival – as well as the option to include wine pairing for the five courses. WEBSITE

The dining room at Balzi Rossi

masseria le carrube, puglia

Masseria Le Carrube

Le Carrube is immersed in a familiar and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for spending special moments with loved ones. Guests will have the opportunity to experience the tradition and warmth of the Apulian countryside, reclaiming the time and joy of being together. Throughout the month of March, every Saturday evening, the Le Carrube restaurant will offer guests of the farmhouse and visitors a tasting dinner curated by Chef Massimo Santoro. A journey of unique dishes made with vegetables harvested directly from the fields of the farmhouse. Every Sunday, there will be space for Brunch in the Masseria: stalls, music, conviviality, and carefree enjoyment to experience the sweet spring warmth enveloped in the typical atmosphere of Apulian farmhouses. For Easter and Easter Monday, the Masseria is ready to welcome families and friends who want to experience a moment of celebration and sharing, amidst traditions and folk music, with plenty of space for children who will have a dedicated program inspired by musical instruments and circus tradition. WEBSITE

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