The funicular was not the last of the Godfather’s Lugano recommendations. He also suggested that we try his favorite Lugano restaurant.
To tell the truth, we weren’t too confident in this recommendation because the Godfather couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant and it seemed to us that he might not really know it all that well if he couldn’t remember its name.“When you’re standing at the lake, looking back toward the Hotel Walter du Lac,” he said, “it’s about four or five doors to the left. It’s a little pricey, but the food and the service is incredible.”
So we wandered down to the Walter at lunchtime and walked four or five doors to the left, and sure enough, there was a lovely looking restaurant called La Cucina di Alice.
We sat down at a sidewalk table across the street from the lake despite the fact that we had already had lunch. We weren’t sure this was actually the restaurant the Godfather had recommended, but it was a very warm day so we thought we’d dip our toes in the water slowly by ordering a cold drinks and desserts.
Let’s cut to the chase:
Jamie had a molten chocolate cake. I had cheesecake. Not only were they fabulous, but so was our waiter Edwin. So we made dinner reservations and asked to be seated in Edwin’s section.
Dinner was even better. Edwin was funny and gracious and responsive and he gave us free drinks, which as far as I’m concerned, makes even the finest meal taste even better.
So, Godfather, we hope La Cucina di Alice was your favorite restaurant in Lugano, because it certainly has become ours.