Ristorante Kincho - Lago di Como, Italy

After two and a half days in Milan, we took a short train ride north to Lago di Como (Lake Como). The first impression of the town, is everything you expect if you have seen movies, photos or videos. Picturesque, blue skies, clear air, and quiet. It is easy to see why Italian aristocrats had summer homes in this region away from the hustle of the cities like the one we just left. 

We had two nights booked at Sheraton Lake Como Hotel and took a taxi from the train station. Unless you are staying in town, I highly recommend taking a taxi or ferry if you are walking with bags. The area is hilly with narrow sidewalks and the walk could be quite a challenge.

After extending our time in Milan before the ride up, we decided to relax and unwind at the hotel the first night. We were given a  private terrace with breathtaking views. There are several areas to lounge on the grounds including indoor bars or by the pool.

There were three restaurants open to choose from so we went for the one with the most steak on the menu. Of course! Ristorante Kincho offers casual dining in an outdoor setting and was the option of choice. 

Everything is cooked in a wood oven on an open flame. We went for the Tomahawk to share. It is served up on a salt slab and sliced at the table by the waiter. 

The temperature was perfect and the meat was very tender and tasty. It is served with warm nan, baked potatoes, sauteed vegetables and three  sauces made in-house. 

Just look at that smile! We paired the steak with a 2017 Sherazade Nero d'Avola from the Sicilian vineyard Donnafugata that was the exact flavor to complement the meal, and not too heavy because this was a heavy meal! 

The following day we ventured into town via the ferry that is a short walk from the hotel. We spent a few hours walking around Como seeing the sights. The town of Como is beautiful, full of eateries and shops but mostly caters to tourists. We decided to dine at Kincho again so we would not have to navigate our way back to the hotel tired and after dark. We had a quick bite to eat, caught a bus for a short ride, and decided to walk the rest of the way back to the hotel. We needed the exercise!

The walk along Via Cernobbio has breathtaking views and a few places to stop off and rest. We did exactly that at Villa Olmo, taking time to explore the grounds. 
Stopping at Hotel Villa Flori was a must after spying the terrace over the lake. We enjoyed drinks and cicchetti (tapas) while watching boats zip across the lake and local fishermen catching dinner. 

The selection for dinner that evening was the filet. It was absolute perfection! Charred on the outside with a cool red center and sliced through like warm butter. It was also served with baked potatoes and roasted vegetables. We paired it with Sella & Mosca's Tanca Farra Alghero 2014. It is a heavier wine than the Sherazade Nero d'Avola from the previous night and was a beautiful complement to the meal.

I have no regrets about choosing to dine at Kincho both nights of our stay. Both meals were amazing. It was a plus to dine outdoors in a quiet setting. Even if you do not stay at the hotel, it is worth the taxi ride to have dinner at Kincho. Kincho is not open year-round so be sure to check ahead and if they are not open, Kitchen Restaurant is another option and has a Michelin Star! We'll be trying that out if we find ourselves in Como again.

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