Il Gatto Nero Lago di Como, Italy | World-Class Food Enriched by Breathtaking Views

Nestled high atop the hills in Cernobbio, Italy, you can find this gem of an upscale restaurant overlooking the majestic Lago di Como.

The drive up from Via Regina may be hair raising for some as a narrow winding and curvy road is the only way that leads to this stunning place, but we recommend that you just relax and brave it because it’s well worth it. 

Starting with the elegant but warm ambiance as well as the impeccable and congenial service, you’ll soon be on cloud nine as you enjoy the outstanding food and awe-inspiring panoramic views. The restaurant has spacious indoor dining rooms and lounges with beautifully arranged settings and décor. Its terrace offers a spectacular way to dine during the warm months and is enclosed in the winter to offer an additional lounge where cocktails can be enjoyed pre-dinner or to hang out after dinner.  During the winter holiday season, the aforementioned charming lounge is festively decorated while still keeping the gorgeous view to Lake Como intact. Designed and furnished to be warm and welcoming, and located in one of the trendiest locations on Lake Como, you could easily get the feeling that you are dining in a gorgeous private home, which is exactly what distinguishes Il Gatto Nero restaurant from other venues in this area.

Ideal for romantic, as well as business dinners, Il Gatto Nero is a popular destination for visiting celebrities, including George Clooney and other well-known Hollywood stars, Italian and international politicians, world-famous sportsmen and women, in addition to a large local clientele.

The restaurant offers a private car park and shuttle service from there to the restaurant as parking on your own in this area could be a challenge.

 Authentic Italian cuisine on Lake Como

Il Gatto Nero restaurant is synonymous with Italian cuisine and Mediterranean specialties. The restaurant offers the best of regional Italian traditional cooking with a contemporary flavor and a focus on Lombard and the Lake’s gastronomic culture.

Light and simple ingredients, always fresh and natural, are masterfully combined by the Chefs Andrea and David, who together, thanks to their dynamic imagination, create unique and intriguing recipes on a daily basis.

The restaurant also prides itself in creating magical moments for private events, anniversaries and birthdays including suitable music and floral arrangements to make your event an experience you will remember long after it has ended. 

Famous for its excellent wine list, Il Gatto Nero’s wine cellar offers the perfect marriage of well-known foreign labels and prestigious Italian wines with timeless classics and contemporary excellence, such as Ca’ del Bosco from the Franciacorta area, and the most famous Super Tuscany wines Sassicaia, Solaia, and Tignanello, to name a few. 

Our dining experience included Il Gatto Nero’s New Year’s Eve Menu, which offered the following delectable dishes paired with appropriate wines like Pecorino di Pasetti, Sagrantino di Montefalco di Az. Ag. Briziarelli, and Diamante di Tasca d’Almerita. 

Pre-dinner, Gillardeau oysters were generously served with Laurent Perrier Champagne as well as an assortment of appetizers followed by Red prawns carpaccio made with aromatic herbs, black radish and red caviar, Risotto “acquerello” with William’s pear, foie grass and Porto sauce, Lobster and prawnsSavarin with rum, “Cotechino e lenticchie.” 

 At midnight, another generous round of Champagne, included in the prix fixe menu, was served to ring in the New Year. Live entertainment throughout the evening until the early morning hours completed the perfect transition into 2019. 

 When visiting the Lake Como area be sure to put Il Gatto Nero on your list of restaurants to enjoy.
Photography courtesy Il Gatto Nero