It was 2015 when Riccardo Camanini joined Lido84 in Gardone Riviera, where the background music is provided by waves of the lake lapping the shoreline. The Michelin star soon followed.
WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE CUISINE OF LAKE GARDA?
The food of Lake Garda is closely linked to the local environment, climate and products on offer: olive oil, citrus fruits like citron and lemons and of course fish from the lake. And let’s not forget the products supplied by the mountains just behind the lake, such as alpine butter and mountain pasture cheeses like Bagoss.
WHICH LOCAL DISH DO YOU LOVE COOKING?
The most authentic Lake Garda dish is definitely anything prepared using the traditional spiedo – spit roast – method. It’s closely linked to family values, nature and sharing. Traditionally speaking you would use tiny birds, but that’s illegal now. It’s quite a laborious dish to make when you take into account the fire, the cleaning and of course the cooking of the meat, which is served up immediately with polenta and the butter caught in pans under the spits, which rotate for four or five hours.
WHICH LOCAL ARTISANAL PRODUCERS DO YOU LOVE VISITING TO STOCK UP?
Giusy and Enrico Orioli are cheese connoisseurs – they know everything there is to know about it, they speak beautifully and they love good food. You can find them at the Mercato Coperto in Gavardo. As well as that there’s the Azienda Agricola Biologica con Frantoio Giacomini, owned by the siblings Marisa and Valerio Giacomini. Marisa deals with capers, citrus, oil and olives. Last but not least is the Pescheria di Gardone Riviera fishmongers, run by Beppe and Paolo Castellini. They have the best lake fish around.
YOU CAN’T LEAVE LAKE GARDA WITHOUT EATING…
I would have said eel from the lake, but sadly we’re not allowed to fish it at the moment. An alternative is grilled sardines or pike alla gardesana. For a trattoria lunch, my absolute favourite spot is Ernesto and Giusy’s Riolet. You can’t say you’ve visited Lake Garda without eating at their restaurant in Fasano Alta, Gardone Riviera.
SAPORE LIFE/ Lake Garda THREE UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES
Puncture the lemons with several holes and blanch three times, letting them cool each time. Prepare a simple syrup, bringing the water…
As you slowly follow the winding road along the shore of Lake Garda, a number…
Man’s interaction with nature is perfectly expressed along the shores of Lake…