Switzerland's best Italian restaurants

There's no need to cross the border, authenticity beckons at some of the best Italian restaurants in Switzerland

If you're tired of cheese and chocolate, think yourself lucky that Switzerland's Italian restaurants are booming. Their Swiss' proximity to Switzerland means they often able to welcome the finest Italian chefs with open arms and import their finest fares on a daily basis. Here we've picked the most beautiful Italian restaurants in a number of cities where you can get your food fix in no time.

Seven Easy Ascona

Wood-fired oven-baked pizzas, homemade pastas and Mediterranean seafood preparations like whole salt-baked fish... Seven Easy Ascona brings your Dolce Vita dreams to life in Ascona, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, with authentic Italian classics that are best enjoyed in this sophisticated restaurant. Charming service and contemporary ambience will make you want to stay for dessert. Try the homemade gelato here as it is not to be missed. seven.ch

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La Grange

Imagine you can have a little piece of Italy outside snowy Gstaad. La Grange’s charm is the crowning glory of Les Diablerets village, where for years restaurateur Giovanni Quaquarelli has been catering to guests from near and far. As with Italian cuisine, the menus are centred around the freshest ingredients and uncomplicated preparations. The lunch set is nice and easy, while you can choose from Menu Mare, Terra or Esotico in the evening. Reserve a table by the fireplace. www.lagrangelesdiablerets.com

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Restaurant August

This famous pizzeria-turned-restaurant, August, is located in Wolhusen just outside Lucerne is even better than the original. The signature ‘pizza al metro’ is still a favourite on the menu, and you can create your own personalised pizza. Besides the freshly-baked pizzas, indulgent pastas and specialities such as roasted chicken, the traditional Sunday Brunch is still a crowd pleaser. The wine list reaches deep into Switzerland’s oenological world with over 250 labels on offer. www.pizzeria-august.ch

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Rosso

Known for its wood-oven-baked pizzas, Zurich's Rosso has more similarities with an Italian trattoria than first appears. Located in the depths of Hardbrücke, Rosso isn't easy to find without your smart phone. Late or not, the restaurant is always full of customers, so booking is a necessity.  The pizza list is short and classic with Bufala featuring on the 'most-eaten-by-yours-truly' lists. Located in an old warehouse, Rosso doesn't look like a restaurant from the outside but its hipster clientelle and  quirky interior will definitely add something special to your dining experience. www.restaurant-rosso.ch

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La Favola

In the heart of Geneva's old town, La Favola is probably one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Switzerland, the fare comes straight through the Alps on daily basis and the menu features a hearty mix of Mediterranean and northern Italian dishes as well as with a great selection of wine. www.restaurant-la-favola.ch

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Kornhauskeller

Located in the centre of Bern, this gorgeous restaurant is located in the vaults of a former granary. The paintings, chandeliers, high ceiling arches, panelling and elaborate candlesticks showcase Bern’s high Baroque period and all add up to a dramatic setting. Specialising in Italian delicacies as well as a ledgendary Sunday brunch this is a once-in-a-lifetime restaurant. www.bindella.ch/de/kornhauskeller

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