Switzerland's international cuisine is inspired by its neighbouring countries, and central Lucerne is no exception. Here are our favourite restaurants in the city...
Good food, great wine and a lovely view over Lake Lucerne: this is Padrino. Claudia and Giorgio Montella welcome diners from far and wide to their little Italian haven in the heart of Lucerne. Begin your evening with a glass of champagne and an assortment of antipasti and then tuck into Italian classics created with finest seasonal ingredients. Whatever your choice, you are in good hands.
Padrino: Haldenstrasse 4 CH 6006 Lucerne Tel. +41 (0)41 410 41 50, www.padrino.ch
Relaxed and with a wonderfully peaceful family atmosphere, Centro is an Italian restaurant where you can enjoy Mediterranean specialities in the dining room, bistro or on the terrace on a glorious day just outside Lucerne. From indulgent pasta to the best catch of the day, it’s all about fresh, local ingredients just as the Italians like it.
Centro: Langensandstrasse 25 CH 6005 Lucerne Tel. +41 (0)41 367 90 10, www.ristorante-centro.ch
La Cucina, source: www.luzern.com
With its elegant furnishings, chandeliers, wooden fittings and bistro-style chairs La Cucina brings a touch of La Dolce Vita to Lucerne. Apart from the delicious wood-fired pizzas the menu offers antipasti, risotto, pasta, fish and meat, all served by incredibly helpful staff.
La Cucina: Pilatusstrasse 29, 6003 Lucerne, +41 41 226 88 88, www.lacucina-luzern.ch
This atmospheric restaurant is know for its rapidly changing menu of innovative dishes that utilise seasonal market fresh ingredients. Dine on the patio on a summer's afternoon, or cosy up inside the candlelit interior in the winter.
Grottino 1313: Industriestrasse 7, 6005 Lucerne, Tel. +41 41 610 13 13, grottino1313.ch