I have been on vacation in Sirmione on Lake Garda for years, enjoying swimming, lazing around and eating out. But this summer, I found out that I had done the last part wrong.
Lake Garda is full of good restaurants, all of which serve pretty much the same things: fresh fish and shellfish, various pastas, grilled meats, pizzas and, for the Germans, cutlets. I had always liked to pick one and walk around to get there, and was almost always happy with my dinner.
But this year, I noticed that I was spending over 30 euros ($ 35) for a modest meal consisting of a main course, a salad and two small glasses of wine, as well as bottled water. mandatory and cover charges.
This time I went to eat at my hotel, where previously I only received breakfast. I had heard from friends that the Hotel Catullo had wonderful food. The setting, on an arbor covered terrace a few yards from the lake, with a magnificent view of the sunset, was more charming than most of the other restaurants on the island. But what made the difference is the price: 25 euros.
Now I received an appetizer, a first course, a second course, a salad and a dessert. There were always two or three choices for the first and second course, which varied daily.
One evening, the aperitif consisted of slices of veal with tuna sauce followed by a choice of pasta with a cheese sauce or with monkfish and pumpkin cream. After that came either the grouper in tomato sauce, the pork in red wine sauce or a plate of salami and cheese. The dessert was a peach mousse.
Over the evenings, I ate grilled octopus, osso bucco, pasta, fish from the lake, fried zucchini flowers, éclairs and other delicacies. I had a better and more diverse dining experience than I had at other restaurants. In addition, the water was free and the wine, although not, was poured with the more generous hand of the owner Fabio.
I also ordered Catullo’s a la carte menu, once each for lunch and dinner, and I was also satisfied with the high quality dishes: black truffle pasta, shrimp and avocado salad, grilled scallops and shrimp. These meals were much more expensive, but they were also worth it.
Address: Piazza Flaminia, 7, 25019 Sirmione BS
Hours: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day
Price: Entrances and entrances are from 13 to 18 euros; the second courses are from 16 to 24 euros. For hotel guests, 25 euros for four courses.
english menu: Yes