Whenever I travel to Lake Como, it is not only a treat for the eyes, but also for the taste buds. Each time I ask for restaurant recommendations, I am instantly referred to the same one- the stunning Il Gatto Nero (The Black Cat).
I had heard it was the favorite of the who’s who from Clooney to Damon and Douglas, so during my last trip we got in the car and headed up the hill above Lake Como. It may be a good idea to have a designated driver, it’s one of those steep, serpentine mountain roads without guardrails and 100 foot drops!
Leaving the lights of Como below, you pull up to the restaurant. It’s a charming little villa which seems to be holding onto the edge of the cliff for dear life. There’s nowhere to pull over on the one-lane road, so the hostess comes out and tells you to follow her car further up the hill to park.
Once in the restaurant, you fall immediately in love with this romantic, cozy spot. The living room has a stunning view, perched high above the beautiful lake.
The dining rooms, upstairs or down are just as wonderful. The lighting is warm, the décor is charming and eclectic, and the food is excellent. Never refuse an espresso and a biscotti from the family-style jar at the end.
On our way out, there was an older gentleman watching soccer on TV. It’s Heinz the owner and he decorated the place himself. You can tell he is comfortable and happy to be in his little slice of heaven.
Il Gatto Nero
Via Monte Santo 69