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Federale Resturant Pizzeria Besso

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Via Coremmo, 21, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
+41 91 966 54 18
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75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to simply relax and discuss the news of Italian politics. Excellent and large Tiramisu. Pleasant staff.

Thank Hans B
Geneva, Switzerland
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381 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2015

This restaurant has a fantastic location near the lake on the market place. The pizza was very good, served on time ( we requested to be serve within 45 minutes), the pasta with prawns and saffron was excellent and the tiramisu was ok. Obviously, by the location the price is higher than any other restaurant of the city. Good thing:... More 

Thank jaynice1
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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487 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2015

Got a pizza and gnocchi - really nothing special. Price is very good though compared to other restaurants. Menu is a bit small. If it is nice outside and you done mind a "slightly above average place" come here because the courtyard area is a great place to sit

Thank ilovecorndogs
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102 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2014

The food was really good and service was good. No one in this area speaks a Germanic language so you need to learn a little Italian. Located on a nice square just off the lake.

Thank bthaynes
Geneva, Switzerland
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2014

Federale was a surprise for us and the owners are kind and welcoming. We were 14 people and we've all ordered different dishes. The food was clearly fresh and delicious. We were all very satisfied not only with the quality but also with the amount served. Wine, dishes and dessert were all very good. If you find yourself in the... More 

Thank Titineta
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163 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2014 via mobile

We were in Downtown Lugano during a wine festival and wanted to seat in a pleasant place to grab something to eat and fortunately seat at Federale and it was good food with excellent location.

Thank MichelMan
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

Went for dinner. After we were seated we asked if we could move to a different table because cigar smoke was bothering my 7 year old. ( we hadn't ordered anything yet). After that our waiter just ignored us. 15 minutes passed with no one coming near us. Waiter was taking orders from tables that arrived 20 minutes after us.... More 

1 Thank Goldie400
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2013

A nice location in the main square, which is lovely during the day with a relaxing coffee. But in the evening it can get quite busy, especially where there is an event going on in the square. The staff do their best but it can sometimes appear that they are rushed and perhaps a little brusque. Food is generally good,... More 

1 Thank aintynice
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Oh what a terrible experience! The pasta was bland. The waiter didn't even come by once to see if I needed anything. Finally I waved him down for some hot pepper. Again I had to wait to wave him down to clear the dish - which I couldn't finish it was so tasteless- and when I told him it wasn't... More 

Thank maamelsi
Piero R, Direttore at Federale Resturant Pizzeria Besso, responded to this review
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La vostra recensione è riferita al nostro omonimo che si trova in piazza riforma quindi cortesemente eliminate perché noi siamo... More 

Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Very good Italian food - of the various restaurants at which we ate over our week-long trip to Switzerland, everyone was unanimous that this was the best. Great location - outdoor seating on the main town square about a block from the lake. We all had pasta.

Thank BlueScotch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$25
Italian, European, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Coremmo, 21, Lugano 6900, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lugano
  • Phone Number: +41 91 966 54 18

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?