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I Panigacci

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Via Giovanni Chini 11, 21039 Valganna, Italy
+39 331 204 4157
Wed - Fri 18:30 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 01:00
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Located a short drive from the main road this restaurant is beautifully placed on the mountainside. The food and service were excellent and is definitely worth a try. We had starters, main, dessert and payed a little more than a hundred euro including drinks. (2 adults and a 3 year old) Main was 1 kg T-bone.

Thank Pippibob
Milan, Italy
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237 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Went here with a friend from the area. You need to know the place exists, as it is located along a side road on the steep slope facing the lake of Lugano, on the border between Italy and Switzerland. It goes without saying the panorama of the mountains is really top. We had the typical "panigacci" from Tuscany, hot flat... More 

Thank Carlo R
Paderborn, Germany
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

I have never been to a better steak house than this! We turned up without a reservation and the chef "Maurizio" managed to get us a table on what was a packed night! First class! Timeless night! They have beef from all over the world at this little restaurant on the mountain side.

Thank Dean W
Cahors, France
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104 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

The food was really good! I got a set menu for 18€ which included panigacci (small flatbread) with meat and cheese and a HUGE steak with 3 kinds of sides (veggies). At the end of the meal they offered sugar cubes soaked in alcohol, which you light on fire for a few seconds and then enjoy! Super cool idea! I... More 

Thank nkl25
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

This is one of the best restaurants we've ever been and every time both food quality and the service is amazing. You need to try the Panigacci as a starter and then one of the T-Bones - made rare and then served on the stone to cook as you prefer. Desserts fantastic as well. Prices fair: around 40-50eur per person... More 

Thank Brygada_RR_1987
Naples, Italy
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214 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

This place is kind of hidden up a mountain, you will find no signs whatsoever so we relied on the navigator. The restaurant is simple but warm and cozy and the staff is nice. What is even better is their food, high quality salumi (cold cuts) and of course the meet, their pride. Special Mention to the Waygu fillet and... More 

Thank Piero P
Rome, Italy
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125 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

We got lost twice trying to find this restaurant, even with the help of a navigator (not to be surprised.) It was quite a trip going blindly up a mountain with no sign or indication where this place is located. We tried our luck and just kept moving on. When we finally arrived and it was already 15:00 we were... More 

Thank Sherrylou09
Varese, Italy
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155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

Located in the mountains, not far from a well-known hotel-restaurant just down the mountain... Rustic simple atmosphere with a fireplace were “panigacci” and steaks are cooked... Their house dish panigacci is a hearth cooked flatbread made at the moment by using unglazed terracotta saucers previously heated over the coals, poured a spoonful of watery dough (flour, salt and water) on... More 

Thank Tualie
Varese, Italy
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226 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Honestly, I expected more after so many positive comments heard about it. All in all it was not bad, but maybe they could do more. The "panigacci", the specialty dish of the place, are excellent, the rest leaves something 'to be desired, especially the desserts. In any case, the location is pleasant. Out of habit, I always offer a second... More 

4 Thank KaITrAvEL
Milan, Italy
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

A very good restaurant with high quality food and service. Don't expect them to be quick to serve you when the restaurant is full because everything is prepared at the moment. Without drinks, you'll probably spend around 20-25€, if you take the Fiorentina steak not less then 40€ each (depending on the type, the most expensive is the Chianina, 90€/kg... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Steakhouse, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
18:30 - 01:00
18:30 - 01:00
18:30 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Giovanni Chini 11, 21039 Valganna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Province of Varese  >  Valganna
  • Phone Number: +39 331 204 4157

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?