In a country famous for its mouth-watering food, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni—Bellagio’s only five-star hotel—crafts a unique culinary experience. By Rashima Nagpal

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is set on a promontory extending into Lake Como.

The best of ingredients, innovative cooking techniques, award-winning service, and everlasting love for tradition make the feasts at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni — unmatchable Italian experiences. Add to this, the hotel’s charming location in the breathtaking village of Bellagio overlooking Lake Como, and you have yourself a dream vacation.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Michelin-starred Chef Ettore Bocchia with local fishermen.

Though the hotel closed its doors owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now gearing up to get back on its feet and continue preserving the nation’s extraordinary heritage. Come July 4, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni will reopen, and the restaurants and bars will once again whip up state-of-the-art dishes and drinks. On the menu will be dishes that complement the European summer, conceptualised by Michelin-starred Chef Ettore Bocchia and his team. Expect some of the best local produce—exclusive burrata from a local dairy, fresh fish from the lake, tomatoes from the volcanic region of Mount Vesuvius, pesto prepared with basil from Liguria, a selection of cheeses from Lombardy, the finest of prosciutto, and more.

Wine enthusiasts can look forward to the hotel’s spectacular wine cellar that features over 400 labels. But no meal at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is complete without its decadent desserts, courtesy of pastry chef Manuel Ferrari, who is a huge fan of Domori chocolate and pistachios from Bronte.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Pastry chef Manuel Ferrari is a dessert wizard.

The legacy of the hotel goes back 150 years—it has played host to big names such as Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J F Kennedy, Mary Pickford, Clark Gable, and Al Pacino. This prestigious past, along with the generosity of the Bucher family (owners of the hotel since 1918) and the expertise of Carlo Pierato, restaurant manager and first maître d’hotel, makes Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni the finest name in Italian hospitality.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni serves fresh pasta made by in-house chefs.