This summer, the irrefutably chic Il Sereno hotel situated upon Italy’s magnificent Lake Como invites guests to be the first to experience Michelin star dining at Ristorante Berton al Lago – which has been awarded its first Michelin star within just one year of opening.

At the helm of Berton al Lago is celebrated Milan-based restaurateur and chef Andrea Berton. With more than 27 years of industry experience, Chef Berton has proven his worth within the Milan restaurant scene having earned four Michelin Stars across three different restaurants.

At Berton al Lago, Executive Chef Raffaele Lenzi brings his vision to life, responsible for the daily culinary operations. Together Berton and Lenzi deliver “Italian dishes that are enhanced with a modern twist” which can be seen in simple yet imaginative takes on classic dishes, such as the Saffron Risotto made with Genovese ragout and mushroom powder.

Paying tribute to the rich and diverse area of Northern Italy, only the finest seasonal ingredients are used – which are all sourced locally. Fresh fish and aromatic herbs are drawn directly from Lake Como and its surrounding vegetation, whilst incredible wines, cheese and meats are obtained from the neighbouring mountains of Valtellina. Risotto rice and an array of other delicious ingredients are also gathered from the neighbouring region of Pianura Padana. Who’s already drooling?

Interiors have been created by renowned architect and designer Patricia Urquiola – think sleek and contemporary, with accents throughout to pay homage to its unique setting such as the restaurant’s tables, made from same local stones used in the façade of the hotel.

Truly offering a feast for all the senses, Ristorante Berton al Lago has a beautiful, spacious, outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Como perfect for balmy Italian evenings, as well as an indoor area directly above the lake in the centuries old boat house.

What’s more, guests to the restaurant can even travel to the restaurant in style – hop on one of Il Sereno’s handcrafted Riva boats, transporting you across the glittering Lake Como to its doors.

Lake Como’s dramatic backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty and a Michelin-star tasting menu; what more could you wish for from this exquisite Italian getaway?

Make it happen
Suite rates at Il Sereno start from €800. To make a reservation, visit www.serenohotels.com or call +39 031 5477800.

Words by Sophie Ritchie