Desenzano – Osteria La Contrada

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Desenzano - Old Port
Old Port – Photo © DonnyJ

Recommended: Restaurant

Via Bagatta 12
Tel. 030 9142514
Closed Wednesday and Thursday lunch
Open: lunch and dinner
Holidays: variable
Seating: 40 + 12 outdoors
Prices: 30 euro, wine excluded
All credit cards, Bancomat

Via Bagatta is a quiet little street which leads from the porticos to the upper part of Desenzano and is home to this tastefully decorated restaurant with just a few tables, owned by Marta Zancarli. She is committed to promoting the local area and its produce, and her menu revolves around specialties from the lake.

The antipasti, for example, include fish like pike in salsa and marinated trout and char terrine. There are also cured meats from local artisanal producers. On our visit we then sampled the lakefish-filled ravioli al pescato di lago and garganelli with trout ragu; as well as some tasty bigoli made with a press the traditional way, then tossed in salami pesto, and the excellent tagliolini with Valle Sabbia Bagoss (a Slow Food Presidium).

The main courses included a light mixed fry of lake fish and river prawns with zucchini tempura. Highly recommended are the pike alla pescatora and the roast whitefish. For those who prefer meat, there’s roast quail, in season stuffed with porcini, or rack of lamb with aromatic herbs. A good Italian cheese board and a millefeuille with fresh fruit or chocolate cake provide the perfect finish.

The meal is accompanied with good Wines from the area or various regions of Italy

Courtesy in part of  Osterie e locande d’Italia Slow food editore

To see in Desenzano…

Just around the corner in Via Castello, Cavallaio sells fresh fish from the lake, plus wonderful sardines perfect for grilling.