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Italian Indulgence: Tasting Menu at Il Lago at The Four Seasons Geneva

The start of our meal at Il Lago: three amuse bouches and the first course. From top left: olive macarons with ricotta filling, scallop with lobster reduction, scampi with white beans in onion consomme and fishcakes with romescu sauce.

The start of our meal at Il Lago: three amuse bouches and the first course. From top left: olive macarons with ricotta filling, scallop with lobster reduction, scampi with white beans in onion consomme and fishcakes with romescu sauce.

A delicious six-course Italian tasting menu overlooking Lake Geneva? Yes please! Not only did we have an unforgettable stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues Geneva, but we also had an unforgettable meal at Il Lago, the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant. Switzerland borders Italy, and 6.5% of Switzerland speaks Italian (typically Swiss Italian) as their primary language. So the Swiss definitely know Italian cuisine. And Il Lago presented us with course after course of flavorful but light Italian dishes. Even the lobster risotto, which may have been my favorite course, was light despite having the richness you’d associate with lobster.

Cheers! Toasting an amazing trip. The tasting menu at Il Lago was an amazing last supper of our trip. That's Lake Geneva in the background.

Cheers! Toasting an amazing trip. The tasting menu at Il Lago was an amazing last supper of our trip. That’s Lake Geneva in the background.

The service was impeccable at Il Lago, as as the setting. It was lovely to dine alfresco with the lake as the backdrop. This was the last supper of our 10-day trip in Switzerland and France, and it was the perfect finale to a fabulous trip. This leisurely dinner was also the perfect end to our packed day of sightseeing in Geneva. We only had a one full day to see the city and, well, we sure saw it.  Now Il Lago wasn’t 100% a romantic meal, as did have our toddler with us. But they served him a burger and fries and we handed him an iPhone with several episodes of Curious George to watch when he grew bored of the crayons. He sat longer than he has ever at any restaurant; he may also have been exhausted from such a long day of sightseeing.

The final four courses of our Il Lago tasting menu at the Four Seasons Geneva. From top left: lobster risotto, cheese tortelli, sea bass and roasted pineapple with ice cream and crumble.

The final four courses of our Il Lago tasting menu at the Four Seasons Geneva. From top left: lobster risotto, cheese tortelli, sea bass and roasted pineapple with ice cream and crumble.

We were also treated to some incredible wines. You can see photos of the labels below, although sadly I didn’t get a photo of the rose champagne’s label that we had before the meal.. Here is one of my major travel/wine tips. If you’re at a restaurant and you like the wine you’re drinking, take a photo of the label. It’s much easier than trying to write down or remember all of the complicated information of vintage, vineyard, grape, etc. I find taking photos the easiest way to remember something – not just wine! My iPhone camera is a great note-taking too.

Here are some of the wines that accompanied the tasting menu at Il Lago.

Here are some of the wines that accompanied the tasting menu at Il Lago.

And now, without further ado, the fabulous tasting menu that we enjoyed on July 12, 2013, at Il Lago.

The Tasting Menu — 130 CHF

Scampi con fagiolini bianchi e consommé di cipolla
Scampi with white Beans and onion consommé

Tortelli di formaggio, limone e menta
Cheese tortelli Scented With Lemon and Mint

Risotto all’astice
Lobster risotto

Branzino di lenza alla plancia con carciofi violetti e emulsion al limone
Wild sea bass, roasted artichokes and lemon emulsion
or
Capretto laccato al banyuls, fagiolini verdi e mela verde
Roasted goat kid with banyuls, string beans, pressed celeriac and green apples
(We both opted for the sea bass.)

Ananas arrosto e crumble al sapore esotico
Roasted pineapple with exotic flavors and crumble

 

Wondering how a toddler lasted through a tasting menu at Il Lago at The Four Seasons Geneva? With a hamburger, fries, lots of ketchup and multiple episodes of Curious George downloaded on my husband's iPhone.

Wondering how a toddler lasted through a tasting menu at Il Lago at The Four Seasons Geneva? With a hamburger, fries, lots of ketchup, crayons and multiple episodes of Curious George downloaded on my husband’s iPhone.

Wondering what it’s like to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues Geneva? Read all about our fantastic stay!

Comped but Never Compromised: I received a complimentary meal at Il Lago but I am free to write whatever I want.

12 Responses to Italian Indulgence: Tasting Menu at Il Lago at The Four Seasons Geneva

  1. wanderingeducators
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    September 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    what fun! and deliciousness – i’d have loved to join you!
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  2. Marina K. Villatoro September 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Wow, is this considered Geneva traditional food? I love tasting the local fare of each place.

    And it’s super most important of all that the kids are happy with food! If they are not happy, us mommies aren’t either :)

    • Liz Borod Wright
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      September 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      No, I think fondue and raclette are more traditional and typical Genevoise food, and we did manage to sample that too. This was Italian, in a nod to Switzerland’s Italian heritage.

  3. Shelly Rivoli September 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Curious George on the phone – maybe I will get to sit through some lengthier meals at restaurants in the near future! Thanks for sharing your vicarious feast.
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    • Liz Borod Wright
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      September 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      We owe a lot to that curious little monkey!

  4. Heidi Wagoner September 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Okay, this look yummy! What a fun adventure.
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  5. Elena September 16, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    The tasting menu looks delicious. And yes- great tip on taking a picture of the wine label. We have followed up with several bottles we have loved while traveling and gotten our total Wine store to order it if they didn’t already carry it.
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  6. Abby
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    October 7, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    YUM! I love that photo of you, too!
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  7. Olielo September 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Ah Il Lago… I had a dinner last autumn there. It was wonderful. I love the setting and the food was incredible. I have good memories of the chocolate sorbet and the carpacio with truffles that I had there, outstanding!

  8. Christian October 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Hi Liz!
    Thanks for this report! I’m thinking about bringing my girlfriend there for her birthday.
    One question: the portions that you photographed, is that for each person? And at 130CHF per person? (Put another way; for 260CHF, we’d get twice the amount?)
    Thanks!
    Christian

    • Liz Borod Wright
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      October 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

      Yes, these were only my portions. So you’d get twice that for two people. It was definitely enough for us!

      • Christian October 28, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

        Oh great!! thanks so much for the quick response! Will call them now for a reservation :-)

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