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.
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.
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.
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
Branzino di lenza alla plancia con carciofi violetti e emulsion al limone
Wild sea bass, roasted artichokes and lemon emulsion
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 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.