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Antica Osteria Il Malatesta

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via Pescatori 8, Muralto, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
+41 91 730 15 24
18:30 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 14:00
Thu - Mon 18:30 - 00:00
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Dinner at Osteria Antica was special. It was a cold night and we were seated near the wood burning fireplace in a small room with only two tables. The server was most helpful in describing the menu choices which were all in Italian and German. We shared antipasto of air drie beef with herb panna cotta - memorable. My lamb... More 

Thank illini572016
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Nice small restaurant near Locarno. Went there for dinner and the set menus were really nice and not too expensive for Switzerland!! The quality of the food was excellent and the service very good as well. Nice little terrace with view on the lake.

Thank Laurent B
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at Malatesta on a Saturday evening. We were expecting high prices, and excellent food, as well as excellent service. However, as soon as we sat down there were a bunch of ants wondering around the wall next to our table. As soon as we let the waiters know, they just moved our table (about 10cm) from the... More 

1 Thank Brendi H
Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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136 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

We've done all of the so-called greats in the area. Il Malatesta is a gem. We know. We live here. Yeah, sure, it's on the train tracks. But, don't judge a book by its cover. The interior is cozy and welcoming - especially by the fireplace. In the summer - ask for a table on the homey terrace. The food... More 

1 Thank Louise H
Bex, Switzerland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

Malatesta is a beautiful, warm and cosy restaurant. We ate by the fireplace, service was great, the chef came to introduce himself at the end of the meal. Food was delicious from start to finish, fine, tasty, original. We will definitely go back to this restaurant should we come back in the region

Thank Luciiie_lu
Bakersfield, California
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

My wife and I returned to spend 2 weeks in Locarno at the beginning of Nov. We ate 3 times at this restaurant during that time. Each time the food and service was excellent. We ate different dishes each time and were happy with them all. Fall is wild game month in the region but we didn't try the venison... More 

1 Thank Jeffrey F
Porthmadog, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

We came to this restaurant after a very long and rainy day. We were tired and hungry and needed to sit down, warm up and be fed. We wandered into the restaurant and were greeted warmly and shown quickly to a table despite having no reservations. The prices are completely reasonable for Switzerland (as we learned over the few days... More 

Thank Jess M
Fribourg, Switzerland
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107 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

Definitely the best restaurant in Locarno. Relatively modest menu card (which is a usually good sign). All dishes we had were very tasty and nicely presented. Nice outside seating place, although you may wish to put on a mosquiito repellent on some summer days...

2 Thank tunewitsch
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

I always enjoy dinner in this osteria. The menu offers something for everybody, from the traditional rabbit with polenta to more audacious combinations. My daughter especially loved the risotto with blueberries.

Thank mfg25
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

I absolutely loved "Il Malatesta." From the moment I stepped in to the moment I left. The food was absolutely delicious and the service amazing. I can't recommend thus restaurant more.

Thank norcalheidi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: via Pescatori 8, Muralto, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Swiss Alps  >  Canton of Ticino  >  Lake Maggiore  >  Locarno  >  Muralto
  • Phone Number: +41 91 730 15 24

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?