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The history of Crotto dei Platani

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The historical restaurant Crotto dei Platani, founded in 1855, owes its name to the traditional cellar dug into the rock, called “crotto”, characterized by the Sorèl, a current of cold air that mysteriously comes from the bowels of the mountains and that maintains a constant temperature of about 8 ° C both in winter and summer, making it an ideal environment for the maturation of wine and for aging meats and cheeses.

The Thirties

In the 1930s, this restaurant, halfway between Brienno and Argegno, at the foot of Monte Gringo, was the small headquarters of the most elusive smugglers in the area, who mixed with lumberjacks and local people to escape control.

The Cavadini family

In 1977 Fernando and Renata Cavadini take over the property and begin a process of transformation and growth of the restaurant, making it a reference point for lovers of good food.


For twenty years his son Francesco has been carrying on this tradition with increasing success, welcoming a varied and international clientele that chooses Crotto dei Platani restaurant for its fabulous position on the lake shore, for its welcoming and elegant atmosphere, for its creative cuisine inspired by local tradition and for its first-rate service.

The new project

In May 2019 the Crotto dei Platani reopens after the renovation, designed by the famous architecture firm Venelli Kramer, which expands and completely renovates the rooms on the lake shore to offer guests a modern and fascinating location and a kitchen area that meets the highest quality standards in the industry.

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