Crott del Meo: cheap eats plus a village with a view

View from Bologna

WHERE: high above Lake Como in the hamlet of Bologna di Perledo. The view is stunning, the people friendly (a few elderly residents were happy to point out Bellagio in the middle and other well-known landmarks). If you don’t mind endless hairpin bends and scoff at driving narrow roads, then this could be the place for your own little slice of heaven in Italy. Gazing out from the church square, I can only imagine what it must be like to start the day with a panorama like this. So beautiful it gives me goosebumps. Even after 9 years of hiking around these environs, it still amazes me to no end to be able to find hidden gems around the lake.

Crott del Meo
The “boss” of the crott, which is also depicted in their logo.

It has been months that I’ve been wanting to visit this lofty location. Set under a thick canopy of trees and reminding me a lot of the rustic-style rifugi that we come across on a hike, Crott del Meo showed up as a weak blip on my radar. It seemed as if they would never be able to reopen their doors for summer, and I kept my eye on their website for an update. Featuring simple, local fare, the only menu you’ll get is what’s recited by your waiter. We were given options for pasta and polenta with braised meats or ragu. Average price for a meal, as stated by the site, is a mere 22€ (to include antipasto, meat or fish with polenta and dessert). On the eve that we visited, however, there was no mention of antipasto or dessert.

Maccheroni con ragu
Maccheroni with ragu.

For 37€ we tucked into a plate of pasta, 2 meat/polenta, a 1/2 liter of house red and a bottle of water. It was plenty enough for us so I’m glad I didn’t order a pasta. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available with service being outdoors during summer season. While not open throughout the year, Crott del Meo is an oasis away from the crowded lakeside towns and it’s best to call for reservations. The only downside is that they don’t take credit cards and it might be a little tricky for disabled patrons.

Polenta taragna with stinco di maiale
Polenta taragna (buckwheat) with a falling-off-the-bone pork shank.

Polenta taragna with cervo
Polenta taragna with tender morsels of braised cervo (deer).

Crott del Meo
via per Campora, Bologna di Perledo (Lecco)
Web: http://www.crottdelmeo.it

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