Une très belle soirée at Elite Food Festival


Malgrate – You’d probably never associate high-class with the typically casual atmosphere of street food, but here we go again with another shindig at a location near moi. Malgrate sits directly across the lake from Lecco’s popular waterfront location and is one of many small towns that no one ever hears about after Varenna, Como, and Bellagio. That may change soon enough with the recent construction of an elegant promenade along the shore, and the publicity generated from hosting Elite Food Festival this past weekend was a great idea.

We discovered new vendors while eating our way down the street on Friday night and went back again on Sunday to pick up where we left off. I know. It’s spiraling out of control.

1. Moto Grill Guzzi

Moto Grill Guzzi

They’re on all the top food truck lists thanks to their perfectly grilled bombette (pork rollups), but their chicken wings (4 for 6€) are also good, dripping with delicious grilled flavor.

Moto Grill Guzzi chicken wings

2. AbraCalabria

AbraCalabria kitchen crew AbraCalabria

With a catchy name like AbraCalabria, there’s no resisting their specialty burgers made with suino nero, a black domestic pig from Calabria. A paradise for pork lovers and fans of spicy heat, the burger menu has something for everyone. Socera (mother-in-law) shown below, is for serious folks only: habanero cream and fresh chile peppers crank up the heat on a pork patty with pecorino and caramelized Tropea onions. Mouth. On. Fire. More porky goodness on Sunday when we tried the AbraCalabria and Silano.

AbraCalabria's  'A Socera

3. Master Sciatt

Master Sciatt

Sciatt (pronounced sheeAHT) are tasty bite-size fritters made with cubed cheese dipped in a buckwheat flour batter. It’s a typical dish from Valtellina in northern Lombardy.

Master Sciatt's sciatt

4. Giamilla Bakery, 5. Dulcibus, 6. Austrian Taste

Giamilla Bakery’s veggie bagel was a welcome change from meat overload. Dulcibus’ yummy gelato (Concord grape and mascarpone with walnuts & figs) ended things on a sweet note.

Giamilla Bakery veggie bagel Dulcibus gelato

And for some traditional Austrian cuisine, spinach spaetzle with pancetta, a warm brezel, and kaiserschmarrn from Austrian Taste food truck was Sunday’s international lunch.

Austrian Taste food truck Austrian Taste spinach spaetzle

So what was so elite about it? Well apart from the oysters on ice (4 for 10€, but we passed), champagne, and impossibly gorgeous views of the water, Friday night’s entertainment made the evening special with italian group, Belle Histoire. Playing french and italian tunes from the 50’s and 60’s, I felt as if we were sitting under the stars in the Côte d’Azur. Une très belle soirée indeed.


12 thoughts on “Une très belle soirée at Elite Food Festival

      1. Rowena Post author

        I get a kick everytime I see american-style burgers, cupcakes, cheesecake, brownies and cookies on the menu of a restaurant or food truck. Granted, these places will be found in the big cities (we’re not far from Milan) but western stateside influence is growing. American-style barbecue is really popular with the grilling crowd, and whenever we’re invited over for dinner, I’m always requested to bring cheesecake because I am the American!

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      2. Rowena Post author

        Tell me about it! We still need a really good Mexican food truck and also a Thai truck where the food is really spicy and not adapted to cater to local palates. Drives me nuts when I order spicy and it barely singes my tongue.

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  1. In love with Italy

    We must have been in Malgrate before they had given it a facelift. This event sounded like a lot of fun and I do hope you post future visits to this lovely area. 🙂


  2. Lisa

    Yum, the food looks fantastic!!!! It is so cool that you guys have such nice food carts there!!!!! Have a great upcoming weekend sweetie! Hugz Lisa and Bear



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