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“Passion that is evident!”

Ristorante Al Portone di Francis Carre
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Ranked #38 of 441 Restaurants in Lugano
Price range: US$50 - US$120
Cuisines: Deli, French, International
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Chef Francis offers fine dining in the legendary restaurant with the historic entrance gates. A quiet space where you can have lunch and well furnished with colleagues, friends or dine by candlelight. Come and discover the different tastes proposed and accompanied by fine wines selected by our sommelier. At the gates is the ideal destination to make a break in life, to spend a moment out of time to get pampered palate.
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

Meant to celebrate a reunion of dear friends, our time at Ristorante al Portone became an unforgettable evening of exquisite yet accessible gastronomy. Madame Carré greeted us warmly and patiently. She also suggested a delicious local white wine to enjoy alongside our creative and perfectly prepared meals. Offered an amusé of beetroot sorbet with unexpected accents, we enjoyed the gracious indulgence. A basket of varied and complex breads was shared with a tapenade and oil. Agnolotti and Pappardelle dishes featured tender handmade pasta and delightfully balanced sauces with enough salt and acids to make me wish for more. A simple chicken became a masterpiece in Chef’s hands. The lamb was done to perfection and served appropriately with Chef’s own rosti.
It is rare to have sweetbreads so expertly and ethereally prepared- the best I have ever experienced. Tender, not even a suggestion of bitterness or of resistance. For dessert, mousse au chocolate was light and airy- made with no butter or cream! Mango and wasabi sorbet was delicious, and again, an unexpected combination of asparagus and mascarpone sorbet was joyful. Chef came from the kitchen after preparing our meal a la minute and looked as if it was hardly an effort. He shared with us his experiences cooking around the world and it was so nice to see Chef and his wife interact. Clearly a lovely and supportive couple whose passion is graciously shared with diners. We will return.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone di Francis Carre, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2018

Dear Kim D.
Thank you so much for this beautiful and clear comment. It was a real pleasure to share with you and your friends our passion for gastronomy and wine.
Hope to see you during your next trip in Lugano.
Best regards
Patricia & Francis Carré

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Reviewed June 9, 2018

We had the most lovely dinner tonight. The food was absolutely amazing and they could not have been more wonderful and kind hosts. We had the asparagus ravioli and the confit rabbit ravioli and salmon trout and chicken with truffle for mains which were all delicious. The several types of home made bread were also incredible. We would definitely recommend a walk to this lovely restaurant. Don't miss it!

Date of visit: September 2017
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Francis C, Proprietario at Ristorante Al Portone di Francis Carre, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2018

Dear DL345,
Thank you so much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to share with you our passion for enogastronomy. You're right, in our restaurant all is home made and minute made, no secret just passion.
Hope to see you when you will be back in Lugano.
Best regards.
Patricia and Francis Carré

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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

We had an absolutely beautiful meal here when we visited. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves and the service was the best we've ever experienced. The food was wonderfully presented and tasted absolutely incredible. The wines were all perfectly paired with the food we had ordered and were so lovely. We'd love to return in the not too distant future. An amazing experience from start to finish!

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Sara K
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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone di Francis Carre, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2017

Dear Sara K.
Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to share with you our passion for wine and gastronomy. Hope to see you during your next stay in Lugano.
Best regards
Patricia & Francis Carré

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Reviewed July 21, 2017

This is a wonderful fine dining establishment in Lugano. It serves contemporary French cuisine with additional influences from around the world in a warm, relaxed but classy atmosphere. We were made to feel extremely welcome by Patricia and her husband the chef Francis. Patricia helped us select delicious while wine for dinner and suggested a beautiful dessert wine which we all loved. We had a party of three and one of us got the tasting menu which was absolutely superb but quite a lot of food and we ended up sharing while the other two of us ordered ala carte (which they allow). While everything from the tasting menu was good, I especially enjoyed the truffle foie gras (foie gras rolled into balls to resemble chocolate truffles) and the black truffle (not chocolate) hand rolled pastas. I enjoyed my lobster pasta and caesar salad immensely. We would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys fine cuisine and service at a very reasonable price.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone di Francis Carre, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2017

Dear Laurensinlalaland,
Thank you very much for this beautiful comment. It was a real pleasure to meet you and share our passion for gastronomy.
Hope to see you on your next trip in Switzerland.
Best regards
Patricia and Francis Carré

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Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

It has been more than 2 weeks since my family and I had dinner there and yet we still talk about it.
That is how deeply impressed we are about Al Portone.
The experience actually feels like a visit to the home of a Michelin star Chef rather than a visit to a restaurant.
I have travelled and eaten quite extensively. From At.mosphere at Burj Khalifa to the street food at Banglamphu in Bangkok...
Sometimes you can really taste the sincerity and honesty in the dishes and that is what we had at Al Portone.
Thank you Francis and Patricia for a wonderful dining experience.

From the Singaporean family...

Date of visit: May 2017
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Francis C, Propriétaire at Ristorante Al Portone di Francis Carre, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2017

Dear SYZSoh
Thank so much for this beautiful comment, it was a real pleasure meeting you and share with you this lovely evening. Hope to see you soon.
Best regards
Patricia and Francis Carré

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