Tuesday, July 31, 2012
4:23 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
The classic Italian breakfast. A perfect cappuccino. And a fresh brioche.
"Do you know if there are places in Stresa where I can have breakfast? I am considering to book a hotel without breakfast. I couldn't find any address of a cafeteria there."
"We're staying in a place w/o breakfast - can you suggest some great places for breakfast?"
There is no cafeteria-style restaurant in Stresa. There is no Starbucks, and no McDonalds. The restaurants around the piazza and along the lake, although open early in the morning, for the most part do not serve a 'breakfast', if your idea of breakfast is ham and eggs, pancakes, or cereals. They do, however, all offer the traditional Italian breakfast, colazione, of a cappuccino and a brioche. And of course you should have that. But, what can you do if you are used to, or want, or need, a bit more in the morning? Here are five ways to get your morning meal in Stresa: ( continued .... )
1. Hotels: Many of the hotels in Stresa offer breakfast included in their room rates. In others, breakfast may be an extra charge. When choosing your accommodation consider the type of breakfast you want and if it is offered in your hotel. Many of the larger hotels along the lake not only have a breakfast menu, they have a full breakfast buffet, every day. These tend to offer a very nice selection of all sorts of breakfast foods. If you are not staying in one of these hotels, the good news is that the breakfasts are open to anyone for a price. La Palma, for example, has a beautiful buffet priced at 12.50 euro for all you can eat. Most of the other hotels buffets are around the same price.
La Palma's buffet is in the center of the dining room... eat indoors or outside, as you wish.
Even if you're not staying here, you can have breakfast as if you are ... on the terrace at the Grand Hotel des iles Borromees.2. Cafe and Bar Verbanella: We recently discovered that Cafe Verbanella, on the lake, which is quickly becoming another of my favorite spots, has an English breakfast on their menu, priced at 13 euro as of this writing. It includes bacon and eggs, or an omelette instead, juice, coffee or tea or other hot drink, and toast with butter or jam. And they have a wonderful terrace overlooking the lake.
In between the bourbons and the beer, Cafe Verbanella lists English Breakfast on their menu. Served from 8 to 12.
Breakfast view from Cafe Verbanella. The grilled cheese is called simply 'toast' on many menus, and could make for another good breakfast option.
3. B&Bs: If you are staying in a B&B, then obviously it will be providing guests with some breakfast This can vary greatly, dpending on the B&B, its size, and its owners. So ask, when planning to stay in one, what you can expect.
4. Self-Catering Apartments: If you prefer to have the space and conveniences of your own apartment, be certain when booking if it has the facilities and equipment you will need to prepare the breakfasts and other foods you want. Does it have a coffee maker? A microwave? Consider your needs when looking and booking. Then, visit the Carrefour supermarket in the center of Stresa and stock up. In this way you can have the breakfasts you want. Several of the major cereal brands are available at Carrefour, as well as a great variety of yogurts, juices, and fruits. Another fun idea would be to do some food shopping at the Friday market, and enjoy your goods for the next few days.
Breakfast almost as usual, when you pick up cereal, milk, and fruit from the supermarket.
Breakfast, Jolly Bar style. Jolly Bar goes a step further than just brioche for breakfast. Are those actually pink-glazed donuts over on the bottom left? They are indeed...
By the way, the hotels will offer you coffee (American style) or Italian cappuccinos, lattes, and etc. So, if you are one of those that, although loving all the cappuccinos, still needs a 'regular' cup of coffee to get started in the mornings, this could be good to know.
I want to disclose here, as I do from time to time, that I write about only what I want to and what I experience in Stresa. I am not compensated by anyone for anything. If I have not written about a particular thing, perhaps it is because I do not know of it yet. This is another reason that I love, and need, your input too!
Signs may say colazione, breakfast, but it may mean just that they are open in the morning, not that they have a breakfast menu.
prices quoted are as of this writing.
photographs are all property of stresa sights.
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