Child Friendly Restaurants – Ticino (CH)

Though the Italian part of Switzerland is really child friendly in nature, finding a place where you can entertain the kids before and after lunch or dinner is not always easy. We pulled a few suggestions together, kindly suggested by readers of our facebook page family Discovers – ticino edition (click to sign up and never miss a tip!). All suggestions are quoted. Tips not quoted are visited by myself.

**UPDATE** October 5th 2015: Two new additions:  Restaurant & Lounge Blu in Locarno, Ticino. I have been there myself and it’s wonderfully located at the Lago Maggiore and has a playroom for kids (with nanny!) and a trendy look, feel and taste. Il Castello di Brenta in Brenta (VA) Italy. I have not been there, but they seem to have an indoor and outdoor play area and a room where kids can play Wii. Have you been there? Send us your review!

Should you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments! And should you have pictures to share please send to familydiscovers@gmail.com.

Name: Grotto del Pep
Address: Via Arbostora 18, Carabbia
Contact and more info: +41 (0)91 994 43 36, www.grottodelpep.ch/il_grotto.html
Indoor/outdoor play: “They have two swings and a slide outside. Not much, but my kids were entertained enough to let us eat in peace”.
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: NOT SURE
Costs meals: “Typical grotto food at regular prices”.
Kids Meals: “If I recall well, no specific kids menu, but for us they prepared half portions of tortellini.”
Additional info: “Lovely place for spring and warm summer days. Tables outside from where you can easily keep an eye on kids running around”.

Name: Ristorante Vecchia Osteria
Address: via Campora 11, 6832 Seseglio
Contact and more info: +41 (0) 91 682 72 72, http://www.vecchiaosteria.ch/
Indoor/outdoor play: Outdoor play area with swing, slide, etc
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: NO
Costs Meals: “This is a gourmet restaurant probably suitable for special occasions. I believe average costs are 50-60 CHF / person without wine.”
Kids Meals: “for the kids they do everything in mini portions or the classics.”
Additional info: “I think in the Ticino panorama, this is one of the few elegant restaurant that is equipped with an outside plaground so it helps when you feel like something special (not the usual pizzeria or grotto) but I would go only for lunch an on a sunny day”.

Name: Ristorante Stazione Tesserete
Address: Via Pietro Fontana, 6950 Tesserete
Contact and more info: +41 91 943 15 02, www.besomi-stazione.ch/
Indoor/outdoor play: Outdoor play area grass lawn next to the restaurant with high climbing construction with small climbing wall and long slide, rocking horses.
High chairs yes/no: ?
Changing tables yes/no: NO
Costs Meals: Antipasti and primi piatti around 19 CHF, fish and meat dishes from 28 to 42 CHF, desserts from 10 to 12 CHF.
Kids Meals: ?
Additional info: Only from the side of the terrace you can see the playground as it’s situated on the left of restaurant.

Name: Ristorante Grotto Serta
Address: Via Serta 6, 6814 Lamone
Contact and more info: +41 91 945 02 35, http://www.serta.ch
Indoor/outdoor play: “There is a playground just below the grotto with merry-go-round, swings (including baby swing) and climbing frames. Also a slide up on the terrace”.
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: NO
Costs meals: “Extensive menu but food is a bit more expensive than typical grotto. Eg. pastas 20-25chf and grilled meat/fish can be upwards of 40-70chf. Can get half portions of some meals. Also gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, plus a small kids menu”.
Kids Meals: Three specific meals – tomato gnocchi, a veal scalloping, and one other I can’t remember.
Additional info: “Very welcoming of us with a 12 month old. It was raining so we were inside, but there is a great terrace outside where the kids could run around and there is some playground things to play with”.

Name: Agriturismo al Cairello
Address: Strada Cantonale, 6928 Manno (you can see the place from the main road, so super easy to find)
Contact and more info: +41 079 685 12 83, http://www.agriturismo.ch/agriturismo/agriturismo_al_cairello/
Indoor/outdoor play: “has outdoor play and plenty of animals.”
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: NO
Costs meals: “If I am not wrong the adult menu ( entrante, salat, risotto, meat, vegetables, dessert ) + coffe and drinks costed around 60 chf each.”
Kids Meals: “Half portions of the regular menu (polenta + different type of meat, pasta, etc.)”
Additional info:“It is a grotto, so there’s not a big selection of food, but quality is good, also price and the meat is really good. My daughter loved the risotto, the meat and the dessert”.

Name: Alpe Vicania
Address: 6921 Vico Morcote (Just drive to Vico Morcote and you will see signing along the road to the restaurant)
Contact and more info: +41 (0)91 980 24 14, http://www.ristorantevicania.ch/
Indoor/outdoor play: “Out door play (no real playground but big lawn), horses and ponies (you can also ride them)”, “We sit outdoors and the kids are free to play around on the grass, there is also a grass area to play soccer.”
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: YES
Costs meals: “Bit pricy compared to others”. “if you order first and second course, you spend from 50-60 chf”.
Kids Meals: “Half portions of the regular menu (polenta + different type of meat, pasta, etc.)”. “kids risotto is 15 chf i think”.
Additional info: “This place is quite popular on Sunday for lunch (full of families with kids) and I would recommend it for small or big family & friends lunch in the good season. Food is good with dishes of the Ticino tradition and some innovative variations but a bit pricy compared to others”. “staff is super baby friendly, there is always tons of kids around so even if your kid cries and make lots of noise, no one even looks since most are parents anyways”.

Name: Ristorante La Sosta
Address: Piazza Noseed, 6914 Carona
Contact and more info: +41 91 649 70 55, http://www.villacarona.ch/it/Ristorante
Indoor/outdoor play: “A swing and a playhouse and if I remember well a ping-pong table outside”.
High chairs yes/no: ?
Changing tables yes/no: ?
Costs meals: “Very nice food, but not cheap”.
Kids Meals: ?
Additional info:

Name: La Palma
Address: Piazza Borromini, 6816 Bissone
Contact and more info: +41(0)91 649 84 06, http://www.palmabissone.ch
Indoor/outdoor play: “They do not have their own playground, but just around the corner of the house, there is a small communal playground outside”.
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: ?
Costs meals: “Not the cheapest place”.
Kids Meals: “don’t remember, but they are flexible and can do pasta or half portions for kids”.
Additional info: “Restaurant is on the lake. Waiters very friendly with kids.”.

Name: Ristorante Piccolo Vigneto
Address: Via al Roccolo 19, 6962 Viganello (on Monte Bre though!)
Contact and more info: +41 (0)91 972 39 85, piccolovigneto.ch
Indoor/outdoor play: Outdoor Play with two slides, a climbing construction and two little play houses all set on a small meadow and with a gorgous view on Lugano and the lake. Color pencils and paper provided at the table.
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: ?
Costs meals: Around 35 -40 for a main course
Kids Meals: They will tailor for your child: pasta with tomato sauce or pesto, small portion of a normal dish.
Additional info: Amazing quality food, but not cheap…

Name: Ristorante Pizzeria Serrafiorita
Address: Pian scairolo 4, 6915 Lugano
Contact and more info: +41 (0)91 994 52 08,
Indoor/outdoor play: “They have a pond with turtles inside the restaurant, so kids can be entertained a bit with that”.
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: ?
Costs meals: ?
Kids Meals: “Kids menu available”
Additional info:

Name: Milano Burger Bar
Address: Corso Elvezia 4, Lugano
Contact and more info: +41 (0)91 921 29 24, www.milanoburgerbar.ch
Indoor/outdoor play: Indoor Play area with several toys and a big screen for showing Disney movies
High chairs yes/no: Yes
Changing tables yes/no: Yes, Some wipes and diapers available for free
Costs meals: Around 22 CHF for a burger with side dish and drink
Kids Meals: yes, chicken nuggets meal or a small burger meal
Additional info: good quality meat. Every Saturday around lunch time free animation team to entertain the kids.

Name: Ristoro ai Gelsi
Address: 6993 Iseo (Drive to Nucleo Iseo, once driving in to town center take first road right up, it’s almost a U-turn)
Contact and more info: +41 (0)79 760 94 12, http://www.agriturismo.ch/agriturismo/ristoro_ai_gelsi/
Indoor/outdoor play: Sandpit and driving toys (Bobbie cars, tricycles) available.
High chairs yes/no: NO
Changing tables yes/no: NO
Costs meals: ?
Kids Meals: Nothing specific, but they have old cut plates and sausages, which always made for an easy kids meal for our son.
Additional info: It’s very rustic, not a real restaurant. They sell some local (organic) products to bring home and snack/lunch type of food toe at there (Soup, Sausages, Cheese). If you don’t mind pushing a stroller up a hill you can definitely take a nice walk around the area with a small child.

Name: Old Wild West
Address: Via Penate 7, 6850 Mendrisio
Contact and more info: +41 (0)91 646 90 01, http://www.oldwildwest.ch
Indoor/outdoor play: “It doesn’t have any play areas but because it’s Wild West themed the decor is fun with bar seats like saddles and carriage style booths. Also with the kids menu they get coloured pencils and a menu they can colour in and some sort of small toy”.
High chairs yes/no: ?
Changing tables yes/no: ?
Costs meals: “Average costs 19 CHF”.
Kids Meals: “There’s a kids menu (about 10 CHF I think) and kids eat free on a Weds afternoon (as long as the adults spend about 19 CHF each (average cost of a main course anyway)”.
Additional info:

Name: Al Borgo
Address: Via Borghese 2, 6600 Locarno
Contact and more info: +41 (0)91 751 74 21
Indoor/outdoor play: Indoor, cupboard with some toys and board games. Toys can be taken outside on the terrace where kids can sit at a kids table or play with the many pebbles.
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: YES
Costs meals: No meals, just drinks. Amazing pinsa romana pizzas can be bought around the corner at L’Archetto and brought to Al Borgo to be eaten. L’Archetto can be found in Via Marcacci 11.
Kids Meals: The pizzas from next door make for a great kids treat. They are fresh made and perfect kids size.
Additional info: Amazingly beautiful place the way you seldom find it in Ticino!

Name: Restaurant & Lounge Blu
Address: Via Respini 9, 6600 Locarno
Contact and more info: +41 (0)91 759 00 90, http://blu-locarno.ch/
Indoor/outdoor play: Indoor playroom WITH babysitter.
High chairs yes/no: YES
Changing tables yes/no: ?
Costs meals: Average.
Kids Meals: They have a  specific kids menu.
Additional info: Restaurant is on the lake. Large terrace. Good food, large variety. Friendly staff. Situated in the large building which is also housing Spa and Lido.

Name: La Pioppa
Address: Via Per Casarico, Villa Guardia (CO), 22079, Italy
Contact and more info: +39 031 47 00 89, http://lapioppa.altervista.org/
Indoor/outdoor play: “Not huge but there’s an outdoor playground (swings/climbing frame/bouncy things plus area to play ball). Various animals including pigs, chicken, donkeys and ducks”.
High chairs yes/no: YES “(possibly only 1 or 2 though)”.
Changing tables yes/no: YES “in ladies toilet”
Costs meals: “During the week set 2 course lunch for around 15 EUR per person including wine or water & coffee – usually 2/3 options for each course but not always vegetarian options. There are a couple of dishes like Steak & Chips which are always always available outside the set menu. At the weekend it’s also a set menu – more courses and around 30-40 EUR each”.
Kids Meals: “No kids menu on week days. I think there may be a kids menu at the weekend but not sure”.
Additional info: “Parking available. It’s an Agriturismo in Italy – not far from the Bizzarone/Novazzano border crossing. At lunch during the week there aren’t many kids there, lots of working guys & couples. They don’t speak English, but very friendly”.

Name: Lido di Lenno
Address: Via Comoedia, 122016 Lenno (CO), Italy
Contact and more info: +39 034 457 093, www.lidodilenno.com/en
Indoor/outdoor play: A lovely beach, gated with a stone wall and easy access to the lake with wide stone stairs (not gated!).
High chairs yes/no: ?
Changing tables yes/no: NO
Costs meals: Haven’t eaten here, but a absolutely lovely place for a drink either on the inviting and shady terrace or on the beach. A sunbed and access to the beach each cost 4 Euro a day, though when we were there it was quite empty and nobody charged us for the beds. Also parasols are available for rent and there are a few gazebos (30 Euro a day, including two beds).
Kids Meals: The staf is really friendly and small portions can be served.
Additional info: Parking you find just before you come to the Lido (Parking next to Villa Balbianello). The parking fills up quickly though, but you can always park in or near Lenno and walk to the Lido along the water. The absolute best ice cream i had in a long time can be found across the bay from the Lido, a 10 minute walk, in the center of Lenno: La Fabbrica Del Gelato, Piazza XI Febbraio, 15, Lenno (CO) Italy (also marked on the map).

Name: Il Castello di Brenta
Address: Via Verdi 40, Brenta (VA), Italy
Contact and more info: +39 339 6356657, www.ilcastellodibrenta.it/
Indoor/outdoor play: Indoor playroom with climbing construction, toys, ball pool. And a room with a Wii gaming console.
High chairs yes/no: ?
Changing tables yes/no: ?
Costs meals: ?
Kids Meals: They have a  specific kids menu.
Additional info: –

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4 thoughts on “Child Friendly Restaurants – Ticino (CH)

  1. Name: Ristorante Grotto Serta
    Address: Via Serta 6, 6814 Lamone
    Contact and more info: +41 91 945 02 35, http://www.serta.ch
    Indoor/outdoor play: There is a playground just below the grotto with merry-go-round, swings (including baby swing) and climbing frames. Also a slide up on the terrace.
    High chairs yes/no: YES
    Changing tables yes/no: NO
    Costs meals: Extensive menu but food is a bit more expensive than typical grotto. Eg. pastas 20-25chf and grilled meat/fish can be upwards of 40-70chf. Can get half portions of some meals. Also gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options, plus a small kids menu.
    Kids Meals: Three specific meals – tomato gnocchi, a veal scalloping, and one other I can’t remember.
    Additional info: Very welcoming of us with a 12 month old. It was raining so we were inside, but there is a great terrace outside where the kids could run around and there is some playground things to play with.

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