Imagine a restaurant that combines history, family tradition and a warm welcome. That’s Al Sorriso all over. This hotel and restaurant has been operating uninterruptedly since 1981 in the quaint village of Soriso (population 700), not far from Lake Orta. Its name is an amusing and emblematic play on words that turns the hamlet’s name into the Italian word for “smile”. The owners, Luisa and Angelo Valazza, are considered heroes of the Piedmontese cuisine, with a proffering that ranges from meat to fish and vegetables. Their aim is but one: to pamper guests. The atmosphere is classic to the extreme, as is the tablescape, while portions shun current trends and actually manage to fill guests’ bellies. As the establishment’s sommelier, Luisa and Angelo’s daughter Paola plays a pivotal role when it comes to selecting from among the thousand different wines available. The Valazza family transmits casual, transparent vibes, while their warmth and professionalism put them in a class by themselves. Things have been flowing smoothly for years here, and the utmost care goes into making every diner’s experience special. For 100% R&R, book a room in the hotel (located in the same building), kick back and enjoy another glass of wine as you relish each dish.