On the shores of Lake Orta, just minutes from the center of Orta San Giulio, stands Villa Crespi, a majestic residence that dates back to the late 1800s, and today is part of the Relais & Chateaux collection. The lakeside view is stupendous, the grounds luxurious – the perfect place to let yourself be carried away by the two-star cuisine of Antonino Cannavacciuolo. Originally from Naples, Cannavacciuolo began his stint here back in 1999, along with his wife Cinzia. Plenty of warm hospitality, professionalism and innate passion ensure the perfect fine-dining experience all the way around. We also suggest spending the night amid the luxury of Moorish interiors, rich in brightly colored, velvety fabrics, marble and stucco, and wake up to a stellar breakfast. The restaurant’s cuisine blends the best in tastes from Piedmont and Cannavacciuolo’s hometown in the south. Surf and turf go hand in hand, and longtime favorites from the Mediterranean tradition are perfectly executed. Stars of the show include red meat, truffles, soft and aged Piedmontese cheeses, plus an array of seafood, along with tomato and citrus fruit. Massimo Raugi is in charge of the well-stocked wine cellar and dining room, and guarantees impeccable service. One of the most interesting food experiences in all of Northern Italy.