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Feast by the lake

PHOTOS: ARCHIVE DISTRETTO TURISTICO DEI LAGHI, WONG AH YOKE
Prosciutto hang from the ceiling of La Casera in Verbania.
Prosciutto hang from the ceiling of La Casera in Verbania. PHOTOS: ARCHIVE DISTRETTO TURISTICO DEI LAGHI, WONG AH YOKE
The balcony in Verona made famous by William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet.
The balcony in Verona made famous by William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet.PHOTOS: ARCHIVE DISTRETTO TURISTICO DEI LAGHI, WONG AH YOKE
Foie gras and berries at Ristorante Oseleta.
Foie gras and berries at Ristorante Oseleta.PHOTOS: ARCHIVE DISTRETTO TURISTICO DEI LAGHI, WONG AH YOKE
A beautifully plated fish dish at Cracco.
A beautifully plated fish dish at Cracco.PHOTOS: ARCHIVE DISTRETTO TURISTICO DEI LAGHI, WONG AH YOKE
Ristorante Italia is owned by a fisherman on Isola dei Pescatori, an island of fisheries in Italy's Lake Maggiore.
Ristorante Italia is owned by a fisherman on Isola dei Pescatori, an island of fisheries in Italy's Lake Maggiore.PHOTOS: ARCHIVE DISTRETTO TURISTICO DEI LAGHI, WONG AH YOKE
Villa Cordevigo has been converted from an 18th-century villa into a luxurious accommodation with modern comforts.
Villa Cordevigo has been converted from an 18th-century villa into a luxurious accommodation with modern comforts.PHOTOS: ARCHIVE DISTRETTO TURISTICO DEI LAGHI, WONG AH YOKE

Formed millions of years ago from melted glaciers, the Italian Lakes - Maggiore, Lugano, Como, Iseo and Garda - are home to Michelin-starred dining as well as homely dishes

Before me was a shimmering lake lined by verdant mountains basking under a clear summer sky.

But instead of being scorched by the sun, I was in an air-conditioned dining room of a two-Michelin-starred restaurant right out of my dreams.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 21, 2019, with the headline 'Feast by the lake'. Print Edition | Subscribe