Lago di Como, Santa Cruz CA | Merchant Profile

If youíre looking for authentic and traditional Italian cuisine, then Lago di Como is the restaurant for you! You wonít find any Americanized dishes here, just simple, original, and fresh Italian recipes. Giovanni Spanu is the owner who grew in Como, Italy and has over thirty years of experience in the restaurant industry. He opened Lago di Como, or ìLake of Comoî, in December of 2012 with the help of his wife Mary Ellen. Ever since, the restaurant has received rave reviews and has gained a stellar reputation within the community.Everything at Lago di Como is made using high quality, fresh ingredients. Giovanni uses all of his familyís recipes straight from Italy to handcraft each dish. One of their bestsellers is the Spaghetti alla Carbonara made with imported pasta tossed with smoked imported Italian pancetta, parmesan cheese, and egg. One of Giovanniís favorites, named after his mother is the Penne alla Mamma Gianna. It is Giovanniís motherís recipe that is made with imported penne pasta sauteed with ham, green peas, a touch of cream, and parmesan cheese then baked in the oven. Giovanni also named a dish in honor of his late father, the Polli di Papa Mario. It was one of his favorite dishes to eat and is made with a 12 oz. half chicken thatís marinated in balsamic, garlic, and rosemary then served with roasted potatoes and the vegetable of the day. You really canít go wrong with any dish at Lago di Como and thereís something to satisfy any appetite!The restaurant seats about ninety people with a few seats at the bar, a dining room, and nice outdoor patio. They serve beer on tap and have a variety of Italian beers in bottles. When it comes to their wine they have a nice mixture of Italian and Californian reds and whites. All in all, Giovanni loves what he does and gets so much joy watching his customersí faces light up when they taste his food. The staff is always friendly, helpful, and works hard to satisfy each and every guest. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable making Lago di Como the perfect place to enjoy a family meal or intimate dinner date. The next time youíre in town, be sure to stop in for an experience you wonít forget!

21490 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062