Philosophy and Location

We devote all our knowledge and passion to creating the ideal environment for a perfect meal

On Lake Orta’s west bank, a little more hidden than the other ones, from the provincial road to Valsesia, you can reach Ristorante La Zucca, in the peaceful haven of Arola. It is a small, colorful and rustic chalet, blooming with flowers that, together with cooking, are the life passion of our chef Marinella. Our menu offers a selection of tasteful dishes rooted in our land traditions and its best ingredients.
From fresh herbs and vegetables picked in our garden, to cheese produced by local artisanal cheesemakers, to fresh, aromatic and rich butter made within walking distance from our restaurant, to a wine list born from a never-ending, passionate research, everything at Ristorante La Zucca is about our valleys and their importance in our family work. In our restaurant, our love for what we do shows in every single detail.

Tradition and terroir

At our restaurant you will only find dishes rooted in our valleys’ tradition and based on the best work of local producers

Respecting the ingredients

We want each of our dishes to showcase the best of each ingredient and to have you discover their unique taste

Local produce

We reward local producers with higher work ethics and only serve you the best produce from nearby farms and cheesemakers


Tradition, passion, family

Guest satisfaction is at the hearth of our philosophy. We think of you while creating our menus, always based on the best seasonal ingredients, and while studying every single detail of every dish. We think of you while preparing our wine list, including not only the best of our land, very suitable first of all for Nebbiolo, but also from all Piedmont and a selection of international wines. We think of you while setting the tables with comfort in mind and our warm, family style yet impeccable service is centered around you. And we thought of you when we decided not “turn tables” and only do one seating per meal, to leave you all the time you need to really enjoy your experience at La Zucca and relax at your own pace.

Respecting the ingredients

In the kitchen Marinella only works with the best ingredients, cooking and seasoning them as to exalt their distinctive taste

We only serve the best

Seasonality drives our recipes: we only use the best in-season ingredients

Honoring tradition with a modern touch

Regional traditional recipes are interpreted with an accurate yet modern approach


We are a family and we work together to give our best every day. Guest satisfaction is our only goal

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Your experience at La Zucca will not only involve delicious and carefully presented food, but also a wonderful environment that will make your day unforgettable. The restaurant overlooks Lake Orta and, in addition a breathtaking view, you might enjoy a stroll before or after your meal. The restaurant itself is part of the scenery, with its natural wooden walls, flowers and plants that may even be part of your culinary experience