Nothing is more typical for life in Ticino than the grotto, a simple tavern in quiet hideaway places, well in the shade of trees. They usually consist of a kitchen and a generous garden with solid granite tables and benches, where everybody sits in the coolness of the trees, drinking and eating products of the local cuisine: homemade sausages like salami and mortadella, the vegetable soup minestrone, risotto, polenta and roast beef, a choice of hard and creamy cheese, etc. You must try a sip of Gazzosa, the typical colourful lemonade and Merlot tastes best in a typical boccalino or tazzino. A selection of grottos awaits for you to discover authentic and traditional cuisine.