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The 150-year-old Grotto Raffael is one of the oldest and most typical Grotti in Ticino and still serves traditional Ticino dishes. With its fantastic terrace in the shade of huge, centuries-old plane trees, it is the ideal place on hot summer days. A small playground also makes it perfect for families. In spring and autumn we have a large indoor dining room (up to 60 people) warmed by an old fireplace.

Con la sua fantastica terrazza all’ombra di enormi platani secolari è il luogo ideale per le calde giornate estive. Un piccolo parco giochi lo rende perfetto anche per le famiglie. Nei mesi primaverili e autunnali abbiamo un’ampia sala interna (fino a 60 persone) scaldata da un antico camino.

Why Grotto Raffael

Quality first

Hospitality, passion and commitment are the foundations of our Grotti. That is why we believe that the quality of the raw products is of utmost importance. Each dish is prepared with care and attention to local tastes.

About Us

Our Staff

The Grotto Raffael team is always ready to welcome you with a smile. An exceptional Grotti needs exceptional people. We work hard to offer our customers the best possible service through kindness, arousing curiosity and making you discover ancient Ticino traditions by serving them on your plate.

Per un grotto eccezionale servono persone eccezionali. Lavoriamo duramente per offrire alla nostra clientela il miglior servizio possibile attraverso la gentilezza, stuzzicando la curiosità e facendovi scoprire antiche tradizioni ticinesi servendole nel vostro piatto.

The best quality ingredients


Chicory salad (only in summer)

Our chicory salad is cut daily to ensure that it remains as fresh and crunchy as possible.

7.50 CHF

Mixed cold cuts

Salumeria Patrizio Blotti / Malvaglia

20 CHF

Mixed Cheeses

La ghiandaia Maurizio Lorenzetti Genoni Gabriele and Katya

20 CHF

Homemade Gnocchi

Butter sage, tomato, gorgonzola, bolognese. All our gnocchi are prepared in our Grotti.

19.50 CHF

Beef stew with side dish

Our stew is prepared with meat exclusively from Ticino, from the Aerni company of Gordola.

28 CHF

Veal ossobuco with side dish

Veal ossobuco with side dish

36 CHF

Such a great Restaurant! Very atmospheric outdoor seating under trees and next to the rocks. Absolutely friendly staff, which can speak several languages. I don't even need to talk about the meals, it was just so delicious. Especially the Risotto - you need to try that, seriously.

Gabriel Herter

This year Grotto Raffael will become part of the SwissMiniatur theme park in Melide, displaying its structure as a typical Ticino and Swiss restaurant.

The opening will take place on Saturday 13 May, information will follow.