We recommend this tour to discover the area and food around Lake Maggiore in Piemonte. Start at Stresa having taken in the 'Isole Borromee and the Villa Pallavicino.
Head south on the road beside the Lake until you arrive at Arona birthplace of San Carlo Borromeo who is celebrated with a 35 meter high statue, the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Turn away from the Lake before hitting the manufacturing town of Borgomanero and a short climb to Soriso.
On the way look out for the vendors of typical products: 'Il Tagliere' at Borgomanero (Donkey Meat), 'Macelleria Crosetti' at Cavallirio (Bresaola) and 'Associazione Gastronomica del Ramaiuolo' at Varzo (Mountain Pasture Cheeses).
Ghemme town of wine, honey and bread www.ghemme.net
Le Rive del Gusto, local restaurants event during October and November
Of special note is 'Caseificio Paltrinieri' who produces wonderful Gorgonzola cheese 'al naturale', the Bettelmatt is also the local cheese as well as the Ossolano d'Alpe and the goat's cheese Formagella of Luino
Do not miss the Mortadella of Ossola and other salumi.
The Gardon fish is served in the restaurants on the lake and it's part of the local typical menu.
The typical cakes of Lake Maggiore are the Fugascine, similar to the finger butter cookies, and the delicious pastry biscuits called Margheritine of Stresa as they were created in honor of the Princess Margherita di Savoia.
The Nebbiolo and the Ghemme Docg red wines are from the zone of Novara, the Ossola valleys produce the Prunent and Neuv Bruschett wines.