After graduating from Scuola di Cucina of Varese, our chef Davide Gasparini refined his skills at the Vecchio Convento and the Borgo degli Artisti before moving south to Puglia to work alongside top chefs in Michelin starred restaurant Bros' in Lecce. In 2021 he realized his dream of opening his own restaurant, La Dama del Porto, in his native Varese.
Meet La Dama del Porto
We are a family-run restaurant and boutique hotel located in Cerro di Laveno, a beautiful and picturesque village on Lago Maggiore. Opening the restaurant in October 2021 after refining his skills at top-notch restaurants around the Varese and Lecce, Davide quickly realized the enormity of the task and asked his brother Matteo and sister-in-law Claire for help. Moving back to Italy after 10 years abroad living in Paris and Copenhagen, Matteo and Claire brought their respective experience in hospitality and architecture to renovate the rooms and restaurant before a second inauguration just 6 months later.