Osteria manciana

The Osteria

The Osteria Manciana welcomes you and looks forward to pampering you. The day begins with a lovingly prepared breakfast. On request, we can prepare packed lunches for you. After your walks you can enjoy aperitifs or enjoy lunch or dinner together in a cozy environment surrounded by the natural spectacle of Monte Generoso and the Muggio Valley.

Osteria Manciana

Monday - rest

Tuesday - Saturday from 09:00 to 22:00
Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00

On open days the kitchen is open from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 19:00 to 21:00

For guests of the rooms Osteria Manciana ; Hostel and Panorama Lodge "La Casa dei Gelsi" breakfasts and and dinners are usable 7/7

Public holidays and Canton or National holidays always open

For restaurant reservations you can write us at info@osteria-manciana.ch or call us on 091 684 11 36


Typical dishes

The tradition of typical dishes will also be carried on by Simona according to family recipes including the famous osso buco with polenta “della Piera.” This and more await you in a typical and cozy environment.


Our wines

We have carefully selected for you different wines at reasonable prices from the different wineries in the Mendrisiotto. Of course, the Merlot dominates, but there are also various assemblages and wines that are stored in barriques to emphasize the bouquet of the wines. Our wine list also contains some representative wines from neighboring Italy, from Barbaresco to Sangiovese and finally Prosecco and Spumanti, made according to the classic method (Champagnoise), as well as, of course, with the common aperitifs, our grappas and nocinos (walnut liqueurs).


The story of three great women

The name of the Osteria refers to the family name Manciana, the maiden name of the grandmother “nonna Agnese”, who has run the Osteria since the 1950s when she took over the work that her mother Giuditta had started in the 1930s. From 1970 until today, her daughter-in-law Piera has taken care of the entire management of the restaurant; she has always welcomed all visitors warmly and has cooked for thousands of guests with passion over the years. The “osso buco con polenta della Piera”, a dish whose recipe remains a secret and has now been continued by four generations, remains famous.


Agnese, Piera e Simona

Simona, Piera’s daughter-in-law, will take over the management of the Manciana after the renovation, maintaining the direction and traditions that have shaped this historic osteria of the Valle di Muggio and Monte Generoso region over the years.

From 2021 the Osteria will be able to offer its guests a large room for 40 people and two terraces for around 15 people, including a new one with a view of the valley

Historical clues

The Osteria is a typical mountain inn, which has adapted to the progress and changes of the visitors over the years but has retained its character as a daily meeting point for the residents of the Muggio Valley and those passing through. In the Osteria, farmers, bricklayers, hikers and seasonal workers who returned from central Switzerland after the Second World War, border guards who lived in the village and soldiers in times of war always enjoyed meeting each other. In the 1960s smugglers who carried their goods in “bricolle” (jute sacks full of cigarettes) to Italy, also took a stop there. Even today the adventures of the “spalloni” (smugglers) are told who tried to escape the border guards in order to bring their “briccolla” to safety.

For almost 100 years the MANCIANA was a reference point for the village and the visitors, who once traveled for commercial and now for tourist reasons, between Switzerland and Italy, Como Lake (Italy) and Lugano Lake (Switzerland). Hospitality and tolerance were and will remain a hallmark of the Manciana.


After a quiet and restful night, the day can start optimally with a rich breakfast. In the Osteria you can choose between two traditional breakfast options with local and high-quality products.


The breathtaking view of the Muggio Valley, which can be admired from the Osteria, offers an atmospheric setting to enjoy an aperitif with, for example, excellent white, red and sparkling wines and delicious side dishes. It is definitely the best way to look forward to dinner or to leave Scudellate satisfied.

Dinner for groups

In the lovingly renovated dining room of the Osteria Manciana, ad hoc dinners can be organized for private groups. On reservation, the Osteria staff will be happy to make tailor-made menu suggestions from our menu card.

Packed lunches

Are you starting one of the numerous excursions near Scudellate and don't have time to enjoy the delicious dishes in the Osteria Manciana? No problem! The kitchen staff will be happy to prepare delicious, packed lunches for you with local and seasonal products that you can easily take with you anywhere.

Dinner for two

The intimacy, the impressive panorama and the delicious cuisine of the Osteria are the perfect combination for a romantic dinner. The kitchen staff are happy to put together menus for couples who want to enjoy a unique candlelight experience.

Special offers

To make the impressions and experiences of the guests in our area unique and unforgettable is crucial for us. We are committed to meeting their needs and are ready to prepare special offers such as aperitifs and dinners in the vineyard, themed meals, watching the sunrise and tasting wines and local products at sunset.