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Grotto Bundi Restaurant


via alle Cantine 24, 6850 Mendrisio, Switzerland

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Restaurant description

The story of the Grotto Bundi is almost a secular one. In the more authentic frame of the Ticino, more than 80 years ago, a certain Abbondio Calderari opens the antique Grotto, where his name is linked to in the dialectal form of “Bundi”. Nowadays as then, the Grotto Bundi welcomes its guests, immersed in an unpolluted nature on the feet of the Mount Generoso.
Authenticity and tradition come together in a warm familiar atmosphere to create delicious dishes served with passion by Sandrine and Stefano Romelli. It is a journey to rediscover the flavors of the past, where the polenta, cooked in the fireplace, is proposed in countless varieties along with game, meat and mushrooms. Do not miss a visit to the cellars of the Grotto, which contain real treasures of the area, ready to go with the courses on every occasion. Local cheese and salami, produced as in the past and kept according to tradition, can be purchased directly in the Grotto and now even online.
The Grotto Bundi is waiting for you at lunch and dinner every day, except on Mondays.
At the Grotto Bundi, polenta is the queen of the house all year. In cold winter evenings as well as in summer in the shade of the trees, this tasty specialty wins even the most demanding guests. Each time it is brought to the table is a real feast that brings life to the most genuine moments of the past. Stefano Romello prepares it in a copper pot mixing wisely different varieties of flour: thick as well as fine grounded corn and buckwheat.
This last ingredient adds a unique touch to the polenta of the Grotto, giving it a delightfully rustic aspect and flavor. And then just water and salt: the adding of any seasoning is banned. Now it is ready for cooking, which according to tradition happens slowly over an open fire for at least one hour and a half, stirring occasionally, until it reaches the right consistency for the service.
Those who are interested can take home the magic of this unforgettable polenta, purchasing at the Grotto, or online, the already measured flour mixture.

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Restaurant details

Cost: CHF 26-50

Cuisine type

  • Regional dishes | Grotto


  • Pets allowed
  • Children friendly
  • Appropriate for business meals
  • Free WIFI
  • Terrace available


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Polenta cooked im the fireplace.

Food source

La farina per la polenta è composta da Bramata, Dorata, Nostrana, Grano Saraceno e crusca, seguendo la nostra originale ricetta, il tutto preparato e fornito dai Molini Riuniti Ticinesi di Giubiasco.
La salumeria è tutta nostrana fatta a Mendrisio e i nostri Tipici formaggini della Valle di Muggio vengono forniti dalla Signora Brichetti e dalla Signora Marialuce Valtulini.

Practical information


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Closed for holiday:

Last week july and first week august. From 21th december till 12th january

Group, meeting & private party facilities:

Maximum people for drinks: 50
Maximum people for sit-down meals: 50
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Memberships and Awards:

  • GastroSuisse

Language Spoken:

  • Italian
  • German
  • English
  • French

Payment options:

  • Cash in Euros
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Eurocard
  • Cash
  • Visa


  • Public parking available

GPS Settings:

Latitude: 45.87945
Longitude: 8.986595

How to arrive by public transportation:

From the railway station take Bus line 1 till "Delizie" stop.


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