This is a busy restaurant where the tables stretch out onto the pavement overlooking the main square in Stressa, so the ambiance is great with lots going on all around.
There is a very pleasant welcome on arrival and if they have a table free, you are taken to it straight away, but...you may have to wait a few minutes if you arrive later in the evening.
The waiters are unusually attentive, you get bread and crostini straight away with the menu which is full of good, traditional Italian dishes. The wine list is also pretty good - we went with the house recommendation which was perfectly OK.
The first course arrives within a few minutes and when finished the second course isn't too far behind - no rush, just about right. The deserts are excellent and can all be finished off with coffee and grappa.
When the bill arrives, it is not a shock which is a pleasant surprise for such a well located restaurant, so overall a great experience.
I recall that the restaurant has been in the family for a very long time - it shows - everything works well and you go away very satisfied thinking about possibly going again another night. Highly recommended if you want a good honest meal out.