Ristorante Lino is a smart bistrot in the centre of Pavia for a discerning clientèle seeking exceptional food and service. The menu is a match between the traditional Po Valley cuisine and the innovation of taste, with a great selection of wines and unique cocktails. The space is divided into bright rooms framed by large windows, Art Deco internal design and a comfortable and elegant atmosphere, in harmony with the refinement of the dishes.
Until the mid-19th century the square was known as Piazza del Popolo, a meeting place for the city. Then flax cultivations became relevant in the area around Pavia and it was necessary to find a space for trading, Piazza del Popolo seemed to be the ideal place: a central area, dedicated to trade where local farmers could sell their high quality yarns.
An elegant plant with a straight but fragile stem, the linen is characterized by large blue flowers and its adaptability to different climatic conditions; the cultivation, both for its rich seeds and its stems, has very ancient origins and in the middle age it spread mainly in northern Italy and increased during the industrial textile development. The production of high quality yarns began in Italy in the 11th century.
Towards the end of the 19th century Bernardo Arnaboldi Gazzaniga, mayor of Pavia, did his best to ensure that the city had a new center of commercial bargaining; a gallery was thus built with an octagonal plan in the center surmounted by an iron and double-glazed armor which took its name from its benefactor, Galleria and Cupola Arnaboldi (1879-1882), and that still is a point of reference for local farmers.
Piazza del Lino was then harmonized into the urban project, thus becoming a marvelous multi-level garden, in the middle of which, later, the national monument dedicated to the Cairoli family (1898-1900) was placed.
The consultancy of the chef Andrea Ribaldone it’s possibile thanks to the contribution of Federico Sgorbini, new resident chef of Ristorante Lino.
Fabrizio Ciccarello is our Restaurant Manager and maître.