Cannavacciuolo's Villa Crespi is the best: awarded the third Michelin Star


An honor almost feels like a coronation, celebrating a milestone that brings Villa Crespi into the global spotlight.

Villa Crespi is now among the 139 best restaurants in the world

8 November 2022, a date that will forever be etched in the heart of Villa Crespi, as it throbs a little faster today It speeds up as the world stands still, eyes turned toward that arabesque residence we call home.

After 23 years of excellence, Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo sees his third star added to the others, long hoped for and well deserved. Alongside him are Executive Chef Simone Corbo and Restaurant Manager Massimo Raugi.

This is where it all began, with the people who have made it possible to reach this world-class achievement. A cohesive and passionate team, Chef Cannavacciuolo and Cinzia Primatesta choose and have chosen every day because, in them, they see a special gift.

After all, making each guest feel at home, and sharing emotions through the dishes, accompanied by smiles and meticulous care, are actions immersed in pure art.


To you, who are part of this family.
To you, who have been our guest at Villa Crespi.
To you, who dream of sitting at one of those tables for the first time.

Thank you for living this dream with us.


Villa Crespi honored for Best Dining Service Experience by the Gambero Rosso 2023 Italian Restaurant Guide

A precious award for our 2 Stars Michelin restaurant

A great pride for our Relais et Chateaux - the Gambero Rosso 2023 Italian Restaurant Guide awarded us Best Dining Service Experience.



Different voices can describe the dining room of a Michelin-starred restaurant: there is that of the guest, who savors the masterfully staged show, and there is that of the dining room itself, full of people, exact rhythms, and dance steps carved in memory.

And this is the very voice that today shares with us Villa Crespi's recognition for winning the Premio Speciale al Miglior Servizio di Sala 2023 for Best Dining Room Experience by Gambero Rosso. Our Michelin 2-Star Restaurant, designed by Chef Cannavacciuolo, opens wide its doors to this incredibly coveted honor in the Italian restaurant industry, which celebrates the precision, care and perfection of its dining service, and not only.

The 2023 Italian Restaurant Guide award commends the harmonious and impeccable work of a special team directed by Restaurant Manager Massimo Raugi. He paints the room as a place where protocols and dances, together with passion, culture and beauty. These distinct elements provide guests with an experience that is timeless and enchanting.



To receive the award for Miglior Servizio di Sala 2023 means to look with pride at each and every member of our staff. The timing of their movements and silent looks of understanding make it possible to raise the curtain at just the right moment.

And it excites us to think there are still so many talented people who will cross the threshold of Villa Crespi, bringing us and our guests even more delight.




When Cannavacciuolo deconstructed the Neapolitan pastiera

The rielaboration of an historical dish

If you know intimately the flavors of your home, you can afford to play skillfully to give them a new and iconic twist; we present Chef Cannavacciuolo and his Pastry Chef PierFederico Pascale's deconstructed pastiera.

Cannavacciuolo's pastiera: an artistic composition


Photo credits: Francesca Pagliai


Villa Crespi's Michelin 2-Star Restaurant has welcomed thousands of guests to its halls since 1999. Those same guests have experienced new dishes, revamped menus, and classic dishes given a makeover in constantly changing forms. Such is the case with Antonino Cannavacciuolo's pastiera, a traditional Neapolitan dessert echoing the Chef's beloved roots.

Pastry Chef PierFederico Pascale wanted to celebrate these by working with the Patron Chef at Villa Crespi to transform the classic composition of the pastiera. The result is a dish that visually unties the key elements of the recipe; a swivel of pastiera cream cheese serves as the base for the perfect scoop of ice cream, alongside a pearly blanket of rice milk cooked in wheat.

On the left, the plate is tinged orange with a faux vanilla and citrus yolk, accompanied by an almond sponge and ricotta mousse.

The concept of the deconstructed pastiera



Behind a dish, where each element seems to have a life of its own, hides a backward process. No longer is there a dessert presented in its entirety, but it comes apart once tasted. Instead, unconnected flavors come together when the dessert spoon hits the palate.

With all the ingredients together, you'll feel like you're savoring a classic Neapolitan pastiera. A game, a bet that Cannavacciuolo and Pascale, together with the brigade, chose to play with the guests of Villa Crespi.

And, as always, managing to win.


Is Cannavacciuolo's pastiera available only deconstructed?


Photo credits: Stefano Fusaro

Chef Cannavacciuolo and his pastiera are not only available in the deconstructed version that has already charmed all connoisseurs of his Michelin 2-Star cuisine. A more classic mold is surely ever-present among his recipes, which also keeps enthusiasts for tradition happy.

And so, in his Laboratorio Artigianale in Suno, this wonderful treat is made with a soft center and characteristic shortbread strips. A dessert you could serve during the holidays, following step-by-step instructions from the Chef's official recipe found on the website.

Innovation and tradition are always part of Antonino Cannavacciuolo's cuisine. It is from their very fusion that the best works of art come to life.



Walk through the rooms at Villa Crespi

Story of a stay at Villa Crespi

Fourteen rooms from a Thousand and One Nights and 14 Arabian princesses. Let's take you inside the rooms at Villa Crespi ... gold-hued drapery, furnishing and stunning parquet floors.

Fourteen princesses


Photo credits: Stefano Butturini

The rooms of Villa Crespiquiet and regal, hidden within the princely walls of our Lake Orta villa, have very unique and diverse souls. Rania and Sheherazade glorify their imperial red tapestry, providing guests with moments of intimate romance.

Amira and Nur, our golden Premium Suites, radiate the homey warmth of a cozy refuge to return to with their reading nook and plush four-poster bed. Jamila and Zeina, our Executive Suites overlook the shores of Lake Orta and evoke contemplation. Snuggling in one of the armchairs next to the windows is the perfect moment to indulge in thoughtful meditation and thoughtful reflection. Peaceful in character are Leila and Samar, upholstered in royal blue silk. Your entire body will experience a sense of calm, and your heart will beat with gentle ease.

Aidha and Isdihar, two Deluxe Rooms with exquisite parquet floors and elegant marble bathrooms, will delight you with their grandeur. And finally, the four jewels are found at the Villa's highest point. Our four Classic Rooms have soft blush shades and old-world flair and are complete with crenelated terraces overlooking the spectacular lake: Aisha, Muna, Najaa and Yasmin.


The hidden details of the rooms at Villa Crespi


Photo credits: Stefano Butturini

Learning about the rooms at Villa Crespi, as described by someone else who has experienced them, is not the same as actually staying there. Walking barefoot on the beautiful parquet floors is a sensation not easy to explain. It's a bit like stepping into the tales of noble knights, poets, rulers, and connoisseurs of refined style and elegance who left their own footsteps in this Villa over the 20th century.

The fine silk walls and soft draperies look like something out of "A Thousand and One Nights," as do the arabesque arches that separate the spaces inside the rooms.

There is an air of Moorish architecture in every intimate detail of the entire structure, just as it was intended by its patron Cristoforo Benigno Crespi.. Inlaid doors and windows, ceilings with starry skies, and mosaic floors ... magic is in every corner.

Waking up at Villa Crespi


Photo credits: Francesca Pagliai

As we wait to welcome you to our stunning rooms at Villa Crespi, we want to share our guests' everyday morning experience. Imagine opening your eyes and finding yourself in a princely four-poster bed.

You'll head to the window and pull back exquisitely sewn curtains to be immediately captivated by the beautiful view of the Lake or of the vast garden home to our vegetable garden and our bee hives.

Breakfast is soon served. On request, you can savor the gourmet specialties of our Michelin 2-star kitchen from the comfort of your sitting room or on your crenelated terrace if you're on the top floor. Read through your favorite newspaper while sipping coffee and relish some of Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo's small pastries. Soak up this dream, especially if you are with the one you love.