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Il Cavatappi

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Via XX Settembre 10, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 815349
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12:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 133
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Love, Love Il Cavatappi

On the recommendation of our hotel front staff, we went to Il Cavatappi for dinner our first night in Varenna. What a great find. Warning, it's tiny (with only 7 or so tables), so reservations are a must. We had fish from the lake, wonderfully prepared by the chef/ owner. There's a glass window... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
stonesc
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Columbia, SC
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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209 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Columbia, SC
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

On the recommendation of our hotel front staff, we went to Il Cavatappi for dinner our first night in Varenna. What a great find. Warning, it's tiny (with only 7 or so tables), so reservations are a must. We had fish from the lake, wonderfully prepared by the chef/ owner. There's a glass window to the kitchen that lets you... More 

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NYC
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had reservations here and had a very nice meal. We shared the trout tartare to start, which was tasty though I found it to be over-peppered. I ordered the vegetable mille-feuille which was described as vegetables layered with cheese. I'd told the server I didn't eat potatoes and he failed to mention one of the

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Vancouver
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98 reviews 98 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Attracted by the ads of a lamb lasagne, we decided to come here for our second night in town. We have a 7 year old so not the best in nicer restaurants. We came just after the restaurant opened without a reservation and had a table for 3 easy but I think much after 7 you would need a reservation.... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We made a reservation here based on the positive TA review and I'm certainly glad we did. Lunch at Il Cavatappi was the best meal we had during our few days in Italy and on the lake. We hopped off during a ferry tour from Bellagio and walk to the unassuming location. When I tried to enter, a woman opened... More 

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Miami, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

When both owners of the hotel I was staying in Varenna said this was their favorite, no non-sense place to have fresh, home-made style food I knew we were in for a treat. At first glance when you enter, it is a small place, but when you see thru that big glass window how they make your plate fresh and... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We made a reservation here for our second day in Varenna and we were not dissapointed. We took the entree with local charcuterie, cheese and marinated vegetables, the Easter lasagna for us the parents and some spaghetti Bolognesse for my son. Already after we entered we felt welcomed, with the cosy ambiance and the nice personnel. Our son was realy... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We ate here in 2014, and when planning our return to Varenna this year, il Cavatappi was at the top of our 'to-do' list. A cute little restaurant with only a few tables, so you must make a reservation in high season. We were there in March, and still the restaurant was full. Service is excellent, and you can tell... More 

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australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I chose this restaurant for our last night in Italy based on the great reviews,unfortunately I was terribly disappointed.I cannot understand why ,perhaps it was the first night opening for the season but it simply did not work,my husband & I are not difficult people to please & I have rarely written a negative review...however you can only write a... More 

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Milano
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This welcoming and elegant small restaurant was quite a great surprise in Varenna. This village and the surrounding area are plenty with expensive, shabby places for tourists that serve a very generic Italian cuisine. Il Cavatappi is a refined and elegant place managed by a couple of welcoming people who make their best to make you feel at home. A... More 

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Hollywood
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Our hotel recommended this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The food was simple and sublime. The chef came out and talked to us about the meal he had prepared and I recall him remarking that the simplest of ingredients often make the most spectacular of dishes, since everything is so fresh. I must say I couldn't agree more. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via XX Settembre 10, 23829 Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: +39 0341 815349

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?