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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
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 126
    Excellent
  • 53
    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
A very sophisticated Italian cuisine

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
moussafir
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Milano
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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196 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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australia
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
Senior Reviewer
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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New York, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My husband, Tom and I are returning to Varenna, Italy for out third visit since we first ventured there with VBT (Vermont Bicycle Tours) in September 2011. It is a very small and very beautiful, and not touristy secret hideaway on Lake Coma, a short distance by Ferry from the world Famous Bellagio. You might wonder why I would ever... More 

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Red Hill, Australia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We really enjoyed the ambience of this small restaurant. Busy each night, even in the off season, so book

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Port Townsend, WA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

With only 5 tables inside and a couple outside, reservations are necessary for this small but delicious restaurant. The service was excellent and the food very good. We especially enjoyed the Caprese salad with burrata, mixed tomatoes and olives and a delicious creme caramel.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We had an excellent dinner at Il Cavatappi last week. It is a quaint little restaurant on a tiny street in Varenna. The waiter/host was charming. I am still dreaming about the salad caprese and the eggplant parmigiana! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Varenna.

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Paris, France
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Quaint little place hidden in the small streets of Varenna. Food was good, not exceptional. Nice selection of local wines, pumpkin pasta with roasted pork was very good. Decent value, and nice service. The kitchen prepared pasta with tomato sauce on special request.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We received a warm welcome and a cozy seat in this attractive small restaurant. The food was nicely presented but the ingredients were pre-prepared seen coming from tupperware containers. The fish was fresh and the bread and breadsticks were fresh and good.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

last minute lunch recommendation by local shopkeeper and Slow Food enthusiast "Giorgio", the maître di fitted us in at short notice, and what a lovely lunch we had, cold cuts to start followed by one of the tastiest steaks ever, and finished off with the best creme caramel I have ever had! lvely little restaurant and fabulous staff.

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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?