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Il Cavatappi

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Via XX Settembre 10, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 815349
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12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 192
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  • 72
    Very good
  • 16
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  • 3
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  • 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
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The perfect evening. Wonderful, professional service, attentive but not over the top. And the food was amazing and the wine also. It was fantastic to be able to relax and enjoy the moment. The restaurant is set in a small lane uphill from the lake. The location is quiet and we sat outside in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Deejay2012
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The perfect evening. Wonderful, professional service, attentive but not over the top. And the food was amazing and the wine also. It was fantastic to be able to relax and enjoy the moment. The restaurant is set in a small lane uphill from the lake. The location is quiet and we sat outside in the medieval setting, totally stunning. Excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Just got back to our apartment after a beautiful three course meal here with my husband. Got there when it opened as hadn't made a reservation. I had the italian platter with salami, local soft cheese and vegetables in oil followed by Sicilian eggplant parmigiana and the husband had the smoked lake fish with tagliatelle to start, followed by gnochetti... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Charming, small restaurant with very good food and attentive staff. A very nice experience while in Varenna.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

cozy and quaint atmosphere. Prompt and attentive service and staff. fantastic food at fair prices. It is a must do while in Varenna. If you are staying across the lake, it is worth the ferry boat trip to Varenna to eat here for dinner!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Eating outside on one of the 3 very rare tables of this local restaurant made us feel very special. Great local food and wines, pleasant service, not overly priced, a perfect dinner spot, quite romantic, do not miss the smoked fish ravioli... Lovely place.

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a romantic dinner here. The waitstaff was very friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection. We shard the tuna salad and it was the best I've had in Italy. We ended up sharing 3 entrees and loved every one of them!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Now been through them all, the top restaurants in Varenna at tripadvisor that is. Il cavatappi and Borgovino is the best of the best! Small and cosy, not to fancy but outstanding food, wine and service! Just like a restaurant in Italy should be!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We stopped off for lunch today based on TA reviews and the fact that a thunderstorm was underway. Lovely cosy little restaurant, with just 14 covers inside that soon filled up due to the bad weather. The waiter was friendly and attentive and despite being on his own front of house, the service flowed smoothly. It was great to experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This restaurant is a hidden treasure. Found on a pedestrian cobbled lane. We had one of the few outside tables where we enjoyed watching the world go by while we feasted on gourmet food and wonderful local wine. The staff were welcoming and very and well informed about their menu and wine selection

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The ambience of this restaurant was outstanding as was the attentive service. The waiter recommended a red wine that was reasonable, but also delicious and complemented our meals. I must say that the tuna carpaccio was one of my favourites so far in Italy. We had a wonderful evening at Il Cavatappi and would love to return. I would recommend... 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: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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