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Il Cavatappi

Via XX Settembre 10, Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 815349
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Ranked #1 of 30 Restaurants in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Vegetarian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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South Africa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The ambience, food and hospitality at Il Cavatappi is out of this world. Every course was a revelation. We had a table outside in a cobbled lane which is recommended. I strongly suggest that you book in advance as the restaurant was full on the evening we visited. Do not miss having a meal here. You will not be sorry.... More

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Scotland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We went here for dinner during our stay in Varenna. You definitely need to book in advance as the restaurant only has 5 tables inside plus a few outside. We loved our meal here - it's a very traditional, authentic style of cooking. The food and flavours were delicious. The staff were very polite and friendly and helpful at choosing... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Dined on a Friday late afternoon (odd I know but I was in Varenna for a wedding and our timings were a little strange). Managed to reserve one of the on-street tables which was really lovely (having done the same in Sicily, it's actually quite nice dining on the steps of the cobbled streets). The dried fish salad was beautiful... More

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had dinner here outside on a beautiful evening in Verenna. We had to book. The waiter is incredibly attentive and provided genuine service, you could tell he really cared about your wellbeing and enjoyment. This is also the only restaurant I've been to on this trip which was happy to provide drinking water and not insist on charging you... More

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Manlius, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This little restaurant is staffed by a grand total of 3; a chef, an assistant and a waiter. But you would think that with the quality of the food there would be dozens working here. Each dish we had was superbly made with the freshest ingredients. From the vegetable medley appetizer and trout terrine to the swordfish orechiette and eggplant... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

You will need to book a table... just walk past during the afternoon or call them.. It is like eating in someone's living room.. only around 8 tables and you can see into the kitchen. The host & waitress are lovely, the chef was even friendly! They will serve you nibbles when you order drinks, but they are more like... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was the best meal we had on a fortnight's holiday in the Lake Como area. It's a small restaurant, among a group of good places along Via XX Settembre, with a few tables outside and not so very many more inside. The decor is cool and elegant. We were there on a quiet night, a Monday, and that may... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Small intimate restaurant with excellent unobtrusive service. Great flavours in both meat and vegetarian dishes and a really good knowledge and use of local products. Local wines are well chosen. We went twice during our week long stay. Make sure you book in advance so you are not disappointed.

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Italy
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled across this small restaurant today and I'm so glad we did. Grilled vegetables with toasted farinata (a chickpea flour bread) was the antipasti that we shared which I followed with gnocchi that was lightly dressed in a sauce made from three types of tomatoes. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his homemade ravioli filled with lake fish and tossed with... More

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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It's one of places on Contrada Scoscesa - 3m wide street where every restaurant has a couple of tables on the street. It's quite atmospheric and supported by good food and wine from Cavatappi. I would say that the food is quite simple but cooked good.

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