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Varano's Italian Restaurant

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60 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4127
(207) 641-8550
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Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious Experience

We visited here around 5pm when the restaurant was just beginning to get busy. Wonderful atmosphere with extremely friendly waitstaff. We enjoyed the fried risotto balls for an appetizer and our main meal was very flavorful. Desert was the seasonal gelato and a slice of cheesecake. This premiere... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Dirtweasel
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Worcester, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We came here a few years ago and the food was bland. My wife really wanted Italian last night so we went again. The food was much better, but the service lagged. How busy could the waitress be with only a handful of customers on a preseason Tuesday night?

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We visited here around 5pm when the restaurant was just beginning to get busy. Wonderful atmosphere with extremely friendly waitstaff. We enjoyed the fried risotto balls for an appetizer and our main meal was very flavorful. Desert was the seasonal gelato and a slice of cheesecake. This premiere Italian restaurant doesn't disappoint and I would highly recommend a dinner if... More 

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putnam, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We love this restaurant Whenever we are in Maine we like to eat here at least once. The food is fantastic and service is always very good. Great wine selection, cozy atmosphere we will return again and again.

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boston
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The food was good! Creamy polenta with a meat ball mini plate is awesome, we were licking the bowl looking for more! It's a tad bit expensive - pasta is the cheapest thing in the world so to see fettuccini Alfredo at $17 is a bit much- add chicken or shrimp for an additional $7. I would eat here again... More 

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Portsmouth, NH
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Don't waste your time or money at any other Italian restaurant in the area! This place was wonderful. Food was delicious, pastas tasted homemade, awesome bread and oil dip, homemade blue cheese dressing on a delicious side salad, marinara was also great. We loved the chicken with Marsala. Service was excellent and they even offer a diner's club to reward... More 

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Wells, Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

As a local resident of 5 years I try to hit the local places especially the ones that stay open during the off season. I had the opportunity as I had an out of town visitor so we stopped in. Such a nice place great food great service and management who appreciate the locals who keep it going year round.... More 

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Wells, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Food is wonderful. There is a nice wine menu and prices are reasonable. Reservations not accepted so the weekends there is a wait to be seated

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Food was outstanding, HUGE portions. too big my wife and I did not finish our plates. I would prefer smaller dinners and lower prices. but you cant have everything. The Chicken Parm was to die for, my wife had lasagna we loved it. Sauce is just right not bitter not sweet. and the waiter recommended dessert chocolate brownie (shared it)... More 

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Maine
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Went to Varano's with another couple. The wine was excellent, the food delicious. The service was very good and all food came to the table quickly. The brownie for two was a treat and really is enough for 4!! A must have!

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Hartly
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22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This restaurant was located next to our timeshare unit and I am sorry to say that our expectations were not high. What a surprise! The food was VERY good, portions were huge, we all left with food enough for another meal. Service was very good & friendly. We were surprised at the number of people there on a Thursday night... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 60 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4127
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Wells
  • Phone Number: (207) 641-8550

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups

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