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Varano's Italian Restaurant

60 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4127
(207) 641-8550
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Ranked #4 of 60 Restaurants in Wells
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I finally made it to Varano's Italian Restaurant last month and walked out with a smile in our bellies. If you're used to the Olive Garden kind of food (which can be good, don't get me wrong) this will be a step up. The menu is extensive with options for vegetarians like ourselves, though we opted to... More

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Metro Boston
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A nice place for a good traditional Italian dinner, nothing overly special, but standards done well. Alfredo was freshly made and tasted of cream and parmigiano Reggiano and not a generic white sauce. The Bolognese included a generous serving of pork, veal and beef, my only criticism would be that it didn't really coat the pasta well. Nice wine list,... More

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Wells, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Always great food and lots of different choices. The steaks and pasta dishes are very authentic Italian and they are always very good portions, so although the prices are a little higher just know you will be getting more than an average plate for a meal. Also the minestrone soup here is the best I have ever had. For dinner... More

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New England
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Love Varanos. I've been eating out in area for more than twenty years and this place is the best Italian good around. The pasta is well cooked the portions are large and the good is always fresh and tasty. The apps are just the right size and very creative and good. It can be a bit loud. If your going... More

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Farmington, Connecticut
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148 reviews 148 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant does not take reservation because they don't have to. There was a 25 minute wait at 7:00 PM on a Thursday night. We were a couple so they had a 2 seat available immediately. We decided to order a salad to split rather than a tossed salad with our dinners since the difference was minimal. The salad was... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great food. Portions will give you leftovers for late night snacks or lunch the next day. Excellent quality. Friendly, friendly management, and a restaurant that knows how to mix a drink, and offers and excellent wine list. Great for families, couples, or even if you're traveling alone. This restaurant knows how to welcome all diners.

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Wells, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Love the food. Have tried many different dishes and liked them all. Nice wine selection also. Very busy on weekends so you will have to wait to be seated but they have a large bar downstairs to wait in. Dining room is not handicap accessible but if you call ahead they will serve you dinner in the bar area.

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White River Junction, Vermont
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had not heard of this place, which is just off Post Road on Mile Road. It was recommended to us by a waitress at a cocktail bar. It was very good. The location is great, the decor is very nice. The service is very good. I had the pork chop dinner, which was very tasty, however the chop was... More

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We went to Varano's this past Saturday evening, 4 of us and, as always, everything was excellent...really! We have been going there for many years and have never been disappointed. Their veal is THE BEST! Service is friendly and always attentive, the host, Roger, is just the nicest man and truly knows how to run an excellent restaurant. We love... More

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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I guess I'm biased being from New York (upstate) and having eaten at dozens of great Italian restaurants (famous and not so famous) from the Saratoga area down to NYC, but had an unexpected EXCELLENT dining experience here on a recent family vacation. I had a seafood dish (shrimp, lobster, haddock) in a white wine/Alfredo sauce and it was worth... More

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