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“"Where the locals eat"” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Albergo Del Sole

Albergo Del Sole
17 Piazza San Giorgio, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 830755
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Ranked #15 of 28 Restaurants in Varenna
Cuisines: Pizza
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Newcastle
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“"Where the locals eat"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Varenna is a delightful, non-touristy spot on Lake Como. Our hosts at Villa Albertina recommended this restaurant - "it's where the locals eat".

Three of had lunch in the picturesque Piazza San Giorgio at Albergo Del Sole. It was a lovely sunny afternoon so we sat outside in the piazza. It was terrific.

We had pizza diavola (8.5 E), pork cutlet (9 E), lake fish with butter and sage (11E), sides of insalata verde (6) and potatoes (5), a litre of vino della casa rosso (11), a litre of aqua minerale frizzante (2.5), and a couple of coffees.

Northern Italian bread is always disappointing, so the restaurant cannot be blamed for this shortcoming.

The pizza (tomato, mozzarella and spicy salami) was large, had a thin crisp crust, and was delicious. The potatoes were – well – potatoes. The pork was tender, the fish was OK, and the salad was extra fresh.

With coperto (2 Euro per person), the bill was a very reasonable 62 EUR. Definitely value for money in a restaurant recommended and frequented by the locals.

On another cold and wet day, two of us ate inside in pleasant surroundings.

We had a bottle of excellent Cusumano Nero D’Avola 2011 (Euro 15), and shared penne arrabbiata (tomato, garlic, chilli and parsley) for 6 euro, followed by funghi e prosciutto pizza (8.5), plus 1L of aqua (2.50). Everything was excellent, although the pasta was slightly past al dente.

Recommended!

Visited April 2013
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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Just good food, wine and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Albergo del Sole was suggested to us by the owner of where we were staying. It was not disappointing. Three nights in a row we ate there. Different meals each night. Each one as good as the previous. Our favorite dishes were fresh grilled fish from the lake, and the wonderful spaghetti with mussels. Along with a liter of vino rosso, the meals were excellent. And Enzo and his staff were very warm and gracious. A perfect evening before a night of romantic walking along the shore of Lake Como's Varenna.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“good food, good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

good value and pleasant pizzeria in central location. friendly service. avoid tour groups by sitting outside when weather permits.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Plymouth, MA
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
“Affordable, convenient, satisfying meal.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Since many of the restaurants in Varenna require a reservation or don't start serving til 7pm, it's nice to have some place you can go that won't break the bank, has a wide menu, and tasty food. I found that to be entirely true at Albergo Del Sole. My husband and I shared a pizza, and the veal , both were excellent. There were some tourists, but also locals in the restaurant, which to me is always a good sign. This isn't someplace to go for a fancy, romantic meal, but somewhere to relax and leave with a full belly!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We liked this place so much our first night in Varenna that we came here all three nights! The food was wonderful and the staff was so warm and friendly.

Visited October 2012
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