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Il Cavatappi

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Via XX Settembre 10, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 815349
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sun 12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
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Lioux, France
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate here on two occasions and had great food, inside is a kittle cramped, we found the waiting staff attentive but a little off hand at times, we would re-visit because of the quality of the food

Thank ann1952parkes
Oakland, California
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165 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just up the hill/steps in a smaller alley. Get a reservation, ask to sit outside. Even if it is raining there is a bridge over top that creates shelter. We had a sunny evening though. There are only 3 tables outside. All dishes looked good, but we enjoyed Fresh orecchiette pasta with swordfish and Sicilian pesto (€ 12) and Loin... More 

Thank GPToak
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As most reviewers have commented, the food here is very good indeed, and so too is the service. Reservations in high season are a must. It is a tiny venue, and inside, can be a bit stuffy or even too warm. Don't let that put you off though!

Thank MacCheltenham
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and service! We did not have a reservation on a Friday night yet we were able to get a table without a wait (very lucky). They had good selection of Italian wines to choose from. I ordered the beef filet with au gratin potatoes, and my wife got the ravioli with spinach and ricotta. My filet was one... More 

Thank Atraurig
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chef Ricardo and his team served our best meal while we were in the lake como region. Seasonal vegetables, salmon with purple potatoes and a pecorino spinach ravioli that was the best pasta dish we've had to date. His grandmothers orchiaetta dish with fennel and swordfish is out of this world. Do yourself a favor and dine here when in... More 

1 Thank John M
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great. The staff were very attentive, the meat was cooked to perfection. Great mix of local cuisine and your usual favourites. The place is always busy so make sure you book in advance (a day or two before will do).

Thank Brenton P
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very cosy and small restaurant. Very friendly staff, very good food. Price/quality very good deal as well! Make sure to make a reservation a couple of days before you go to be sure you can be seated (reservation can be made in English)

Thank LR0123
United States
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the carefully prepared food and welcome we received in this tiny restaurant, particularly the shrimp pasta and excellent house wine. Sad to see a couple of reserved tables left empty and would encourage customers to call and cancel rather than being no-shows.

Thank Carmen2294621
Farnham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had read about the restaurant before we travelled and so booked ahead (which I'd recommend). We emailed and Giuseppe replied promptly confirming our reservation. The restaurant nestles in the tiny streets between the main coastal rd and the lake. A few beautiful tables outside (unless it's just two of you you will be eating inside) the restaurant is very... More 

Thank IJP9754
London SW
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a delicious meal served by lovely people in a delightful setting. The menu was small but everything was imaginative, fresh and very tasty. We booked the day before and they could only offer us a table in the street but this was fortuitous as it was cool and very quiet. The steak was tender and cooked to perfection... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via XX Settembre 10, 23829 Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: +39 0341 815349

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?