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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
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Sun - Sat 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sun 12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great meal and wonderful ambiance. The inside seating area has a handful of tables, with three or four outside. Reservations critical, but we secured a place the day before. Depending upon your table location, you can view the chefs preparing your wonderful in a very small space. Good local wines; great service.

Thank John M
Princeton, New Jersey
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an intimate, professional restaurant with excellent regional food. There are only about 7 tables inside (a few more outside), with clear views of the small kitchen. The small staff is there to please, with good but not overwhelming attention. The small menu is well balanced between fish and meat choices, and the pasta is prepared just right. They... More 

Thank stuart k
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Prepare to be amazed by this wonderful, tasty and good looking dishes in a small gourmet restaurant! We have served two main dishes and two deserts that were almost perfect! The waiters are also very nice and respectful.

Thank Adrian C
Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Il Cavatappi last night with my family. The setting is very quaint and authentic. The food was fresh and authentic and the wine was excellent. Can't rate highly enough. They were also sensitive to our gluten free child.

Thank Paul R
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this on TripAdvisor, listed as the No.1 restaurant in Varenna. We haven't tried the others but I can understand why it has been voted No.1. The food was delicious - I had the special menu and my wife had tuna carpaccio to start, followed by freshly homemade spaghetti with shrimp. The wine was superb. We had dessert with... More 

Thank RobinMelley
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best meal we had in Varenna. Charming host and excellent service outdone only by the truly phenomenal food. This is a restaurant in the classic tradition of Italian dining. One seating for dinner where the focus is on the quality of the food and the dining experience rather than the number of tables turned in factory style. Do make a... More 

Thank NewYorkRob1
Marin County, CA
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We capped off our 2 week sojourn through Italy with dinner at Il Cavatappi and what a great choice it was. High above Varenna, the restaurant is in a centuries-old building oozing charm. We were greeted by the chef/owner warmly, then treated to a multi-course meal of local favorites. The fish ravioli was amazing! The whole meal was superb as... More 

Thank ElliotL
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little place off the beaten track, in a little alley without a view but the food more than makes up for that. Lovely and helpful staff too. All courses were fantastic and perfectly sized, although we couldn't muster dessert because it was just a bit too much!

Thank Richard Q
S Derbyshire
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunch for two people, 3 courses + 1 bottle wine (€24) totalled €107. Excellent value as the food was delicious. Interesting menu, fresh. Only 5 tables inside + 3 out so booking essential if you are more than 2 people.

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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had fantastic gnocchi in this restaurant. One of the few places that served realy good food on our trip around lake Como. If you are in Varenna skip the whole tourist trap area and make sure to in this restaurant!

Thank Juan C

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
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?