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Il Cavatappi

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Via XX Settembre 10, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 815349
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Hours:
Sat - Sun 12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
Sat 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing food in exquisite miniature restaurant

We stopped in Varenna to eat and take a walk on our way back from the Alps, but most restaurants were closed after the New Year's holiday. Il Cavatappi was a complete chance encounter. As we peaked into the tiny restaurant (16 seats), a reservation had failed to turn up, so we got their table. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
mc_manzini
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We stopped in Varenna to eat and take a walk on our way back from the Alps, but most restaurants were closed after the New Year's holiday. Il Cavatappi was a complete chance encounter. As we peaked into the tiny restaurant (16 seats), a reservation had failed to turn up, so we got their table. The food was fantastic, with... More 

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Thank mc_manzini
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We were in Varenna/Bellagio just two short nights on our two week drive through Italy, and used the recommendations both from Rick Steve's and Tripadvisor to eat here our first night, and enjoyed it so much the first night, we went back for the second. Two of the finest meals in my life. No complaints for all dishes ordered. As... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We were in Varenna in early November, on a slow evening, and stopped in to see if they had a table for 4 available. Luckily they did, but shortly after we arrived there few additional tables filled with reserved parties, plus others stopped in hoping to get a table, but they were full. Our waiter was sweet and attentive, and... More 

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Squamish, Canada
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We reserved and glad that we did! What a wonderful meal and the service couldn't be beat. Everything from the appe' to the dessert was delicious. Diffidently recommend this restaurant, one of the best meals that we had in Italy.

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Orange County, California
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We were lucky to be seated so I advise to plan ahead, as the restaurant is quite small. We had one of the best Caprese salads that I have ever had. I also highly recommend the Spinach ravioli. Overall it was a delightful dinner and evening.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Our meal, starting with the greeting until the we left after dessert, was amazing. The server was very attentive and the food was as wonderful as any we've had on our trip through Italy. We had a delightful wine, amazing gnocchi and eggplant and the best chocolate terrine I could ever imagine exists. We found this place by accident, while... More 

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Boston
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

I ate here with my new wife on our honeymoon. We sat at one of the three tables outside and it was amazing. Although sitting outside is not elegant as you sit in the alleyway with people walking by, it was an amazing experience and a way to take on all of the Italian experience. the service was extremely attentive... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We enjoyed great service from a very professional, attentive, helpful and caring server. His need to ensure we had a good experience was palpable. The lamb and lasagna were both excellent. Our traveling companion who had the lasagna remarked, "this is the best meal I've had in two trips to Italy". This is a very small restaurant. They were completely... More 

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San Francisco, California
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We chose to dine here based on a recommendation from our hotel and the other TripAdvisor reviews, and it was one of the best dinner experiences on our trip to Italy. As others have mentioned, the restaurant is small so reservations are highly recommended, even towards the off-season. The service was wonderful. Our waiter was very friendly, helpful, and conversational... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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73 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This a relatively small restaurant, so reservations are a must. The highlights of our meal were the pastas and the cheese plate for dessert. We had a grilled sea bream, which was okay but a little dry. Service was attentive.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via XX Settembre 10, 23829 Varenna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lombardy  >  Lake Como  >  Varenna
  • Phone Number: +39 0341 815349

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday
12:05 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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