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Il Cavatappi

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Via XX Settembre 10, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 815349
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sat 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kaunas, Lithuania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Perfect Silvester dinner, excellent food and wine, all our family was happy. Service was as for fine dining in this very small restaurant for a reasonable price. Thank you!

Thank Gilvydas
Johannesburg, South Africa
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

We read about this restaurant on TA and it was better than the reviews - out of this world! So intimate and the food exquisite. You can look into the small kitchen and marvel at the three people in there producing such quality - was entertaining. The setting is peaceful and quiet and the menu delicately chosen. We found some... More 

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New Orleans, LA
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

We had an amazing meal in this tiny restaurant (I believe it seats 14 people....I counted!) I had the lamb, which was fabulous! I believe my husband had the lasagna which he said was superb! The service was excellent. Reserve in advance if you want a meal in this lovely restaurant!

Thank JEMNewOrleans_LA
Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

We had a lovely dinner at this quaint restaurant. The names means Corkscrew in Italian and there is a display of old corkscrews on the wall. We were entertained watching through the window into the kitchen and seeing the 2 chefs cook each meal. We enjoyed perfectly cooked gnocchi with parma ham and a flavorful fish entrée. The restaurant is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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179 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Ristorante Il Cavatappi is a delightful dining experience for both its meals and its service; but it is also quite small so advanced reservations are mandatory.

Thank JourneyImaged
St. Louis, MO. USA
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57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Knowing that we would be in Varenna on my wife's birthday, I booked Il Cavatappi since I knew it's reputation and small size. To say that was a great decision is an understatement. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere was amazing. The star of the show, of course, was the food, which was outstanding! We ordered some local Pino... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

There are limited number of seats so I recommend to call and reserve. We were lucky to have a table because someone cancelled a reservation. The couple who came in after use were not accommodated and they reserved a table for the next day. We ordered some pasta and steak and it was divine. Their dishes are quite simple yet... More 

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Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
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115 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Il Cavatappi was superb - professional service, outstanding food, and reasonable prices. I had the best ravioli ever - with a buttery sauce and stuffed with ricotta and spinach, and my husband had steak, served with potatoes au gratin. For starters we had a plate of goat cheese, vegetables, olives, and local salami. There were no contorni (sides) on the... More 

Thank Donna B
Surrey, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We booked a table here after reading favourable reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed as the food was excellent.

Thank thejulio2016
Irvine, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We traveled though Italy over a 4 week period and this was probably our favorite restaurant of all. The restaurant is intimate and tucked away on a little side street. My husband had the lasagne and said it was the best he's ever eaten (and he grew up in an Italian-American family). You definitely need a reservation. Great service too--highly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 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?