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“worth the hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Crotto di Pino

Crotto di Pino
Ranked #23 of 32 Restaurants in Varenna
Price range: $36 - $142
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: It is a typical Italian restaurant with homemade dishes of the area and a wonderfull view of the central part of the lake of Como in Italy.
Varenna, Italy
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134 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“worth the hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

excellent food a tad on the expensive side, served perched above Fiume Latte in Pino...off Via per Pino and up, up, up you go follow asfault under train tracks and you will find in 10 minutes...cool walk, bring your cameras.

Visited April 2012
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Reasonble price and food quality”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

Up on top of the hill, provided good view of lake como

  • Visited March 2012
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83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Good food, great food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2011

Ate lunch here. Tasty local food. Amazing views. Enjoyable experience

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1 Thank JC_Malmo
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“don't miss this italian food experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2011

Just book your table there, really! Visiting this breathtaking part of Italy, Crotto di Pino only completed the amazing experience of exploring the authentic part of the country. Our friends brought us to this hidden-jewel restaurant, where the spectacular view was paired with generosity and genuine hospitality from the restaurant owner and his family. When you sit outside in the balcony overlooking the lake, you did not expect to be any more impressed for the night. Contrary to our expectations, our well-trained tasting buds with some of the world's best cuisines were highly impressed with Fabio's art of cooking. We tasted the highly craved authentic italian food, the one that allows the flavor and aroma of each fresh ingredient to participate in a celebration in your mouth. Pasta with super fresh seafood from the lake, grilled shrimp with a out-of-this-world flavor with crispy greens, a divine forest berry and fluffy light mascarpone dessert only to perfectly complement the meal. This four course meal will be remembered as one of our most special nights in Italy. Fabio thank you for the experience and for the incredible bottle of wine you gave us as a souvenir! We plan to be back with the first opportunity!

  • Visited June 2010
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Orono, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A gastronomic experience of a life time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2011

We have been traveling to the Lago di Como for the last few years and one of the reasons we decided to reside for a few months during the summer in that area, is because of Crotto di Pino restaurant and its chef, Fabio and his fabulous team. The restaurant is a window to the lake with the Alpes rising in front of your eyes. The atmosphere is magical especially in the evening when the lights of the Lago di Como towns come on. What can you say about "fabulous" Fabio and his assistant "super" Lily? The man is a magician when it comes to preparing impromptu dishes made of local ingredients and in-season., Even though, there is an extensive menu, we like to challenge him by asking him to prepare meals for us, and it is always perfection!!! The wine list is also extensive including many regional wines and he always proposes the best wines to match the meal. Also, his friendly disposition and family-like atmosphere make this place a "must " when visiting the central part of Lago di Como. Buon appetito!!! Dorothea and Miltos

  • Visited July 2010
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