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“Gorgeous setting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Contrada

La Contrada
Ranked #21 of 32 Restaurants in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Gorgeous setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

We sat outdoors by a delightful fountain and enjoyed a delicious meal that began with a treat from the chef (a mini mussel stew) and ended with gelato and wild berries. The pastas and meats were perfect. Service attentive and friendly.

Visited October 2012
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2 Thank DDDGirl
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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English first
Halifax
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Magical setting on the terrace of Hotel Villa Cipressi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

We happened upon this restaurant within the Hotel Villa Cipressi whilst returning to Varenna from a trek up to the castle (trek being the operative word!) - and were desperately in need of some refinement. Success! We emerged from the dark interior in the bright terrace overlooking Lake Como and remeniscent of an HD screensaver of the ideal view for lunch!

Sparkling glasses and cutlery on crisp virgin table linen greeted us, along with a lovely waitress who spoke Italian to us - which was a pleasant change as they all seem to immediately talk back to us in English even when our best Italian pronounciation is attempted.

Six oysters and two glasses of prosecco was an irresistable aperitif - followed by excellent pasta (and variations from the norm which added a bit of variety - very good).

Great value for such excellent service and setting - would highly recommend and seriously wish that I could go there all the time.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank LizzieBHalifax
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Florida
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105 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Interesting menu; great food, presentation and service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2011

This is a small restaurant. Reservations recommended.

Visited October 2011
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2 Thank MandR818
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Houston, Texas
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great meal!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

Their recommendation of wine was right on! And the food was great. But the restaurant was not real busy, probably due to it being the end of October.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Strick3
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Scotland
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2011

Enjoyed a beautiful dinner served on the terrace of the Villa Cipressi overlooking Lake Como. Food was excellent and matched by the beautiful surroundings.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dougie7352
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