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“Quirky restaurant with great food”

La Cucina della Marianna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $60
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
236 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Quirky restaurant with great food”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

This place was mentioned time and time again in our guide book so we asked our hotel where it was. Thankfully we choose a Tuesday night as they are not open on a Monday, as with many other businesses in the area.

When we arrived there was no one else but were told they were open by the young waiter, and within half an hour our people started to arrive. The owner came out to greet us and lead us across the road to the lakeside dining area. Before he let us sit down he took the time to explain that it was a set menu, changing each day, and that Aubergine was the theme of the day. The views are great, looking out over to Bellagio and Varenna while the sun sets and the villas light up.

What followed were four courses of expert cooking. Simple but well prepared and full of surprises. Who could have guessed you can have Aubergine dessert! Fully satisfied we went inside for the bill. The owner was pleasent and golly as he wrote up the bill telling us he didn't like to charge for drinks which did not have alcohol in them.

Great meal, time and location.

  • Visited July 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Buono”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

This is a charming place to spend an evening looking out at the lake. The owners are delightful and the "non democratic" menu is a wonderful way to experience a meal that has been put together by someone who cares. The owners have figured out a formula that pleases tourists, and I was glad to see some Italian reviews on here as I was concerned that when I sat down, there were only non Italian speaking tourists, which can often be a bad sign. I had 3 courses, and my first, the cheese and chicory strudel had me disappointed and worried, as the primary taste was of dried out filo pastry, but the ravioli filled with polenta and cheese redeemed my hopes. The main meat course was a lemon roasted veal which had been slow roasted for 5 hours accompanied by a potato side that was nearly stone cold.
While I enjoyed and appreciated the humor and the atmosphere and the unique service, unless you are staying here and paying the discounted rate, I felt La Cucina to be expensive for the quality of the food.

  • Visited May 2012
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hawaii
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30 reviews
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“Una vera bonta”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

The all vegetarian meal was incredible. Each bite, each dish more beautiful than the last one! There was a stuffed pepper dish- best I have ever eaten... Was perfection! Best meal of Lake Como!

Visited October 2011
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London
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Another fantastic meal at La Cucina della Marianna”
Reviewed August 10, 2011

We stayed at the B&B above this restaurant and booked in for La Cucina della Marianna on the Sunday evening for dinner. There is a set menu for each day - providing 4 courses. You can choose how many courses you would like to have - special for guests staying upstairs is 30 euros for all 4 courses. We had the most fantastic meal here - every course was amazing. Would highly recommend!

  • Visited July 2011
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Cislago, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
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“The most authentic, delicious, affordable place--a MUST for visitors to Lake Como”
Reviewed July 9, 2011

This charming romantic small lovely restaurant located on Lake Como just outside Menaggio is what everyone dreams of finding in Italy. There is a terrace on the Lake for good weather. The menu is composed daily by the owner/chef, using only the finest and freshest local ingredients. The cuisine is traditional Italian food, served beautifully, in a four-course service or you can pick and choose among the courses. The offerings change daily, but there is no choice you must choose from the platters offered that day. So check the web for updated daily menus. The wines are good and affordable, let the chef recommend a local wine to go with the meal. We are regulars, and there is no place better for a Sunday lunch outside on the terrace on the lake.

  • Visited July 2011
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