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Il Cavatappi

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Via XX Settembre 10, 23829 Varenna, Italy
+39 0341 815349
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Thu - Tue 12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My daughter and I had a fabulous meal here on Thursday evening. We shared the 'baked risotto' dish to start and it was so interesting and so tasty we just knew we were in safe hands for the main courses. The service in this tiny restaurant (we counted 15 covers) was welcoming, friendly and professional and it was great to... More 

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189 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At dinner the restaurant was full and we counted only about 15 people, so it's best to book ahead. The lone waiter who served us speaks good English and is such a kind gentleman. I had the home made pasta with shrimps which had a very good sauce and great shrimps, and the lake trout which was ok. I like... More 

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Canmore, Canada
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254 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was fortunate to score a reservation at this very small restaurant (on pedestrian passage XX Settembre, a hundred metres from the main square) on the day that they reopened after their winter break. (Yes, spring starts in March in Varenna!) My table was waiting for me, and the guy sitting at the next table advised that they had already... More 

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Kaunas, Lithuania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 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!

1 Thank Gilvydas
Johannesburg, South Africa
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 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 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 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!

1 Thank JEMNewOrleans_LA
Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 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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184 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 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.

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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 3 November 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 

1 Thank Bethalto
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 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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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
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?