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“Amazing dinner”
Review of Il Cavatappi

Il Cavatappi
Ranked #1 of 32 Restaurants in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

So glad we were able to get a table here. Staff and restaurant very charming. The food was great-- we had the burratta caprese salad and tuna carpaccio, then shared the amazing lasagna and a cheese plate for dessert!

Thank SherryHua
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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

We were so impressed that ended up going twice during our five day stay in Varenna. The food and service were excellent, and the ambiance inside was pleasant with nice tables and decoration. You don't get lake views but it is located in a lovely Varenna alley.

1  Thank Slowloris75
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

Skip the lake side touristy spots and book a table here. (Definitely call or email in advance to reserve at peak season.) It's on the pricer side (a bottle of wine, appetizer, pasta and main, dessert split for two will run 70 euro) but worth it. The food is spectacular and much more inventive than the other spots, and the service is lovely. The tuna tartare and the gnocchi are particularly good! Remember this is Italy - dinners are marvelously slow.

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2  Thank Clara S
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at Il Cavatappi! This was one our our top meals while on our 2 month holiday in Italy! Very small & intimate restaurant. Wait service is extremely attentive and the preparation of the food was nothing short of spectacular. We started with an appetizer of Burrata with tomatoes followed by my husband enjoying a lamb dish while I enjoyed a superbly cooked beef dish. Since we are both chocoholics we ordered the chocolate desert with pistachios! Of course the meal was accompanied by a delicious red wine. This is a restaurant that needs reservations several weeks in advance as it is very small.

1  Thank LorrieRose
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

The host of our B&B recommended this place and we went there for dinner without a reservation, luckily we were able to get the last available table.

It's a small restaurant located in a quiet alley. Can be found easily using google map. There's only around 12 seats inside and a few seats outside.

We had some drinks, a gnocchi in tomato sauce, a shrimp spaghetti in zucchini sauce, and finally dessert of the day, a vanilla cream with biscuits on top.

The homemade gnocchi was simple yet delicious, flavorful and cooked perfectly. The shrimp was also cooked perfectly and the zucchini sauce went well with the shrimp. The little cup of vanilla cream was out of this world! It was so delicious, creamy, smooth, yet light and airy. Crunchy biscuits on top gave it a great balance. The dishes we ordered may seem simple, but they were sophisticated and executed perfectly.

Service was excellent, the two servers were professional and polite. Price was very reasonable considering its top quality.

All in all, don't miss it when you are in Varenna. Do make reservation in advance! We wanted to have dinner there again the next day, but it's fully booked.

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1  Thank MichelleLeeCK
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