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Varano's Italian Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings

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Appetizers, salads, & small plates range 5.95 - 14.95
Entrees range 14.95 - 31.95
Small plates make great individual appetizers, or order three at a discount for a larger party.
Zucchine Fritti
Thinly sliced & lightly battered zucchini, fried golden brown & crisp seasoned w/ cracked pepper & sea salt, served w/ peppercorn crema.
Parmigiano Reggiano
With aged‏ balsamic of modena, homemade apple butter, candied walnuts & truffle honey, served w/ grilled ciabatta bread.
Risotto Fritti
Fried aged carnaroli risotto balls w/ fresh basil & mozzarella served w/ marinara sauce.
Grigliata D'Asparagi
Grilled asparagus wrapped w/ proscuitto finished w/ grated parmigiano reggiano & aged balsamic of modena
Ostriche Al Casino
Fresh local oysters baked w/ a pancetta herb bread topping & served on a bed of sea salt.
Panzanella Di Pomodoro
Ciabatta bread salad w/ maine vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion, cucumber, calamata & tuscan olives, extra virgin olive oil & grated parmigiano-reggiano
Gamberetti Fritti
Fried jumbo shrimp w/ a lemon caper aioli, sea salt & fried parsley
Appetizers for everyone, including our fantastic fried mozzarella cut from the loaf, & a trip to Varano's should always include a taste of our seasonal bruschetta.
Varano's Bruschetta
Local vine-ripe‏ tomatoes tossed in extra virgin olive oil w/ fresh basil, seasoned w/ sea salt & cracked pepper, finished w/ balsamic reduction & fresh grated parmigiano reggiano served on grilled ciabatta bread w/ garlic.
Mozzarella Fritti
Hand cut, breaded & fried to order, served w/ marinara sauce.
Calamari Fritti
Lightly floured calamari deep-fried w/ lemon & served w/ marinara sauce.
Varano Antipasto (for 2)
Italian proscuitto, salami, capicola, assorted marinated olives, pickled vegetables, pickled red onion, tuna in oil, marinated artichoke hearts, shaved asiago & fresh mozzarella w/ balsamic vinaigrette
Cozze Al Vino Bianco
Steamed mussels w/ sauteed garlic, white wine, roma tomatoes, basil & parsley, grilled ciabatta bread.
Homemade piping hot soup & crisp cold salads,
Grilled chicken
Grilled shrimp
Caesar Salad
Crisp romaine lettuce garnished w/ fresh imported mediterranean white anchovy fillets, seasoned croutons & romano cheese, finished w/ varano's homemade caesar dressing,
Salad Supremo
Asparagus, zucchini, vine ripe tomatoes, clamata olives, grilled vidalia onions, baby arugula & radicchio tossed w/ a balsamic dressing topped w/ crisp italian prosciutto & vermont goat cheese.
Seasonal vegetables, green lentils, orecchiette pasta in a savory tomato broth w/ grated pecorino romano & a tuscan toast point,
Burrata Di Caprese
Fresh buffalo milk burrata cheese, heirloom toy box tomatoes, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic of modena, sea salt & cracked pepper
Classic Italian, be sure to try some of our famous homemade meatballs & sweet Italian sausage.
Rigatoni Alla Bolognese
Mortadella, veal, pork, beef, chicken, porcini mushrooms, tomato & cream over rigatoni pasta imported from molise Italy & topped w/ pecorino romano cheese.
Fettucini Alfredo
Lightly tossed w/ butter, parmesan & cream, also w/ chicken.
Lasagna Al Forno
Layered pasta w/ ricotta & romano cheese filling & marinara sauce.
Gnocchi Saute
Pasta sauteed w/ marinara sauce, grated romano, & sweet butter, just like nana used to make.
Homemade cheese-filled ravioli w/ marinara sauce.
Pasta Marinara
Your choice of linguine or penne topped w/ our homemade marinara,
Capellini D'Angelo Al Pomodoro Fresco E Basilico
Angel hair pasta tossed w/ heirloom tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, lemon & our extra virgin olive oil topped w/ grated parmigiano-reggiano.
Le Venziane Penne Mais Al Pesto Genovese
Gluten free corn penne tossed w/ fresh pesto, fingerling potatoes & asparagus, topped w/ grated parmigiano-reggiano.
Ragu Alla Laganne Di Candele Al Forno
Slow cooked lamb ragu w/ fresh peas over long ziti pasta layerred w/ fresh ricotta cheese, sliced vine ripe tomatoes & mozzarella cheese, baked in individual cast iron dutch oven.
Fresh chicken & "real" veal pounded thin, some of our signature & most popular dishes.
Chicken or veal sauteed w/ mushrooms, artichoke hearts & calamata olives in a lemon, white wine & butter sauce.
Chicken or veal rolled w/ proscuitto, spinach & mozzarella sauteed w/ mushrooms in a butter & marsala wine sauce.
Chicken or veal sauteed w/ mushrooms & proscuitto in a butter & marsala wine sauce.
Chicken or veal breaded & fried topped w/ marinara sauce & mozzarella cheese.
Always fresh & delicious, including pei mussels, sea scallops, haddock, atlantic salmon, lobster, calamari, littleneck clams, & jumbo shrimp, all prepared w/ an italian twist.
Gamberi Di Cappesante Con Aragosta
Shrimp, scallop & lobster sauteed w/ fresh English peas in a vodka gorgonzola lobster cream sauce tossed w/ fettuccini.
Frutti Di Mare
Shrimp, littleneck clams, mussels, scallops, & calamari in a spicy marinara sauce, served over linguine.
Vongole E Salse
Littleneck clams sauteed in a white or red sauce w/ olive oil, fresh garlic & oregano, served over linguine.
Merluzzo Alla Vodka
Fresh broiled haddock served topped w/ a maine vine-ripe tomato & basil salad, balsamic glaze & basil oil, served over garlic mashed potatoes.
Gamberi 'Stile Scampi'
Jumbo shrimp sauteed in olive oil, garlic & white wine served over linguine w/ roma tomatoes & baby spinach.
Rich tomato laced seafood stew w/ maine lobster, sea scallops, shrimp, mussels, calamari & clams, served w/ grilled ciabatta bread & a baked parmesan crisp.
Steak, pork, lamb & seafood, all signature recipes & changing w/ the seasons.
Braciole Al Vitello Di Bacon
Grilled thick cut pork chop wrapped w/ smokey veal bacon, basted w/ a balsamic BBQ sauce, served w/ roasted garlic mashed potatoes & fried tabasco onions.
L'Occhio Di Costala Alla Griglia
Grilled bone-in 20 ounce cowboy ribeye served w/ a side of balsamic steak sauce & roasted fingerling potatoes w/ vinegar peppers.
Varano Salsicce
Our homemade sweet Italian sausage served w/ sauteed sweet peppers, onions & tomato sauce over creamy parmesan polenta.
Melanzane Alla Parmigiana
Hand cut, lightly breaded & fried golden brown, finished w/ marinara sauce & melted mozzarella.
Costlette Alla Milanese
Fresh veal chop lightly pounded coated in fresh bread crumbs fried golden brown & crispy, served w/ lemon & a salad of baby arugula, heirloom tomato, red onion, calamata olive & cucumber.
Saturdays Only - Piccole Filetto Di Manzo
Grilled bone-in‏ 12 ounce beef tenderloin served w/ truffle butter, fresh cut French fried w/ sea salt & homemade truffle ketchup.
Filetto Di Vitello
Porcini encrusted veal tenderloin w/ a mushroom ragu, blanched asparagus, creamy romano cheese risotto & veal demi-glace.
Try something sweet, all our desserts are homemade, be sure to ask your server about our seasonal gelato flavor.
House Biscotti
Two homemade pistachio & anise biscotti
Double Chocolate Brownie Supremo
A mega wedge of rich carmel studded brownie w/ vanilla gelato, chocolate ganache, carmel & fresh whipped cream w/ seasonal fruit, (perfect for 2)
Sweetened fresh cream ricotta cheese in a crunchy pastry shell, your choice of: sicilian style w/ citrus ricotta cream, candied orange rind & orange syrup or mini chocolate chip w/ chocolate sauce or chopped pistachios
An Italian favorite, flavored w/ espresso, rum, & coffee liqueur.
Homemade chocolate, vanilla, & seasonal flavors.
Varano Italian Cheesecake
Mascarpone & lemon cheese cake w/ homemade strawberry rhubarb jam
Kids Cheese Ravioli
Homemade cheese filled ravioli w/ marinara sauce.
Kids Chicken Parmigiana
Breaded &‏ fried, topped w/ marinara & melted mozzarella cheese.
Kids Pasta w/ Meatball
Linguine or penne topped w/ our homemade marinara & meatball.
Kids Pasta w/ Sausage
Linguine or‏ penne pasta topped w/ our homemade marinara & sausage.
Kids Pasta w/ Marinara
Linguine or penne pasta topped w/ our homemade marinara sauce.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Warm and inviting dining rooms, friendly staff, and really good, satisfying food-the sauces especially are outstanding. And, they do take out too.....

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank MWitz
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here many times and always or the shrimp scampi, it is awesome!!!! The service has always been great, the bar tender is a great guy and very friendly.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Christine2551
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have lived in Wells, Maine for 10 years and never had eaten at Varano's until recently. The food was amazing and service was great. Complimentary homemade Italian bread was served while we waited. With the bread came a scrumptious mix of balsamic vinegar and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank kedavis4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited Wells many times and have always wanted to try Varano’s. It was a disappointing experience. The atmosphere is nice: fireplace, relaxing, comfortable. The food was not good. We ordered the cheese ravioli and chicken alfredo. The chicken was enjoyable, unfortunately the alfredo...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank TammyC563
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined there this evening with a group of children. Leeann was so kind and attentive. Food was delicious! If we are in the area again we won’t go anywhere else!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Evelyn F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Italian food. I recommend the fried mozzarella to start. I had the chicken parmigiana which was not very hot (I believe that was our waitress' fault) but still delicious. The chicken piccata was also very good. (some one else at out table had that.)

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Karen H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met a group of friends on a busy Saturday night! Had a drink at the bar while we waited which was only 15-20 minutes. We were seated and our waiter was Stuart (sp?). He was wonderful and checked on us several times but not an...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Donna T
Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

We walked in and were greeted very warmly. We ate at the bar. Gordon greeted us and served our delicious wine. Veronica took over as a gracious server. Spinach salad, bread and veal piccata were perfect. She was so much fun to speak to. She...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank MargieFramingham_Ma
RichardVarano, Owner at Varano's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2019

Margie, Thank you for the kind words. We have a wonderful group of servers along with a fantastic kitchen. I'm glad you enjoyed our bar, I really appreciate the shout out for Gordon and Veronica, it means a lot to us and them as well....More

Reviewed 28 January 2019 via mobile

A nice visit on opening day 2019. Wife had a huge plate of chicken parmesan. I had the shrimp scampi minus the tomatoes. A nice warm atmosphere. Grateful, courteous staff. A pleasant start to the season.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Coastalsnoman
RichardVarano, Owner at Varano's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2019

Thank-you for your visit. Our opening evening for the season was a great success. We love all of our customers and we appreciate you taking the time to give us a review.

Reviewed 28 January 2019

My family spends one week a year in Wells/Ogunquit. On our last night, we go out for a big "farewell to Maine" dinner. This year we tried Varano's and it was a hit with everyone from Grandma to toddlers. We all enjoyed everything we ordered...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Kimberly L
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23 March 2018|
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Response from Susan K | Reviewed this property |
I would say yes if you go early. It is not primarily a 'family' restaurant but I believe that they will welcome a well behaved child.
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I have no idea either. Sorry
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