We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“'A must visit'”

Hosteria del Platano
Ranked #16 of 32 Restaurants in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$47
Cuisines: Italian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Hereford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“'A must visit'”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

As a surprise for my wifes 60th birthday, I arranged for us to stay at Fiumelatte, a little village just south of Varenna.
I wanted to visit a lovely local restaurant on her birthday and decided to book a table at the Hosteria del Platano.
This place is a little gem with excellent meal selection using local ingredients and cooked to perfection.
I also pre planned a birthday cake which Norma freshly baked and brought to the table following our main course.
I could not have asked for more.
We enjoyed our meal so much we went back on another evening - same excellent result.
You must try this place - you will not regret it.
Thank you Norma.

  • Visited March 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank peterclayton52
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hosteria D, Direttore at Hosteria del Platano, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
Thank you so much! it has been a big pleasure to have had you in our restaurant.... we are very happy you have enjoed our food!!!...And we areally hope to welcome you again in the next future! Wishing you all the best, we remain with our best regards...! : )
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

167 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    91
    50
    12
    8
    6
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
309 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant, great food”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

After the long but very scenic walk (from Varenna, very recommended) we arrived at Fiumelatte and my friend suggested to have lunch at this lovely restaurant. She had been there before and said it was really good. And she was right. We sat on the patio and enjoyed a nice lunch with a glass of Italian wine. The people who own the place also serve and so we struck up a nice conversation. The only downside is that the main road is right in front of the restaurant. But we were lucky and it was not too noisy. But the friendly service and good food definitely make up for it.

  • Visited June 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Kluane
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hosteria D, Direttore at Hosteria del Platano, responded to this review, 7 February 2014
Thank you for your kind words and your time!!! we really hopeto welcoming soon in the next future.Best regards
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Our favorite in all of Italy!”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

What an absolute beautiful setting and delightful meals we had the pleasure of experiencing at Norma's restaurant. Norma, so wonderful and thoughtful, went out of her way to make us feel welcome and to teach us about the delectable food we were about to feast on. This became our restaurant of choice while in Lake Como. Whether enjoying a morning latte or a delicious meal after exploring all day, Hosteria del Platano was a warm and cozy space to retreat to and eat a delicious meal while watching the sun set on the lake. The memories made here became some of our favorite in all of our travels across Italy! Picturesque, exquisite and poetic!

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Kenneth3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hosteria D, Direttore at Hosteria del Platano, responded to this review, 23 November 2013
Thank you!!! And we hope to see you again!!!! Alll the best!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Calmar, Iowa
1 review
“Comme a la masion translated means "Like home". How true, how true.”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Adventuring in to this cozy restaurant was delightful. Norma's warm greeting and gentle demeanor will set you at ease straight away. The meal selections were regionally varied palate pleasers, enjoyed by all around our table of seven. The Lake Como fresh fish entrees were highly praised by the fishers among us. Norma's suggestions for meal wines was spot on. The deserts are a must! I have one regret. Our group came too late in the season to indulge in the appetizer with olive oil from the family olive grove. Norma told us they start their harvest in November. I would love to help with that!
All-in-all, a wonderfully delicious meal in so many ways.

  • Visited September 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Steven R N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Melbourne
Level 6 Contributor
325 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“A great local restaurant in Fiumelatte.”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We were staying in Fiumelatte so Hosteria del Platano was a great place, and the ONLY place to have dinner. Norma's cooking is great; it is authentic Italian and in addition to her freshly made pastas, bread, dried lake fish etc... her locally made olive oil is fabulous too.

Hosteria del Plantano is also great for your hit of coffee in the mornings. My husband called in most morning when we were en route to Varenna on foot.

The restaurant has an alfresco area beneath the beautiful Plane tree, which is where the restaurant takes its' name. The dining room is cavern like and rustic.

There is a parking area just across the street from the restaurant.

Norma is a local and is very helpful in anything you may want to know about the area.

We just wished we dined here more than once during our stay!

  • Visited September 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Grandview301
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Hosteria del Platano also viewed

Varenna, Lake Como
Varenna, Lake Como
 
Varenna, Lake Como
 

Been to Hosteria del Platano? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing