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“Great Food + Awesome Service + Priceless View”
Review of Bar Il Molo

Bar Il Molo
Ranked #14 of 32 Restaurants in Varenna
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We're visiting Varenna as part of a 3+ week honeymoon tour of Italy which has included (thus far: Taormina, Sicily, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast, Vernazza & the Cinque Terre and most recently the Lake Como region). Our experience with food has been a roller coaster to say the least...expensive meals that leave a lot to be desired (and a hole in our wallet) and the more few and far between affordable meal with great service and a priceless view to change your outlook on everything! Tonight was such an occasion!!

We had 1/2 L of the house white (9€)--not the absolute best I've had but still very good, the "Big Salad" (10€), Caprese Salad(7€), and Onion Soup (6€). The big salad certainly did not disappoint!! Loads of fresh ingredients--tomatoes, eggs, beans, ham, sausage, olives and various lettuces. Definitely enough to share among several people as a starter--or in our case to feed one hungry guy.
The Caprese was on the smaller side but I was relieved to have flavorful mozzarella and fresh (not mealy) tomatoes. Not as much fresh basil as I would prefer but it certainly did the job. Especially when most others are double the cost.
The star of the show though was the onion soup! For 6€ it was the perfect hot, creamy, homemade goodness I wanted for this chilly evening. Packed with flavor I will definitely return before we leave for another bowl. Served with toast. We sopped up every drop!

There's free wifi, views that are to die for and complimentary blankets which made all the difference on this chilly night. The servers are friendly, helpful, and polite and don't scoff too much at our horribly poor Italian (they also speak perfect English but we can't help but make an attempt!)
This is not a Michelin star restaurant but at a total bill of under 30€ for two very full & happy travelers I would say that's a 5 star experience any day!! We will gladly return!

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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

Took the ferry across to Varenna while spending a week in Cadenabbia. Dropped in for a coffee at the Il Molo and were instantly mesmerised by the views across the small bay.
After a worthwhile trek up to the castle we returned for a well earned beer and bruschetta. Once again the refreshments and service couldn't be faulted not that it would have mattered with the view on offer.

Thank Hemingby
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

This restaurant had really good mushroom pasta with white sauce. My husband had a huge salad. It has a huge selection of pasta, salads, pizza. It also had free wi-fi

Thank Susan B
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We enjoyed a large brushcetta each, in fact, we could have shared it, as it was such a large serving. The house red is pretty good and reasonably priced.

For main course, we had penne alla amatriciana, which was quite good, but not outstanding.

It was raining the night we were there, and we were the only people in the restaurant for most of the time. There was nobody around in the village or in the other restaurants either, so it wasn't just Il Molo. On the day we arrived, it was sunny, and this place was packed. It's located on the harbourfront, which is a big attraction, especially on a beautiful day.

This is a good place to go for a pasta and use the free WiFi while you're there.

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Thank MumTheOrganiser
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

we had a breakfast (at the attached B&B) - very good and not expensive. overlooking the lake great views. We had lunch another day the pizza was OK - the view and the wine were great.

Thank loyahayes
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