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“Twice in four nights!”
Review of Borgovino

Borgovino
Ranked #13 of 32 Restaurants in Varenna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$28
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We were in the third location of a four stop trip to Italy when we discovered this gem. We had traveled from the Midwest in the United States and at this point in our trip we were seeking a quaint experience of a small town without the lines of tourists found in Florence. A lovely traveler at our hotel suggested we try Borgovino and the recommendation was better than anticipated. We did not know that reservations were needed sometimes and entered the beautiful restaurant at 7:45 or so. Marco, the fabulous waiter that became our friend greeted us and while they were full, welcomed us to a lovely table outside. Marco led is through the menu and steered us to epicurean delight with the house special pasta, and entrees of beef and pork. Eliza came to assist us throughout our meal and it was perfectly and simply prepared. One of the things I loved most about the dining experience in Italy as a whole was the use of great fresh ingredients that allowed you to enjoy the pure flavor. Many times there is a competition of flavors and creativity in the US that becomes a story about the chef rather than the confidence of a few great ingredients, prepared perfectly that claims the intrinsic flavors of the food itself. The chef at Borgovino has this at its finest.

Do not for a moment think the flavor or presentation was simple---it was filled with the strength and confidence of understanding her skill did not need a myriad of culinary adjectives to convey her message. The roasted rosemary potatoes, the filet of beef---perfection!

Marco and Eliza were both helpful, welcoming and happy. We enjoyed the entire experience we returned again. We had four nights in this lovely town and while our other meals provided sustenance, there was no comparison.

Enjoy!

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2  Thank Dannieryan
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

My boyfriend and I visited this restaurant on a Sunday, which is apparently a pretty slow night in Varenna. Some restaurants closed entirely. We made a reservation, which was unnecessary for us but on a busy night I think would have been useful as it is a fairly small space. The service was excellent, our waiter was very friendly and I was impressed by his perfect English. They had some interesting and tasty dishes--my boyfriend had their specialty dish, which was a delicious pasta cooked in red wine instead of water. We also shared the salumi plate, which our waiter sliced fresh right next to us...yum. We shared a bottle of red wine that was one of the best I had on our 2 week trip in Italy, for only 18 euro! Overall I would highly recommend for their great service, great value, and delicious food.

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3  Thank SarahRenee1990
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Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Was in Varenna for 5 days last week and visited this restaurant twice. Great food and wine at a good price. Lovely cosy traditional surrounding with friendly staff and great service. Perfect for a long relaxed lunch or dinner while tasting a range of good wines.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Despite fully acceptable food quality and above average wine, this place just did not work for us.
Ordering a glass of house wine to consume while deciding on the meal turned out to be impossible as the whole wine list was available by the glass. The waiter insisted on making an extensive presentation and our attempt to stop him, and obtain a glass of wine, resulted in our being informed that "this is how we do it here sir" .and a sarcastic "I hope that you enjoyed that sir".
The other major problem is the table spacing, which is almost none existent. Despite the restaurant being relatively empty, an American couple, including a very loud attention seeking female, elected to sit within a few inches of us. She appeared more interested in us than the person she was with.
We escaped immediately after the main course and went elsewhere for desert and coffee.
Overall, not a pleasant experience, particularly as my credit card which was accepted at lunchtime and on the following morning , was refused.

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4  Thank Cedric324
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

On the last day of our week in the Italian Lakes we visited Varenna, a picturesque town on Lake Como. Unfortunately the weather was rather damp so we ducked into this restaurant in search of lunch. We weren't disappointed, it was small but cozy and intimate with attractive rock walls and tastefully decorated. We had two courses ,I started with a salad, basic but good and followed with risotto with lake perch which was delicious. My husband was equally impressed with his meal. As others have mentioned the portions were perfect sizes and we washed it down with a pleasant bottle of wine. The owner/waitress was very friendly and although she didn't speak much English and our Italian isn't great we managed to have an interesting conversation. We were made to feel really welcome and that nothing was too much trouble. All in all an enjoyable way to spend our last day

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1  Thank KentMagrat
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