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“Wonderful experience”

Ristorante Vecchia Varenna
Ranked #17 of 32 Restaurants in Varenna
Price range: US$17 - US$59
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Ristorante con terrazza immersa nelle acque del lago di Como, gode di una impagabile vista nel centro lago. In cucina utilizziamo prodotti freschi e lavoriamo in prima persona tutte le materie prime.
Chester, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

This is a fantastic restaurant. One of many great restaurants in Varenna.

The setting is brilliant. As you can see from the photos there is a large window with a great view out over the lake. The inside is nice and stylish.

The staff are really friendly. The food is fantastic. Some of the dishes are rather small, a bit too nouvelle cuisine. But it is fantastic. Good wines too.

A great place to treat yourself to a romantic meal.

Book ahead to great a good table by the window.

  • Visited August 2013
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vecchiavarenna, Proprietario at Ristorante Vecchia Varenna, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Thank you for choosing our restaurant and have appreciated our work.
I just want to clarify that all our tables in the our interior dining room and on the terrace on the Lake, are large (80 x 80 cm) :-)

Best Regards
Luca and Samantha Castiglioni
Vecchia Varenna Restaurant
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Beautiful view with food to match”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

A tranquil and serene setting for an October weekday lunch on the enclosed veranda over looking the beautiful lake and mountains. A delicious lake fish risotto to start (cooked to order) followed by grilled lakefish and a flavoursome rabbit dish of different components of the animal includng the loin, shoulder, ribs and offal - superbly cooked with skill and full of flavour. A shared cheese plate was a delightful way to sample various regional goat and cows milk cheeses and accompaniments. Friendly helpful service.

  • Visited October 2013
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vecchiavarenna, Proprietario at Ristorante Vecchia Varenna, responded to this review, 26 October 2013
Google Translation
Thnx!! :-)
Happy to give you nice time in Vwecchia Varenna Restaurant :-)

Best Regards
Luca and Samantha Castiglioni
Vecchia Varenna Restaurant
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Gozo
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“Good food and great wine list”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

Found this place early on our vacation and were always heading back. Menu changes regularly. Food impressive and you could imagine desserts.

Visited October 2013
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vecchiavarenna, Proprietario at Ristorante Vecchia Varenna, responded to this review, 11 October 2013
Thank you !! :-)
We hope to see you again.

Samantha and Luca Castiglioni
Vecchia Varenna Restaurant
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Malta
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61 reviews
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“Nice patio and good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

The restaurant has one of the best locations on the lake even if the glass of the patio does creates a boundary with the open air. The food was decent although the prices are on the high range. I was not too impressed with the waitering service on the day since they seemed to be a bit too busy since it is one of the more renowned restaurants. For the views it has I would place it as one of the best four restaurants in Varenna although it is a bit more commercial than the other restaurants located in the narrow streets just above it. On the whole it is a restaurant that deserves a visit if you are in Varenna.

  • Visited June 2013
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vecchiavarenna, Proprietario at Ristorante Vecchia Varenna, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Mr. ReggieMalta,
thanx to spend time and review about my restaurant.
We hope to can serve you again next time.

Best regards
Samantha and Luca Castiglioni
Vecchia Varenna Restaurant
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Dissapointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

This restaurant in one of the best locations in Varenna, right over the water and the food was well cooked and beautifully presented but there wasn't enough of it. The portions were far too small. My husband and I normally share a starter and a pudding but have a main each but the portions in this place meant we left hungry.

We ordered cheese instead of pudding because we had seen the size of the puddings but the cheese platter was just as bad. Each piece of cheese was barely large enough for more than one mouthful.

  • Visited June 2013
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vecchiavarenna, Proprietario at Ristorante Vecchia Varenna, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
I'm sorry!! :-)
It all depends on each person is accustomed to having.
Gold, caviar, plutonium ... fashion and... more thing
are something to use or eat and taste in small doses:-)

I agree that my restaurant is not a place where you can share a starter for two and have a dessert to spend a dinner in here

Vecchia Varenna is a kind of italian restaurant where we suggest to have a starter, then fish or meat and dessert.

If ... you think tripadvisor is a truthful and useful site ... next time you can take a look on it, maybe you can read a right review


Best Regards
Castiglioni Luca
Vecchia Varenna Restaurant
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