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Il Cavatappi

Secret micro location on Lake Como for food lovers

Micro. Hidden. Secret. Totally unique. These four adjectives best describe the Il Cavatappi restaurant, one of Lake Como’s gastronomic pearls, located on 10 Via XX Settembre, in Varenna on the outskirts of Lecco.

Perfectly maintained inside the walls of the old historic town center, the Cavatappi restaurant is an actual genuine tavern with an open plan kitchen for lovers of Lake Como cooking as well as Mediterranean. It is one of those intimate and extremely romantic restaurants, where the tradition and genuine cooking can be felt in the very air. You are guaranteed to leave delighted and pleasantly sated. The Il Cavatappi restaurant is perfect for a night out, a special event or an unforgettable occasion. Yet only for your dearest and providing your dearest are not too many as we only have capacity for 14 customers, maybe 20, if you play it right when booking.

A 5 star guesthouse, where the desire for perfection, attention to detail and constant search for refinement is no limit to abundance. The Il Cavatappi menu is a knowing wink to the venue and national cooking excellence. Strictly seasonal produce in a traditional lake style or alternatively with a Mediterranean twist. The lake, land, sea and mountains all meet here creating culinary delights that must be tried: from homemade pasta, soups and risottos, to fish from the lake if in season and meat straight from the farmyard. The cellar deserves a mention as it features some of the best wine labels on the market, including from nearby Valtellina.

An historic location, with traditional walls and a corkscrew collection in a variety of arrangements as far as the eye can see, that is truly micro and decorated in a modern style in line with local flavor. The entrance opens directly on the restaurant’s dining room and the few but carefully laid tables. A minimal mise-en-place that is refined in equal measure, running counter to the concept of ‘osteria’ (tavern). A simple American-style glass wall means you can admire the chef creating, while sitting comfortably at your table wherever it is.

Moreover, if you are still in the mood for being pampered after dinner or lunch, don’t forget the walk of Love, just a short walk from the Cavatappi restaurant. You can leave the high heels at home and enjoy a walk along the lake’s shoreline up to the Alpine foothills among cobblestones, ‘sanpietrini’, dry stonewalls and the small feathered friends.

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