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Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

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Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

Going to be in Varenna this September for our first visit to that area. Arriving on Friday 9/7 and departing on Tuesday 9/11. I have a friend that said reservations for dinner are essential on the weekends. He was there this same timeframe a couple years ago. Is that typical? We prefer to play everything by ear and usually eat dinner around 9pm or later. I hadn’t even thought of where we want to eat yet. Do I need reservations that time of year?

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1. Re: Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

September definitely is quite busy.

But even in August, reservations made on the same day, or a day ahead will do the job. No need to worry.

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2. Re: Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

Thank you!

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3. Re: Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

We made a reservation in advance for La Vista but not for other restaurants.

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4. Re: Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

La Vista is a bit overrated imo!

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5. Re: Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

We liked it very much but they do get mixed reviews.

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6. Re: Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

Italians tend to eat very late at night due to the heat. We ate dinner two nights ago at 6:30 and had no problem at the restaurant getting served and had excellent service. This evening we went out at 8 o’clock and all of the tables were taken at all the restaurants along the water, all of them reserved. We went to the same restaurant we went to the night before and had awful service. Moral of the story is if you eat earlier you won’t have a problem but if you want to eat like an Italian you better make a reservation.

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7. Re: Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

At 18:30, you're identified as tourist.

Dinner doesn't begin here until 20:00 or 20:30.

And of course reserve in advance.

Vagabonda

Edited: 01 July 2018, 03:46
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8. Re: Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

We'll be in Varenna a little later in September. Does your friend have any favorite restaurants?

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9. Re: Reservations needed for weekend dinners in early September?

just got back from Varenna. We (family of 4) wanted to try Il Cavatappi around 8 pm but was turned away for lack of reservation. I suspected if you have a smaller group, it would be ok, but why not make a reservation a day ahead just to be sure. I know Italian tends to eat late, but was surprised by several restaurants closing at 9 pm and Il Cavatappi as one of them. There were many others open past 10, however.

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