There are fancier places to eat in Varenna, but almost everyone who visits the picturesque village would agree that some of their most memorable eating—and especially drinking—wasn't at a traditional restaurant but at this lively lakefront café. Bar Il Molo offers a ton of outdoor seating with beautiful lake and town views (umbrellas and heaters make it comfortable even on soggy days) and a nice variety of casual, reasonably priced pan-Italian favorites from pizza, pasta, and piadine (flatbread sandwiches) to salads, bruschetta, and gelato. It's not a place to come for gourmet fare, but the food is more than decent, and a bonus for hungry travelers is that it's open non-stop from morning to late at night. Of course, this is a bar, and much of its business is indeed in drinks, whether it's a leisurely cappuccino before catching the ferry, an aperitivo at sunset, or late-night cocktails. With so many things to offer at so many times of day, Bar Il Molo is a little touristy, sure, but it's also a lot of fun. Take note that it's cash only for tabs under €25.
Lake Como› Restaurant
Bar Il Molo
Via Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna
Our Rating Neighborhood About town Hours April-Oct daily 9am-1am, with kitchen open from 11am; March & Nov Sat & Sun only Phone 0341/830070 Prices Mains € 6-€ 10 Cuisine Type Italian/Snacks Web site Bar Il Molo
MapVia Riva Garibaldi 14, Varenna Lake Como
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