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Review of Ristorante Nuova Isola 1169 - CLOSED

Ristorante Nuova Isola 1169
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 8 September 2013

A very pleasant experience. This restaurant is a little off the beaten track i.e. not on the lake front, so in order to make up for that the food and service were excellent.

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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Sadly I can neither blow hot nor cold about this restaurant. It was just adequate in all aspects. We sat outside as it was a warm evening. The table was pleasant but the restaurant is in a quiet side lane and hence has neither the benefit of a lake view nor the possibility of people watching. As a result, the restaurant lacks any discernible atmosphere. The serving staff are polite and efficient but seem to be devoid of any joy in their work. Unfortunately this ambivalence has spread to the food. I started with the spaghetti with lake fish. It was pleasant but unspectacular. My wife ordered the cold meats with rocket which turned out to be carpaccio, which might be a shock if you weren't expecting raw meat. My main was the sliced sirloin with pepper sauce. Again, this was average but the meat lacked any flavour and the sauce was thin and watery. My wife chose ravioli stuffed with pear and tallegio which she declared to be tasty but very filling and heavy. The meal with wine came to €76 which, again, was about average. With many fine restaurants to choose from in Varenna, it is a shame that Nuova Isola 1169 could not find something to make itself memorable.

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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Loved the lake fish sauce over pasta. Staff was friendly food was good. Nice house wine. Served in carafe.

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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Service is wonderful-the owners are friendly, speak English, you can sit outside or in, fun place to eat. Butter sage ravioli is amazing.

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Restaurant is in a small courtyard just off the main square in Varenna, but without a view of the lake. Nonetheless, it was very pleasant sitting in the outdoor area - quiet, with the occasional passing pedestrians.
The menu was not large but had a good range of dishes. After an entree of beautiful tempura vegetables, we selected the filet of beef and the local fish for mains. The fish was excellent, but the beef was a little too rare for my wife's taste, and accompanied by few vegetables and spartan pepper sauce. Tasty, but could have been better.
For desert we shared an absolutely delicious fruit crepe.
Waitresses were charming and friendly..
Price was very reasonable for the area. Mains in the $14 to 25 range.

Happy to recommend to other visitors.

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