I have eaten at Varano's very often and have always ejoyed it. Most restaurants will wait for the ENTIRE party to arrive before seating a group. If the restaurant was so empty, who was making all of the noise? Also the restaurant usually plays background mood music. Sounded like you were in a bad mood after coming from church. Back to Varano's I would highly recommend it to any that like good food, good service and a plesent place to dine.
My husband & I call this our special occasion restaurant. We go at least two times a year. It is expensive but so worth it. The flavor's are truly authentic and great quality of food. The environment is very romantic & comfortable. The amount of food you get for your money is totally worth it as well.
The best place in the whole state of Maine to get a truly authentic New York pizza. It also helps that the owner is from NY, My husband is as well so we are regulars. The pasta dishes are just as good as the pizza. It's also nice to sit on the patio out back on a nice summer day!