Restaurant for Birthday Celebration in Venice
We are travelling to Italy next week and we will be celebrating my son's 17th birthday in Venice on the 19th. He's your typical teenager butlike his parents, he's enjoyed wonderful restaurants like French Laundry, Gary Danko, Le Bernardin, and Daniel in the States. He's expecting "an experience" for his birthday, so does anyone have recommendations for a fabulous evening? I'm thinking a gondola ride to restaurant would be a fun way to start the birthday evening..., but I'm so confused about where to have a great meal in Venice!
Id suggest you search this board for "Venice" and you will come up with dozens of posts addressing requests for special occasion restaurants in Venice. There are splashy expensive places long familiar to tourists, like Cipriani and Harrys Bar, a notch down in poshness perhaps, (Da Fiore, Ai Gondolieri,Fiaschetteria Toscana, etc.) with relatively formal service higher than average prices, some of which are popular with serious eaters, and then the simpler more typical places, some of which may be even more popular - alle testiere being the prime example, but there are many other elegant casual small restaurants that fall in this category.
The typical Venetian restaurant tho is rather small, with civilized but simple service, perhaps by the proprietor, not by cadres of waiters. The food is seafood from the lagoon, simply prepared, and pastas and risottos involving the same.
So scan the prior posts, think about what your son might feel comfortable with/enjoy (my teenagers did not want seafood for example and skipped some great meals as a result) and make your decision.