My Venice List - So far
Any thoughts on these?
Al Tre Spiedi
La Bea Vita (Fondamenta Ormesini 2754)
Osteria da Fiore
Osteria Alla Frasca
Trattoria Ca' d'Or
Trattoria Atlanella (gnocci)
Vini da Pinto
Vini da Gigio
Hi - newbie here!
We are headed to Venice next month and I asked a friend (who is Roman but visits Venice frequently) for any restaurant ideas. She checked an Italian newsgroup and gave me the following:
Taverna San Trovaso
Osteria Al Bacco
Vini da Gigio
She has not been to these but they are recommended by Italians. I am planning to check them out so if you are going after 27 April, I can let you know what I found. I will take a note of your list and see what I can find. We are only going for 4 nights, though. If you are going before, can you please let me know what you found?!
Yes! I have been to Alle Testiere and Vini da Gigio and can heartily recommend both. They are members of a consortium of sorts that is dedicated to seasonal, regional foods and a good price-to-value ratio . . . I am trying to find my copy of the brochure listing all the restaurants in the consortium but I can't. (Maybe someone else remembers what it's called.) Alle Testiere is a little bit un-Italian in two ways, though: 1) they have two seatings each night, instead of giving you the table for the evening; and 2) there are some non-traditional touches in the food, such as a curried prawn thing (the night I was there). Still, the food was excellent and the service was both friendly and expert: our waiter spoke 5 languages, I think!
The first time we visited Venice, we dined at Alle Testiere. I had a similar reaction to the restaurant's use of spices. I was assured by our waiter that Alle Testiere's cuisine is decidedly Venetian. I enjoyed the suspect dish -- I think it was razor clams with ginger -- enough that I ultimately didn't care about the authenticity of the seasoning. However, some time later, I got proof positive that the waiter was right about the spices.
In 2002, the Smithsonian Institution's annual Folk Life Festival had as its theme "The Silk Road." The performances, displays, and food booths focused on the cultures along the main route of the Silk Road from Xi'ian in the East to Venice in the West. Several major connecting trade routes from India joined the Silk Road. These segments of the famous trade route brought spices like curry into Venice and into its cuisine.
On a recent visit we had asked several locals where they would dine and one place recommended by most of them was Acqua Pazza. We had actually walked by it numerous times not knowing about it, so then we decided to give it a try. After the first visit we then ate there 3 consecutive nights, each night better than the next. LOTS of food, so we realized that we needed to be good and hungry for each dinner (which we were after the full days of walking everywhere).
Hopefully you too will have as good an experience as we did.
Agree about Alle Testiere. From your list I also really like Ca'd Or (Alla Vedova) also for their cicheti (love the fried prosciutto meatballs). Anice Stellato is nice, although I think down a bit from when they first opend. I haven't been to Vini da Gigio but there have been some mixed reactions to on this board. Aquapazza is nice non venetion food choice and has outside tables in a great campo.
I have always loved my meals at Fiore the food was great and the service very welcoming, but I haven't been since last year. Other people on this site however do not like it though. I did find it alittle overrun with tourists the last time I was there though.
I am sorry to say, that I was really underwhelmed by my meal the other night at Met. Perhaps my fault, I ordered alla carte and not the tasting menu, maybe an off night (the heat was on way high, there was a loud table nearby me, but really just seemed like a dressed up hotel restuarant to me.
Will also add (you can find it elsewhere on the site) Vechio Fritolin, La Bitta (for meat) .
Not on your list, so I had to tell you about two great seafood choices:
Do Farai Osteria (130 Euro + tip for two; Calle Capeller, Dorsoduro, 041/2770369) was superb. It truly was the best seafood pasta I've ever had. The grilled seabass that follwed was equally amazing with a simple lemon sauce prepard in front of you by the waiter. The tiramisu was incredible - I didn't expect the dessert to be so good. Did you know tiramisu is from Venice?
Antica Trattoria La Furatola (100 Euro + tip for two; Calle Lunga S. Barnaba, Dorsoduro, 041/5208594) - feels very local. We really got into carpaccio at this place. We had tuna carpaccio with ouvo. Then we had the seabass carpaccio which came with just a bit of fresh lemon juice. It was superb. We tried a traditional dish of sardines pickled in onions and golden raisins. I liked it even though I'm not really a sardine fan, and my husband loved it. We also had a seafood pasta and it was rich in fresh seafood and tasted great. However, I think the sauce in the pasta at Do Farai was better. Skip dessert.
re: SF Anne
I was in venice the last week of March, and thanks to chowhound found my way to both Do Forai and La Furatola. Both were excellent.
La Furatola was my introduction to venitian food - I had an excellent seabass carpaccio, a top-notch spaghetti al vongole, and grilled seabass as an entree. A selection of tortes and a grappa for dessert were both excellent.
I ate at Do Forai twice (once in a group, once solo) and really loved it. The carpaccio was outstanding, as was the grilled fish. The tiramisu wasn't amazing, but stick around anyway because Stefano (the owner?) makes a terrific scroppino (dunno how to spell it) - incredible stuff. Both nights I was the only english speaker in the room and the atmosphere was quite convivial.
The pizza place in Camp Santa Margerita was excellent oo.