The Swanky side of Venice.
I am going to Venice for 5 days with some friends. Many of the suggestionsI have reviewed are for inexpensive, moderate priced meals which is great for most of the time, however, this is a special trip and we do want to splurge once or twice. Good food being the high priority of course, what would be a heartstopping, elegant, refined, yet crowded and not too hushed kind of a place where we could dress up and not feel out of place in fancy clothes for a true mix of great food, stylish but not Paris Hilton trendy people, fun atmosphere, and a long dinner with our friends? If you know New York, what would be the La Grenouille of Venice? Any ideas?
If you are looking for Michelin stars, try the Met at the Metropole Hotel - La Grenouille looks kinda old school to me(I don't mean it in a bad way - I will go there next time I'm in town...thanks for the tip...it's always good to have an excuse to go!). I haven't read great things - but I think if I was in Venice longer, I am intrigued by l'Avogaria. www.avogaria.com
Do let us know what you end up deciding! When do you go? I am in Venice for just a short time, with the first night still undecided...maybe Osteria da Carla. We have a reservation the second night at Vini da Gigio, as I wanted something a little more traditional (whatever that is anyways), but with fish. Going to try to fit in some cichetti before-hand...hope we are hungry!
Fiaschetteria Toscana is my choice. Impeccable seafood with formal but not stiff service. Great wine list and the best cheese cart I have had.