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The Swanky side of Venice.

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mikey Jun 28, 2007 12:43 PM

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?

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    deangold Jul 5, 2007 12:35 AM

    Fiaschetteria Toscana is my choice. Impeccable seafood with formal but not stiff service. Great wine list and the best cheese cart I have had.

    1. Shannon Jun 30, 2007 03:38 PM

      How about da Fiore?

      There is a great article in the New York Times this weekend you might want to check out.

      http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/07/01/...

      Sounds like some of the places in the article might be what you are looking for.

      1. hornvixen Jun 28, 2007 10:14 PM

        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!

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          mikey Jun 29, 2007 08:44 AM

          La Grenouille is REALLY old school which is kind of what I want rather than new and trendy Those suggestions are very helpful. Thanks so much.

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            Linda VH Jun 30, 2007 06:25 AM

            I checked out reviews for Vini da Gigio on tripadvisor and in some other places and everyone raves. It is definitely on MY list. Thank you, Linda

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            Sid Cundiff Jun 30, 2007 08:13 AM

            The Met, without doubt.

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              badwaiter Jun 30, 2007 11:16 AM

              I wouldn't call Vini da Gigio swanky but it's good and you can definitely splash out on wine if you like. It gets crowded and has a nice bustling feel.

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