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Laa Laa Jan 23, 2008 03:35 AM

I've been using Chowhound for a while, but never before posted a board, so please bear with me!
I'm getting married in Venice in June (just the two of us) and am looking for the perfect place to have our wedding breakfast. I already have a list of places that I'd love to try while I'm there but none of them seem perfect for the wedding breakfast - I want ambience as well as amazing food. Normally the food is the main concern and I'm not so worried about the surroundings, but this time 'I want it all'!
So here's hoping you'll be able to solve this problem for me.
Thanks for all your help x

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    405409 RE: Laa Laa Jan 23, 2008 03:51 AM

    I hear the Met hotel is good! Sounds like one lucky guy!!

    1. PBSF RE: Laa Laa Jan 23, 2008 08:38 AM

      Since the typical Venetian breakfast is coffee and a pastry, I am not sure 'amazing breakfast' exists. One will only find a more elaborate offering in large hotels. For atmosphere, there are the Gritti with a dining terrace on the Grand Canal and the Danieli with a rooftop dining room. Of course there are the cafes on Piazza San Marco: Florian and Quadri. Neither open until around 10am. And if you are ambitious, there is the Cipriani on the Giudecca. Keep in mind that one will be eating among mostly visitors and the all food might not be amazing.

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        zerlina RE: PBSF Jan 23, 2008 10:12 AM

        "Wedding breakfast" refers to the meal after the wedding ceremony; it may be lunch, it may be dinner, but it is never breakfast.

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          PBSF RE: zerlina Jan 23, 2008 11:21 AM

          Thanks for the clarification.

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          Laa Laa RE: PBSF Jan 23, 2008 01:00 PM

          Sorry, forgot that the term 'wedding breakfast' is a typically English expression, which is referring to the meal after the wedding ceremony. So will be looking for somewhere at lunchtime. x

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            PBSF RE: Laa Laa Jan 23, 2008 07:47 PM

            Let me try again. From my experience with Venice, great ambiance and great food usually do not go hand in hand. If money is not an issue and one orders simply, the Gritti, Danieli and Capriani would be fun though still mostly eating with visitors. For food, I think the best is Fiaschetteria Toscana. The decor is subduely elegant and the service is proper but not formal. For canal view, Ai Gondelieri is good. Da Ivo has great food and nice atmosphere. I really like Vini de Gigio with a warm and friendly staff and very good food but it might be a little too trattoria like.

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          Indy 67 RE: Laa Laa Jan 24, 2008 02:27 AM

          Among the places where we've eaten, the one with the best combination of food and atmosphere has to be Agli Alboretti (Dorsoduro). The pergola-covered dining area in the back courtyard is fabulously romantic and beautiful. That combined with excellent food and polished-yet-friendly service make this a place you'll want to consider. Incidentally, the food is a modern interpretation of Venetian food and includes some decidedly non-traditional options.

          For a more detailed decription of our tasting menu dinner experience at Alboretti, you could read my post after our summer trip to Venice. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/412504

          Fiaschetteria Toscana (Cannaregio) is an excellent restaurant that has a nice veranda structure, although it's several steps down on the romantic scale compared to Agli Alboretti. The landscaping and medieval cistern in the veranda contribute to a nicer atmosphere than the location in the center of a public courtyard across the street from the restaurant would suggest.

          URL for the photo gallery of the hotel:
          http://www.aglialboretti.com/gallery/...

          Ignore the photos of the hotel, but you can see three photos of the pergola-covered restaurant courtyard at this web site.

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            alkapal RE: Indy 67 Feb 1, 2008 06:13 AM

            indy, thanks for the slideshow. those patios are so inviting. ps, how may diff. bedrooms did you stay in?

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              Indy 67 RE: alkapal Feb 1, 2008 12:33 PM

              Actually, in our trips to Venice, we've never stayed in the Agli Alboretti hotel although we've eaten both lunch and dinner in the restaurant. Our trips have been warm weather trips so we've eaten outdoors. I don't have any strong recollection about the appearance of the indoor dining room. I know it exists; everyone has to walk through it to reach the courtyard. I don't think anyone was seated inside any time we ate there. (FWIW, this was not the case with Fiaschetteria Toscana. Both the interior and outdoor dining areas were filled.)

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            Laa Laa RE: Laa Laa Jan 25, 2008 02:16 AM

            Thanks so far for everybody's replies and reports. From checking the Venice boards in the past I had come up with these restaurants, but just for their food:

            Alle Testiere
            Osteria de Santa Marina
            Vini da Gigio
            Fiashetteria Toscana

            and then the two with the Michelin stars:

            Da Fiore
            The Met

            But some of their interiors weren't quite as I had in mind. I will go on line and find photos of everybodys suggestions so far, (thanks for the web address of Agli Alboretti).

            I would still be interested to hear from anybody who has eaten at The Met.

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              debkurt RE: Laa Laa Feb 12, 2008 06:42 PM

              Hi
              I haven't posted here in forever, but I wanted to tell you that we had a lovely meal at Osteria de Santa Marina in October. Service was very friendly, there were a few nice touches (a amuse bouche, for one) and it was pretty. The food was very good.

              I had researched Venice to death, having not really had great meals there in the past. We just stumbled upon Santa Marina, and it was our favorite dining experience of the trip. The prices were reasonable, considering the level of the food and service. I think we spent about 110 Euro for dinner. My husband loved the white they served him by the glass. I don't drink wine, so didn't really note it, but he had two glasses, so the bill included those.

              Despite being very close to San Marco, the Campo Santa Marina is not at all on the tourist trail, and tables on the somewhat quiet campo were nice.

              I just can't see myself squeezing into the crowds about F. Toscana in June, for a wedding meal.

              I don't know anything about the eponymous hotel on C. Santa Marina, but it looked rather nice.

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                BN1 RE: debkurt Feb 15, 2008 08:52 AM

                Are you referring to L' Osteria di Santa Marina, Campo Santa Marina 5911 in the Cannaregio District? If so, this is nowhere near San Marco other than being in Venice; therefore, I am confused. It sounds great and I would like to try it.

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                  Shannon RE: BN1 Feb 15, 2008 11:20 AM

                  Osteria di Santa Marina is in Castello, not Cannaregio - but very close to both San Marco and Cannaregio.

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                    BN1 RE: Shannon Feb 15, 2008 12:41 PM

                    Thanks, now I've found it on Google Maps. Mapquest on the Zagat site shows that restaurant at the address I listed to be in Cannaregio by the Getto and near the train station. I am still somewhat confused as I wonder if there are two with the same name? I'm going in a couple of weeks and I want to find it. Oh well, finding a restaurant in Venice is almost a satisfying as a good meal.

                    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp...

                    http://www.zagat.com/Verticals/Proper...

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                      debkurt RE: BN1 Feb 16, 2008 06:17 PM

                      BN1: your first link above, at Campo Santa Marina in Castello, is the place where we had the great dinner. Schie in an ink sauce over polenta was the amuse, if I remember correctly. And when I said the service was friendly, I should have said that it was also very professional.

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              rrems RE: Laa Laa Feb 14, 2008 06:24 PM

              You may want to consider Al Covo. It does attract tourists, particularly Americans, mainly because of the owners, a husband and wife team (he is Venetian and she is from Texas, and they are so nice and welcoming), but this does not in any way diminish the quality of the food and ambiance. The atmosphere is charming, the service is polished, and the food is just superb. Cesare is the chef and Diane is the pastry chef, so desserts, which are usually a weak point in Venice, are delicious here. We have dined there on two different trips to Venice, and it only seems to get better with time.

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                bachinskin RE: Laa Laa Apr 6, 2008 09:58 PM

                I was married in Venice, at 11:30 on a Monday morning. We went first to a bar where some friends had a champagne reception for us and then to a three-hour lunch at Al Covo. There isn't a view, but lunches are usually pretty calm and you will get special attention, especially if you call in advance and talk to Diane (she is there in the mornings, baking desserts). We love Testiere, but it is a very plain space and you practically sit on top of one another. I have eaten at the Met, and I'm not sure they do lunch. It's a lovely space and the food is very good, but it has nothing to do with Venice. You could be eating in Paris or any one 10 or 15 other cities. I've eaten at all the places you have mentioned and would still, and do still, go back to Al Covo. Diane's chocolate cake was our wedding cake. We have at least one piece on every visit. Marrying in Venice these days isn't too difficult, but 11 years ago we spent half the morning getting documents stamped; none of that when we attended two friends five years ago. We love the food at the Hotel Monaco, but the renovation has left the dining room less than romantic. Though if you decide to go that route, ask for Guido, the maitre 'd and I'm sure he would take wonderful care of you.
                Good luck and don't forget to have someone take your picture on the balcony of the marriage salon overlooking the Grand Canal.

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                  gaia RE: Laa Laa Apr 10, 2008 05:56 AM

                  I never wrote here before, but if were you (and I’m from Venice) I would go to Harry’s Dolci on Giudecca, the food is great, the service perfect and the view on the giudecca Canal very nice. It’s quiet and far from the tourist crowd (perfect for a special occasion). It’s expensive, but it’s your wedding! :-) Auguri

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                    Laa Laa RE: Laa Laa May 7, 2008 04:09 AM

                    Thank you for all the recent posts. Had decided on Ristorante Riviera on the Zattere. But feel now I'm going to have to check out Harry's Dolci as it is recommended by the last post who lives in Venice.......
                    I will try out some of the other recommendations during my visit but still having trouble narrowing down that list too!!

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                      Laa Laa RE: Laa Laa Oct 16, 2009 03:12 AM

                      Ok, I realise that this is a very very late report..................but do have the excuse of having moved twice since we've been married! I have just thought about it again as have just booked to go back to Venice for our second anniversary. We ended up choosing Ristorante Riviera on Zattere and had an amazing time despite the view! (Trawlers all lined up protesting about diesel prices - but it certainly added to the atmosphere!) We are so looking forward to eat there again.
                      Not only was the food amazing but so was everybody who was there. Am so sorry not to taik about everybody by name but had other things on my mind at the time! They opened up especially for us Wed lunchtime as they are normally closed. We went to see them Tues to check all was ok and got invited back over lunchtime where they fed us (without charge) and we discussed the menu for the wedding day. The husband runs the restaurant and it's his wife who is the Chef. They looked after us so well and made our day so memorable and the food was fanatastic.
                      I would urge anybody who is going to Venice to eat there...........I promise to be more specific about the food after my next visit. The fish was the best I've ever tasted, so delicately flavoured and cooked to perfection. I even tried an loved the different carpaccio di pesce served as part of the antipasti which I couldn't bring myself to eat in Japan.

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                        alkapal RE: Laa Laa Oct 16, 2009 09:32 AM

                        thanks, laa laa! have a great anniversary trip.

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