Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Italy >
Feb 2, 2010 04:04 AM

Venice, Saturday Night...Alle Testiere: 7:00 or 9:30?

I have been in contact with Alle Testiere and they are offering us 2 options for dinner seatings on Saturday night: 7:00 and 9:30.
Anyone want to weigh in?

We would like to go to Mass at San Marco on Sunday... Where should we go for a nice leisurely lunch after? Thought we'd do I'l Refolo that night...but we could switch to lunch...



  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Early or late seating depends on your eating schedule. I find the early seating more rushed because it seems that entire dining room is being seated at once. The late seating is a little more relax but there can be a wait for your table if early seating diners overstay. Also, occasionally they'll be out of an item or two but their menu is large enough that it has never been a problem for me. And you'll can linger over coffee and chat with the staff.
    For Sunday lunch: near San Marco is Aciugheta, fun and lively, outside seating also, food is good but not great. If the weather is decent, outside loggia at Bancogiro.

    2 Replies
    1. re: PBSF

      You've been so helpful with your advice PBSF! Thank you again!
      DIdn't I read that Bancogiro is closed on Sunday on one of these posts...
      I'll have to look again...

      1. re: mizhil

        Bancogiro is closed for Sunday evenings.

    2. At 7 you will be alone with tourists. At 9:30 there will be more locals or at least Italians.

      1 Reply
      1. re: vinoroma

        I am not sure that is true in Venice regarding to early/tourists and late/Italians, at least not for Alle Testiere. Venice tends to be an early dinner city even for Venetians. There will be a mix of both at either seating.