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Dec 12, 2010 07:33 AM

Up-to-date (2010) Venice Christmas dining

Do you have any advice or recommendations for this year?

We'll be there 24th - 27th and staying at Hotel Palazzo Sant'Angelo.

Did anyone follow any of last years advice? How did it go? Anything new to add to last years discussion?

We're two gay arts professionals in our 40s. Intetrested in all price ranges!


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  1. I would ask the concierge at the Palazzo Sant'Angelo what's open; he presumably gets emails and menus from most restaurants that are open December 24 and 25. You can then check for reviews here.

    1. you saw this thread, right?

      Id suggest emailing places you are interested in to see if they are open.

      Antico Martino appears to be serving on christmas
      Trattoria (not Osteria) da Fiore is near your hotel
      as is Vini da Arturo

      We hope you report back on what you find. We really enjoyed our Christmas holidays in Venice. - do enjoy the Christmas Eve mass in San Marco ( entrance on left side is best) and visit the little anglican church in dorsoduro if you want to sing christmas carols.

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      1. re: jen kalb

        Warning about Antico Martini, having just returned .... avoid any meat at all costs. Of course, in Venice, I should have known better, but I had a craving. After reading in Departures magazine that they had good meat dishes I ordered the lamb chop. Terrible, overcooked, a wasted meal. Can recommend Al Covo, Corta Sconta, Il Ridotto if they are open!! For fish!!

      2. You should have no problem with Christmas eve as most places will be open. There should be places open for Christmas day lunch as Corte Sconta, Alla Frasca, Anice Stellato, Al Covo have been opened in past years. Except for the hotel restaurants, Christmas night will be the most difficult. Might check Bistrot de Venise as it seems to open all year round. What make 2010 even more problematic is that the 26th and 27th are Sunday and Monday, days of the week that many restaurants are closed. Al Fontego dei Pescatori and Vini di Gigia are open Sundays, La Furatola is one of the few seafood restaurants that is open on Mondays. La Bitta (no seafood) is also open on Mondays. Al Covo is open Sundays and Mondays. I would check as some might just decide to close for the whole weekend.
        The best advice is probably the one given by an earlier poster to have your hotel check for you. Restaurants closing for the holiday changes year to year.

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        1. re: PBSF

          Adding links for those planning for Christmas 2011. A bunch of them have Web sites or e-mail addresses here:

          And a Web site:

          Corte Sconta
          Calle del Pestrin, Castello 3886, Venezia 30122, IT

          Anice Stellato
          Cannaregio, 3272, Venezia , IT

          La Bitta
          Dorsoduro 2753A, Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Venezia 30123, IT

          alla Frasca
          Corte della Carita, Cannaregio, 5176, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

          Al Fontego dei Pescatori
          Calle Priuli,Cannaregio, 3711, Venice, Veneto , IT

          Al Covo
          Campiello della Pescaria,Castello 3968, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

          Trattoria La Furatola
          Calle Lunga de San Barnaba, Dorsoduro,2870, Venice, Veneto 30123, IT

          Vini da Gigio
          Fondamenta di San Felice, Cannaregio, 3628, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

        2. My partner (29) and I (40's) will be in Venice this Christmas as well (24th-30th) and would be open to meeting over a glass of wine to share in the beauty of Venice. If open, let us know via a post. Caio