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I am a taking my wife for a 4 day 3 night trip to Venice of our 10 year wedding anniversary. I would like opinions for the best restaurants. I am willing to splurge all the way for lunch and dinner. I have heard that Il Ridotto, Met, Osteria di Santa Marina, and Al Covo are good. We arrive on 5/12-our anniversary. Any thoughts?

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Il Ridotto
Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

Osteria di Santa Marina
Campo S. Marina, Castello 5911, Venice, Veneto , IT

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

Met
Riva degli Schiavoni, 4149, 30122 Venezia, Italy, Venice, Veneto , IT

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  1. You can't really go wrong with any from this list:

    http://www.veneziaristoranti.it/index...

    My particular favourites: Al Covo, Alle Testiere, Antiche Carampane, Fiaschetteria Toscana and Vini Da Gigio

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    Antiche Carampane
    Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

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

    Fiaschetteria Toscana
    Cannaregio, 5719, Venice, Veneto 30131, IT

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    1. re: zedman_1

      I made reservations for Antiche Carampane for 2 people and going in a few days. Could somebody tell me how much I can expect to pay - a range would be good so I know how what to expect. I read movie stars and politicians come here. Is there another restaurant that would be as good for seafood or/and meat but not as expensive so I can go on another night? We eat everything. Thanks!

      1. re: orlenalee

        Antiche Carampane, impeccable, €60-€80; try Orto dei Mori will be less, Covo, and Santa Marina will be about the about the same as Carampane. There are more.if you're looking for a different sort of experience. (la Cantina, la Staffa, Promessi Sposi for example).

    2. It depends on what you mean by 'splurge all the way'. I've only eaten at Al Covo, a few days ago (report forthcoming). I would call it a lovely little restaurant, and the food was good. It was not spectacular nor too expensive, but it wasn't cheap. It can be romantic in a cozy sort of way, but not in a glitzy way. I've heard the Met is more glitzy (and expensive), and Il Ridotto is less glitzy (no reflection on the quality of the food).

      Having said that, I found Venice to be truly magical. Just wander round, getting lost (a lot) with no pressure to be here and do that, and I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. I would love to return with my wife, this time without offspring!

      tb

      1. Very simple. Search comments on this board by PBSF. He has a very discriminating palette and is extremely knowledgeable about restaurants in Venice (also Barcelona). Many of the best Venetian restaurants specialize in seafood. Do a little research and make a point of concentrating on items that are found only or mainly in the Venetian lagoon. One example: moeche, a crab about the size of a quarter. An unforgettable dining experience. We enjoyed them at Alle Testiere, which is always high on the recommended restaurant charts.

        If you hit a point where you can't bear the thought of more seafood, consider La Bitte, which specializes in meat dishes. Not particularly fancy, but good.

        1. For splurg/fine dining:
          The Met and Da Pisis in the Hotel Bauer for creative interpretation of Venetian cooking. The food at the Met is better and more focus. The dining room is small and plush with good service. The setting at Da Pisis can't be beat: a terrace with the best view on the Grand Canal. Unlike most of the grand hotels, the Bauer has an open and modern feel. We had dinner there couple weeks ago. The 7 course tasting menu which we negotiated with the captain was very good. Because of our limited budget, it was our only splurge during our 6 week stay this Spring.
          Da Ivo: very good traditional Venetian cooking with some dishes from Tuscany; cozy and romantic with beautiful lighting. We ate there with friends 3 years ago: schie with polenta, fried moleche, crab salad, risotto, bigoli with duck ragout, St. Pietro with baby artichokes, scampi with white wine and tomatoes, tagliata of beef were all very good. So were the simple desserts.
          Da Fiore: we have not been there in quite a few years but it still has a reputation for excellent seafood; the current menu also has a couple of meat items.
          Al Gondolieri: a very good all around restaurant; less expensive then the above; no seafood.
          I cannot think of any other that is worth spending euros on unless one is wiling to train to Padua and dine at Le Calandre (If interested, search this board for my earlier posts). Some of the better restaurants in Venice are simple trattoria and osteria; best seafood are at Alle Testiere, Antiche Carampane (has become our favorite restaurant in Venice after eaten so many times because it is near our apartment), Al Fonego dei Pescatori. Fiaschetteria Toscana, more upscale, is consistently good for traditional Venetian cooking. And I would not turn down an invitation to the Cipriani. Osteria di Santa Marina and Al Covo are both good if not exceptional. I have not had the chance to eat at Il Ridotto.
          For fine dining/splurge, none of the above can compete with the best of those in other cities in Europe: Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, London, Rome, Brussels, etc. Venice compensate with its history, setting, romance, suspension of reality. One has to make some allowance when dining in Venice. When we dine out in Venice, we always have to justify the cost by the thought that we are subsidizing it's existence.
          If it was my trip without worrying about budget:
          One dinner at either The Met or Da Pisis or if hotel dining is not appealing, Da Ivo
          One dinner at either Alle Testiere or Antiche Carampane
          The last dinner somewhere simpler, cozy and less expensive: Bancogiro, Boccadoro (all seafood), outside table at Da Rioba, Vini di Gigio for good food and great wine list.
          I would eat simply at lunch: cicchetti at Alla Vedova, La Cantina, Cavatappi, Osteria San Barnaba or dozens of other bacari; or a simple plate at Al Bacareto, Da Alberto, Anice Stellato.
          Keep in mind that if one is in Venice on Sundays, choices are limited.

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          Il Ridotto
          Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

          Anice Stellato
          Cannaregio, 3272, Venezia , IT

          Osteria di Santa Marina
          Campo S. Marina, Castello 5911, Venice, Veneto , IT

          Antiche Carampane
          Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

          Da Rioba
          Fondamenta de la Misericordia, Cannaregio, 2553, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

          Bancogiro
          Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, San Polo 122,, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

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

          Fiaschetteria Toscana
          Cannaregio, 5719, Venice, Veneto 30131, IT

          Le Calandre
          strada statale 11, località Sarmeola, via Liguria,1, Rubano (PD), Veneto 35030, IT

          Boccadoro
          Campiello Widmann,Cannaregio 5405a, Venice, Veneto , IT

          La Cantina
          Campo San Felice, Cannaregio 3689, Venice, Veneto , IT

          Alla Vedova
          Ramo del Ca' d'Oro, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

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          1. re: PBSF

            Our 10 year anniversary is onThursday 5/12. We land in Venice in the late morning. We are staying at a La Luna Baglioni San Marco. i was thinking of taking my wife to Il Ridotto for lunch and hang out in St. Mark's for the afternoon. For dinner, i was thinking of taking her to The Met. Friday 5/13, I was thinking of lunch at Alle Testiere and dinner at Al Covo. That day I was going to take her to Rialto, Academia, and wander around the island and get lost. Saturday 5/14, we may go to Murano for a 1/2 day. If not, we would just shop. I wanted to do a cicchetti bacari crawl and start al Ca D'oro Alla Vedova and work my way around. i would like to go to Alaska for gelato. I am undecided about dinner. i may take your recommendation of Bacogiro for canal side dining. However, i still am thinking of going to Da Firore ,Antiche Carampane, or Fiaschetteria Toscana.

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            Il Ridotto
            Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

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

            Fiaschetteria Toscana
            Cannaregio, 5719, Venice, Veneto 30131, IT

            Alla Vedova
            Ramo del Ca' d'Oro, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

            1. re: gastromdchef

              Personally, I think two large meals a day is too much, especially Il Ridotto for lunch then the Met for dinner. Beside having to digest a large amount of food, these restaurants require a certain amount of focus and effort to process what one is consuming. Add a couple of glasses of wine and the afternoon nap is inevitable. It will leave you with very little energy and cut into your leisure time to enjoy the city. There is so much more to Venice than eating and San Marco. The most rewarding aspect of Venice is away from the main tourist route. To enjoy Venice fully is not to be rushed. There are some spectacle sights but discovering a quiet small campo or sitting with a spritz in the mid afternoon watching the boat traffic meander by or strolling at night listening to the splashing of the water is really the essence of Venice. And even more so if you are celebrating your 10th anniversary. Of course, the Accademia, Rialto Market, San Marco, the outer islands are all worth visiting. Add to that the many churches, the Scuola di San Rocco, Peggy Guggenheim's great museum, Arsenale. Also not to be miss is the vaporetto ride up and down the Grand Canal to see all the facades of the palazzo. Be selective and not pack too much into a day. Getting from place to place is half of the fun in Venice.
              As for hitting various bacari for cicchetti, I would focus on a particular area and leisurely do two or three at most. The best areas are Cannairegio (off the Strada Nuove); around the Rialto market during midday (not Sunday or Monday); the western part of Dorsoduro. Another suggestion is to eat a light lunch, enjoy the city, then stop at a bacaro for a late afternoon spritz and a few cicchetti. Some are located in campo that offer outside seating. Then rest up for an evening dinner. There are many good gelaterias all over the city. Alaska is one of them, excellent fruit flavors as well as the best pistachio.
              This is not meant to criticize your itinerary; just some alternative suggestions that might be helpful.

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              Il Ridotto
              Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

              1. re: PBSF

                Thanks for the advice. I need to to make time to absorb Venice. I just love fine food. I'll make time for Il Ridotto probably for my last night dinner. I'll focus on light meals during the day and try to find places away form the tourist routes.

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                Il Ridotto
                Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

                1. re: gastromdchef

                  In Venice if I were thinking about "fine food" I would think more about sampling the special lagoon seafood than going to restaurants with ambitious menus. but I recognize there are different strokes . You can sample a variety of these creatures in many ways at the better restaurants, but my most memorable experience was the grand seafood antipasto at Corte Sconta. Maybe BBSF can recommend some other places who offer such an assortment - if you do a little research or visit the Rialto market in the morning you can pick up some info about what's on offer.. Anice Stellato has some of these items and is a good, laid back lunch choice in an attractive back -canal neighborhood.

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

                  Anice Stellato
                  Cannaregio, 3272, Venezia , IT

                  1. re: jen kalb

                    jen kalb's point about "fine food" and sampling the special lagoon seafood is a good one. Many are starting to come into season. Saw some moleche, canocia, schile and spider crab the last couple weeks of April. Sadly, very little of it was on the Spring menu at Da Pisis; none was on the menu at The Met when we were there a year ago. Maybe as the season progresses and more readily available, they will feature them. Regardless, simple preparation rather than fancy technique is the best way to serve them. Besides the previous mentioned Corte Sconta, Alle Testiere always has seafood assortment consists of 6 small taste as one of their antipasti choices. So does Al Fontego dei Pescatori. Occasionally at Antiche Carampane.
                    If you do visit the Rialto pescheria to check them out, aside from the huge pile of canocia and the big spider crab, most are easily overlook due to their small size and scant amount available. Moleche (moeche) comes in a small box; there might be a small pile of tiny gray shrimp call schile or small container of the tiniest squid call calamaretti. Other seafood to look for are baby octopus call folipetti, little scallops call canestrelli, a type of clam labeled as tarfufi di mare, or cuttlefish eggs call latticini. And there are the wide selection of wild fish: beautiful sole, rombo, skate, San Pietro, swordfish that is better than any that I've had in the west coast.

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

                    Antiche Carampane
                    Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

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

                    1. re: PBSF

                      What's your personal take on Corte Sconta PBSF? I haven't been in a few years but had impressive seafood last time we went. WIll be in Venice at the end of the month and have a dinner there and 2 dinners at Alle Testiere lined up (hopefully the latter's 7:30 seating won't be too rushed!)

                      Also, is there anywhere less expensive than le Calandre that anyone can vouch for in Padova, maybe more traditional and ideally more centrally located?

                      1. re: johannabanana

                        We have not been to Corte Sconta in a number of years. We ate there a number of times before that and always thought the food was good. Since then, we have found places we like better for seafood. Sorry that I can't give a more recent report.
                        As for Padova, the last three day trips we took to there from Venice, we've ate at Le Calandre twice and their simpler trattoria, il Calandrino last year. Before that, the only lunch we had was at L'Anfora in the center. It is an old-fashioned osteria with good traditional land-base Veneto cooking. From what we gathered from our friends in Venice, L'Anfora is pretty typical of Padua and probably can't do much better. Le Calandrino is an easy 10 minute bus ride from the center. Besides the two restaurants, the Alajmo has a small deli/bakery, all worth a detour. If you are interested, I can post a more detail of our lunch, public transport, etc.

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

                        Le Calandre
                        strada statale 11, località Sarmeola, via Liguria,1, Rubano (PD), Veneto 35030, IT

                        L'Anfora
                        Via dei Soncin,13, Padua, Veneto , IT

                        1. re: PBSF

                          Thank you PBSF. As we're lunching between sightseeing. L'Anfora sounds like the way to go.

                          1. re: johannabanana

                            In caseyou have a closing day issue or the like with L'Anfora, there are some other possibilities in the database that seem attractive.
                            http://www.chow.com/search?query=&amp...

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                            L'Anfora
                            Via dei Soncin,13, Padua, Veneto , IT

                            1. re: jen kalb

                              others in the center of Padova - replacing soon to be dead link

                              Zaramella
                              hotel restaurant, eclectic Italian, Michelin, closed Sat lunch, Sun and Aug
                              049 876 0868 - Largo Europa,9, Padova, Veneto 35137, IT

                              Caffe Pedrocchi
                              http://www.caffepedrocchi.it GR recommended, lunch only
                              049 8781231 - via VIII Febbraio,15, Padua, Veneto , IT

                              Trattoria al Pero
                              market restaurant, Plotkin recc, simple dishes, closed Sun
                              049 8758794 - Via Santa Lucia,72, Padua, Veneto , IT

                              Trattoria San Pietro
                              traditional padovani dishes, GR recc, closed Sun and July
                              049 8760330 - Via San Pietro, 95, Padua, Veneto 35139, IT

                              Osteria Speroni
                              traditional dishes, fish specialties, closed Sun and August, Plotkin recc
                              049 8753370 - Via Speroni, 32-36, Padua, Veneto , IT

                            2. re: johannabanana

                              Reporting back on advice from this thread specific to me, as well as our eating in general.

                              L'Anfora in Padova was ok, liked the atmosphere better than the food. It did the job even if service was very slow.

                              Liked Alle Testiere, which has had many recommendations. Expensive. Very good seafood antipasti and lagoon soles although the restaurant did feel slightly lacking in soul. They no longer recite the menu (as I've read elsewhere on this board) but instead gave us a printed translation in English. The cooking had a slightly international feel to it, not bland-tasting at all but slightly too familiar and we wanted something a little more special for what we paid.

                              La Zucca. A friend recommended this place and although the food wasn't as well-prepared as Alle Testiere and did not feature much seafood, we actually preferred our meals there, its location and interior considerably more charming, the dishes sometimes quite imaginative. Not very Venetian cooking, if at all, but we ate a delicious tepid terrine of ricotta and zucchini and vitello tonnato amongst other things. Good value for Venice.

                              Corte Sconta. Perhaps the best of the seafood antipasti, atmospheric, but service was rushed and a little rude.

                              Ca d'Oro Alla Vedova. Had great pasta with an anchovy-based sauce and loved the vibe, decent prices.

                              Locanda Montin. This place has a lovely garden you eat in with a vine-covered trellis and a fun restaurant could be made of it but it has gone more and more downhill since my parents (and grandparents) used to come here quite a few years ago.

                              1. re: johannabanana

                                Thank you for the post on your eating in Venice, etc. From our experience, it is a good summary of the places you dined at.

                                1. re: johannabanana

                                  Curious. Did they not give you a menu in italian?

                2. re: PBSF

                  Bookmarking this list - thank you! I'll be in Venice next month and I can't wait to try some of these.

                  1. re: biondanonima

                    Just a comment on the Restaurant Met. The chef that garnished 2 michelin stars for the restaurant is no longer there. Left at the end of last year.

                    1. re: PBSF

                      Thank you for the update. I'm not sure I'm looking for Michelin star places on this trip in any case. I live in NYC, and when my parents visit me there we generally do a lot of Michelin eating. Right now I'm living in Berlin for a few months, and they're coming over to visit me there and then do a little European highlights tour. Because we do so much fine dining in NYC, I think they'd probably prefer places that are a little less haute and a little more focused on the traditions of the region/city we're visiting.

                      The last time I was in Venice my husband and I ate at Bancogiro and really enjoyed it, so I was thinking of taking them there. Da Ivo on your list sounds like a good choice for us, as do Alle Testiere, Antiche Carampane and Fiaschetteria Toscana. One issue, though, is that my mother eats no seafood, but my father and I LOVE it so we'll want places that at least offer a couple of non-seafood (vegetarian or any other meat is fine) options even if their focus is seafood. Price range is not hugely important. Any further input you might have to offer would be greatly appreciated! We'll be there for 3 days in mid-April.

                      1. re: biondanonima

                        Since you didn't have any earlier post on this thread, I just want to convey that fact about the Restaurant Met on the chance that you were considering it.
                        If your mother doesn't eat seafood, then Alle Testiere and Antiche Carampane are out because just about every item on their menu has seafood. They serve no meat or poultry. You might get them to cook simple vegetarian dishes for your mom but I don't think she would have a great time.
                        Da Ivo is very good but if it hasn't been mentioned on any earlier posts, it is also very expensive. A three course meal will approach 100euro before anything else gets figured in. It is about as good as Venice gets if one is not looking for over the top. Just beautiful service, warm ambience, excellent prepared traditional food (plus some good Tuscan meat dishes). Some might find it too simple to warrant the cost.
                        Fiaschetteria Toscana is one of the best traditional restaurant. The large menu has just about all the traditional dishes that is associated with Venetian cooking, including a wide choice of meat/poultry secondi. Not every dish is a wow but there is a consistency that is often lacking in many traditional places. If one is interested in wine, definitely consider it. The service is also little more polish than most. Request a table on the main floor and not upstair. They also have a few tables on a small outside terrace.
                        Other recommendations are the usual suspects:
                        Da Rioba with a varied menu of good food, canal view in a interesting neighborhood. Two good typical traditional Venetian osterie are Ostaria Garanghelo in San Polo and Al Bacareto (between San Marco and Cp Santa Stefano); simple, straight forward, friendly, family owned. Santa Marina is one of the better traditional trattoria, a little more upscale than the above two. Al Covo is a safe choice for a nice overall experience.
                        Recently, there have been a couple of very good posts on Anice Stellato. Haven't been there in a few years and will give it a try next month when we are in Venice. For more creative, Il Ridotto has gotten consistently good words on this board. I have not eaten there.
                        Glad you enjoyed Bancogiro. Even if you don't dine there, their outside loggia is great for a spritz in the late afternoon. Should be warm enough by April. Their small menu is more seafood focus, though there is always one or two items on each category for non seafood eaters.
                        By the middle of April, there should be some wonderful seafood from the lagoon; moleche, schie, canoce, big spider crab.

                3. Il Ridotto was really good when we ate there in October - that would be a lovely "splurge" meal.

                  The other great meal we had was at Antiche Carampane - the moeche were fantastic.

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                  Il Ridotto
                  Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

                  Antiche Carampane
                  Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

                  1. 2 comments:

                    In addition to the great list of Venetian seafood in a previous post, look for razor clams--I think they're called capelonghe but not quite sure. They are sweet and delicious. Last May they were on the menu at Boccoduro and Allle Testiere.

                    Also, don't forget to reserve your table. Many of the places you are interested in get totally full--especially Alle Testiere and Fiaschetteria Toascana.

                    jan

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                    1. re: jangita

                      I have already made by reservation for dinners Alle Testiere, The Met, and Il Ridotto. I also plan on Lunch at Al Covo and possibly Bancorgino. I will likely have cicchetti for lunch one day.

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                      Il Ridotto
                      Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

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

                    2. I just came back from a trip to Venice. We ate at a place called Da Riabo, that's been recommended on this thread. An out of the way place, pleasant and satisfying but not memorable. Probably my favorite place was Acciughetta (sp?), next to and same owner as Il Ridotto. Great pizza, ciccetti, and my wife's lobster pasta was excellent. Wines by the glass are also of an unusually good quality. Only downside is that it's located in a busy thoroughfare behind San Marco square stuffed with souvenir stalls. One of the few times I'd recommend eating indoors.

                      One thing I'd recommend, if you want to find moeche and other seafood from the lagoon, is to take a boat to the island of Burano, about forty-five minutes from Venice. It's a fishing town that specializes in local seafood that you may not find in Venice. It's a short boat trip from there to Torcello, although I'd recommend eating on Burano, which seemed to have a livelier dining scene.

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                      Il Ridotto
                      Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

                      Da Rioba
                      Fondamenta de la Misericordia, Cannaregio, 2553, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

                      1. For a real splurge, I had a spectacular meal recently at the new Quadri, upstairs over San Marco. I would add to your considerations Osteria Orto dei Mori on the corner of the campo and Antiche Carampane for superb seafood.

                        I love Vini da Gigio and La Cantina for their wine, excellent fare (both great for fish), and how much their care how happy diners are with their experience there. Burano's Gatto Nero is a can't miss, too...

                        I heartily second the recommendation for the capelonghe razor clams, but what's best will depend on the day -- so leave the menu closed, ask what's good, and order it even if it's not familiar. Canoce mantis shrimp are always around, and always a treat.

                        I also second PBSF's recommendation not to overdo -- it's almost impossible to get the most out of a good meal when you're still satiated with the previous one -- although it is tempting!

                        You need more time in Venice, I think.-- :)

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                        Antiche Carampane
                        Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

                        Osteria Orto dei Mori
                        Campo dei Mori, Cannaregio 3386, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

                        La Cantina
                        Campo San Felice, Cannaregio 3689, Venice, Veneto , IT

                        Gatto
                        Via Castel Morrone, 10, Milan, Lombardia 20129, IT

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