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Two nights in Venice - Al Covo over Alle Testiere or Antiche Carampane?

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lpprice Jun 20, 2011 03:16 PM

My husband and I will be in Venice for just two nights. I've made reservations for Tuesday night at Antiche Carampane and Wednesday night for Alle Testiere, both based on reviews found on this board. A friend who has visited Venice before has now strongly recommended Al Covo (also raved about Antico Pignolo but I've found no Chowhound mentions for it). Please advise as to whether I should substitute Al Covo for one of our two dinners and if any of these would be a better choice for lunch instead. Best I can tell, all would be open for lunch on Wednesday. I greatly appreciate your expert advice!

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

Antiche Carampane
Venice, Venice, Veneto , IT

  1. PBSF Jun 20, 2011 09:27 PM

    Antiche Carampane and Alle Testiere are two of the best seafood restaurant in Venice; no meat or poultry. Both are similar in many ways; family/chef own, simple decor, cozy (or cramped depending on ones perspective), generally good service unless for some mysterious reason, they don't take to you. The menu at Antiche does not change as often though there are always some daily offerings depending what is in season. The menu at Alle Testiere changes all the time, except for the list of seafood simply grilled. One will run into more locals at Antiche.
    Al Covo has meat and poultry as well as seafood. The ambience is more relax. I don't think the food is as good as either Antiche Carampane or Alle Testiere but many prefer the over all experience of Al Covo.
    What to choose comes down to individual preferences. If you want to only eat seafood, then there is no problem doing both Antiche Carampane and Alle Testiere. For some, that might be repetitive because they are very similar and Al Covo offer something different.
    There have been quite a few recent posts on all three. You might want to a search on them.

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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

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    1. re: PBSF
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      LiberalFoodie Sep 27, 2011 08:31 AM

      PBSF,

      If you had to pick one based on its cost, does one top your list? I ask because I've got the same 3 restaurants on my list and am not sure which one or 2 to pick out of the three.

      1. re: LiberalFoodie
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        rrems Sep 27, 2011 03:01 PM

        Regarding Al Cove vs. Alle Testiere, I don't know whether this will help or confuse you, but have you read my recent post?

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809134

        I would rate them equally, so it depends what you are looking for.

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        Alle Testiere
        Calle del Mondo Novo,Sestiere Castello,5801, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

      2. re: PBSF
        jen kalb Sep 27, 2011 08:41 AM

        adding link

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        Alle Testiere
        Calle del Mondo Novo,Sestiere Castello,5801, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

      3. mbfant Jun 20, 2011 10:33 PM

        I love Al Covo -- it's one of my favorite restaurants, period, and we were there only a few months ago -- but do check its opening. I believe it's closed on Wednesday, and also, the lunch menu is more cicheti, not the same as dinner. I haven't been to Antiche Carampane, and my one dinner, some years ago, at Alle Testiere was pretty much of a bust, and I'd probably never go back as long as Da Fiore and Al Covo are on the earth.

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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

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