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Hi everyone,

We only have two nights in Venice and based on a couple of reviews (NY Times, T&L) I want to try Venissa. Is it worth it?

Thanks!
Ashley

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Venissa
Fondamena Santa Caterina 3, Isola di Mazzorbo, Venice, Veneto 30142, IT

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  1. The hotel/restaurant is quite new. It was mentioned on a recent post on this board. Below is the link:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776829
    If it is your first trip to Venice and with only two nights, my suggestion is enjoy Venice proper. The restaurant might be a good option for lunch if you are visiting Burano. From my experience with Venice, no single restaurant is a "must".

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    1. re: PBSF

      Thanks, PBSF! I did see that Elizabeth Minchilli liked it, but no one else on the boards has mentioned having been. Will report back - the place just looks amazing, but it is noted as a "destination restaurant" so want to make sure it's worth one of our meals in Venice. We live in NY and love great restaurants, but I am a sucker for the setting.

      1. re: Ash824

        If you do decide on the restaurant, please do report back. Thanks.

    2. Last October we stopped there for an apperitivo while touring Burano on our way to lunch at Gatto Nero. The prosecco and breadsticks we had were great :-) and the setting was lovely. However, I agree with PBSF that if you only have 2 nights in Venice, especially if it is your first or second time, I would save Venissa for your next trip.

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      Venissa
      Fondamena Santa Caterina 3, Isola di Mazzorbo, Venice, Veneto 30142, IT

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      1. re: ekc

        EKC, thank you for the information! I was hoping to hear from someone who experienced it. It's our first time, and we do only have 2 nights before moving on.

      2. I see you've already read my other post about my visit there. What can I say? My trip there was completely magical. I know you only have two days, but it is a truly special place. There is something about getting away from the crowds, traveling over the water, to get to this wonderful restaurant set amid a vineyard in the Venetian lagoon that is unique. And Paola Budel is one of the best chefs in Italy, so there's that too.

        I would never tell you not to go, since you only have two nights in Venice. I have a lot of memories of Venice, from over the years, and all of my best ones involve getting out onto the lagoon. And my visit to Venissa certainly tops the list.

        I would head out at the end of the day, stroll around Burano, maybe have a drink. Then have dinner at Venissa.
        Elizabeth
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        www.elizabethminchilli.com

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        Venissa
        Fondamena Santa Caterina 3, Isola di Mazzorbo, Venice, Veneto 30142, IT

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        1. re: minchilli

          Thanks, Elizabeth! I just wanted to make sure it was worth leaving Venice proper on one of our only two nights and I figured you would have had plenty of experiences here. To your point, it really looks special and like a neat experience. I think we're going to go for it tomorrow night, as planned.

          1. re: Ash824

            Hi -- wondered how your Venissa experience turned out? I'm such a Gatto Nero fan, I'dve probably opted for them instead...

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            Venissa
            Fondamena Santa Caterina 3, Isola di Mazzorbo, Venice, Veneto 30142, IT

            1. re: livingvenice

              I kept meaning to respond to this thread - we were really glad we went with Venissa. It definitely took quite a bit of time to get out there (and back) but we found it worth the effort. The setting is just gorgeous, the food was fantastic and the service made it all really special - it's the combination of these things that made it a great experience, along with just getting off the beaten path and out on the lagoon - none of the individual elements did it alone. We turned ourselves over to the chef and did a tasting with wine pairing, though it's not on the menu - always the best way to go, in my opinion! I posted some pics on my Flickr if interested but it doesn't really do it justice - I think our favorite was the fried eel. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashleybu...

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              Venissa
              Fondamena Santa Caterina 3, Isola di Mazzorbo, Venice, Veneto 30142, IT

              1. re: Ash824

                Really good to hear. Paola's a gem but the service can be inconsistent -- so that's great to hear you had a fine time. I agree with you wholeheartedly about turning yourself over to the person most familiar with the menu and the wine! ;)

                1. re: livingvenice

                  Ah, glad to hear we got lucky with service - it was not crowded and the entire staff was wonderful! I think turning yourself over to the experts ensures the best service, too.

                2. re: Ash824

                  So glad you hear about your wonderful experience. Thanks for getting back!

                  1. re: minchilli

                    And I completely agree with you, Elizabeth, on taking the opportunity to explore the lagoon, eateries and otherwise. Aria... :)

                  2. re: Ash824

                    Ooh, I want the shrimp, asparagus, truffle dish -- with pretty little purple flower -- and I want it BAD! To my great misfortune, in I've made two separate two-week trips to Italy without anyone who would be interested in a dinner like that. Amazing to see vineyards on an island in the lagoon, too!

              2. re: minchilli

                I haven't seen to Venissa, but I have to echo Elizabeth that getting out on the lagoon can be magical. I'd take her suggestion in a heartbeat.

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                Venissa
                Fondamena Santa Caterina 3, Isola di Mazzorbo, Venice, Veneto 30142, IT

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I just came back from a trip to Venice and went to Venissa. It is not hard to get to, just take the vaporetto to Mazzorbo. The restaurant is very close to the vaporetto station and has a very discreet sign that is easy to miss unless you pay attention.

                  The restaurant is very good: the chef is lovely, and the service was second to none. The restaurant has a terrace, for lunch, you are likely to sit on the terrace when the weather is nice. Next to the terrace are rows and rows of vines.

                  The food is very good - for Venice, it is outstanding - but (how to put this delicately...) it is not great. For Venice; however, it is excellent. It was the only good meal I had in Venice. The meal at Venissa will not likely impress you, but it also will not disappoint.

                  1. re: Nexus7

                    I hope you report on the rest of your Venice/Italy experience, even if it wasnt very good.

                    What dishes did you have at Venissa?

                    1. re: Nexus7

                      I think there are a number of excellent eateries in the city, what a shame you only had one good meal. Where else did you try?

                2. Hi : ) booked for this Sunday but water taxi is €130 one way seems a lot, how did you get there? Kind regards, Alex

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                  1. re: Percy868

                    there are regular, scheduled vaporetti that go to that Island (Mazzorbo), from Fondamenta Nuove. in Venice, surely the easiest way to get there and back if you are in Venice..

                    There is some travel info on Venissa's website,
                    http://www.venissa.it/index.php?idSez...

                    You can also cross a footbridge from the island of Mazzorbo to Burano if you are interested in seeing both islands.