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We will be in Venice Sunday and Monday (11/12) of November and are looking for wonderful fine dining restaurants for dinner, hopefully white truffles?, but quality is most important. Any suggestions? I know, we are kinda late with this....Tmeesh

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  1. Here is a recent thread discussing restaurants in Venice:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/867832

    If you go to the upper right-hand corner of this page and search for Venice, you will find many other threads here with helpful suggestions and recommendations for you to review.

    1. Yes, I saw that thread and honestly was overwhelmed. We want a Venitian opulent atmosphere as we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary. We will be coming from Alba where we have reservations at La Ciau, La Libera, Ristorante Piazza Duomo and Rabaja. We want something along the same lines in Venice but don't want the tourist experience. I guess it sounds like we are asking too much, huh? This will be the 3rd visit but first without kids. Any suggestions? Especially as one is a Sunday night....Thanks!

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      1. re: tmeesh

        Well, here is a thread focusing on the "best restaurants" in Venice:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781903

        One question, after eating so well in Piemonte and I am guessing having your fill of white truffles there, do you think you will really want to have more truffles in Venice?

        1. re: DavidT

          Haha!! I've had white truffles imported here and they are nothing like the fresh ones. I really don't think I could get sick of them, but I'm gonna try!!! Thanks for the new thread. I hadn't seen that one. I'm leaning to Al Covo and Vini da Gigio (mainly for the wine list!) but the Venissa sounds sooo interesting although a half hour boat ride in the weather I see projected for the time we are there, makes me think twice.

          1. re: tmeesh

            I spent 5 days in Venice in late November several years ago. It is a great time to visit as there are very few tourists and you can walk into just about any museum or church and have the place pretty much to yourself. However, be advised your may run into "aqua alta," high tides that flood central Venice for a number of hours each day.

      2. White truffles served in wonderful non-touristy, Venetian opulent atmospheric restaurants in Venice? you are asking for too much. White truffle or black are not use in Venetian cooking. You might find white truffles at Harry's Bar or the Fortuny at the Cipriani. Neither are recommendations. Most lightly the white truffles are from Croatia. Maybe inquire Fiaschetteria Toscano if they feature it in a pasta or risotto. In any case, it is a waste of euros and your evenings. My suggestion is to skip the white truffle hunt and dine at some of the recommended places on this board (earlier threads are not that overwhelming). Open Sunday/Monday: Fiaschetteria Toscano, Al Covo, al Gondolieri (no seafood), Vini da Gigio (closed Mondays). Perhaps the simpler Anice Stellato on Sunday.

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        1. re: PBSF

          Id just add that the fine, rare lagoon seafood, not findable elsewhere, is the "truffles" of venice and worth visiting for. Follow PBSF's recommendations, try the seafood appetizers and you will have a great Venetian experience. Also I had heard that Venissa sometimes has game in addition to its other virtues, which might be worth making the lagoon trip for if the weather is acceptable and the restaruant open.

          1. re: jen kalb

            Thanks so much to all of you for helping us pick restaurants in Venice. It makes the trip so much more enjoyable not to have to worry about the choices when we get there. Chowhound does it again!!