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if you are going to Venice ..don't miss these 2 restuants!!!

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We have been to Venice several times in January and love it...not many tourists and not too cold..wanted to let anyone going there know about 2 of our favorite places that are very local fare! Both were recommended to us by our concierge at Casa Segrado....they are both very close to that hotel....and in my mind are a "Not to be missed "food expierience...
One is Osteria Giorgione ...Calle Larga Proberbi 30131 Venice
This is a place where many locals go and is an amazing "find" for a traveler to Venice...service is friendly and very helpfull in all regards...
It is a small local place that has several rooms to dine in and a small bar.
The food is very Venitian and really amazing! and all the sea food is fresh,,, the waiter started by telling me about the chestnut pasta (all pastas are made daily)..I had ravioli stuffed with a turbo mouse along with small cherry tomatoes and tiny shrimp..then went on to the sea bass with roasted rosemary potaoes .our waiter brought a side of velvety polenta that was over the top!! The waiter suggested wine which made the whole dining experience even better..
i hope whoever tries this has as great a time as we had ..we always go back every time we are there.......
Second one Corte del Pegoloto Cannaregio 1828-1831 30121
Second is Ristorante Enoteca La Colombina
This is again a place that was suggested by the hotel...it is a short walk from the Casa Segrado and a small gem of a place...reviews say that it is some of the best food a great number of people have had in Italy! wow...
The waiter /chef was hilarious and made us laugh the minute we got there at our table. after he gave us menus he just asked us what we liked and said he would just bring us things..so we said ok..
first : a small bruschetta with fresh tomatos , capers and olive oil..
second: a "stack" on a small plate of carmalized onion, toasted pine nuts
raisons and tiny fried shrimp...sounds odd? yikes was it good!
third: large ravioli stuffed with burrata cheese ,fresh herbs with a tomatoe
sauce
fourth: roasted sea bass with black olives, fried capers and cherry
tomatoes...served with roasted rosemary potaoes, braised
radicchio with olive oil and balsamic..
A great bottle of red wine.....The chef asked if i liked risotto and of course i said I loved it...he then proceeded to say he would make me some with mushrooms....I said i was already in a slight food comma so not that night...
he asked me if i could cook and i said i did love to ..He went in the back and brought out a huge plastic baggie with the most fabulous smelling dried porcini for me to take home...
We got the bill ......ready for the bill.......$100.00 US in Jan 2011.
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  1. Thank you for this interesting report. I hope the moderators won't mind if I suggest that your ravioli were stuffed with turbot mousse, not a turbo mouse.

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    1. re: mbfant

      I don't think they would mind. Do you think they might mind if I drew an allusion between the turbo mouse and Speedy Gonzales?

      Seriously, thanks for the report, Clare. It almost made me cry with nostalgia. We spent a day in Venice where we boarded a cruise ship. I would have foregone the whole cruise just to stay in Venice - it was the highlight of the trip for me!

      I happened across the most wonderful kitchenware shop among the maze of storefronts which I would have just loved to spend more time in, if I had not been accompanied by two grumpy non-shoppers.

      1. re: ursy_ten

        thanks for the kitchen shop tip....would love to know if you remember where it is???

        1. re: clarewwebber

          Lol - mmmmmm, you know what a rabbit warren that place is! It's not far from a little shop where a young girl sells pretty marbled paper products. Somewhere between there and the marketplace (is there only one marketplace?!)

          I wonder if it could be the one mentioned in this post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7953...

          If you look up "Hotel All'Angelo" or "Albergo Angelo" on Google Maps and see that it is within walking distance of the shop described above, then that might be the one :)

          1. re: ursy_ten

            a rabbit warren is a perfect way to say it!! I will find it !! thanks for the info...

      2. re: mbfant

        thank you for the correction....I am a horrid speller and shall edit more carefully in any further chats...I am sure the animal kingdom will appreciate it as well...especially the mouse!!!

      3. You gave the price of the bill as $100 in Jan., 2011. Was this a typo, or did you last eat here 2 years ago? Thanks.

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        1. re: RCF

          yes we were there in January 2011 and that was the price for the total meal...We found that a great number of the local places were very reasonable and suited us better. I like a local not fussy place that has great food....

        2. also note that the La columbina has changed hands
          as noted in this other thread
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8853...

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          1. re: jen kalb

            yes I was greatfull for that info and I have taken new resturante info so that we can try that as well....