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Venice - Alle Testiere and Antiche Carampane closed, other seafood options?

BryanZ Aug 5, 2013 11:07 AM

Was hoping to visit Testiere or Carampane on an upcoming one-night stop in Venice. They're both closed for summer vacation, however?

Which seafood-centric restaurants in Venice can give me a similar, top-quality experience?


  1. PBSF Aug 5, 2013 02:18 PM

    Seafood only: Ostaria Boccadoro; in terms of food, just as good as Alle Testiere and Antiche Carampane. Should be open in August, closed Monday.

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    1. re: PBSF
      BryanZ Aug 6, 2013 05:05 PM

      Thank you for the recommendation. Boccadoro sounds good and I checked out a couple of your recommendations in the other August-in-Venice threads.

      To complicate matters further we're now seeing a show near the Teatro La Fenice that evening.

      Since we'll be doing cicchetti for lunch, I think we'd like to do a proper meal before the show. Any strong seafood options in the area ,open in August, that will allow us to make an 20:30 show? We're fast walkers, at least!

      Of some of your other recommendations, Al Portero seems like a good, if casual, option, and is a 15 minute walk away according to Googlemaps. Would be great to find something a bit closer.

      Happy to eat after the show if that's an option, just not sure who will be serving at 23:00.


      1. re: BryanZ
        PBSF Aug 6, 2013 09:04 PM

        Difficult given: it is August, one night stopover, a sit down dinner and a show to go to at La Fenice. One big advantage of Al Portego is that they start evening service at 6:30. A better choice for the same service time would be da Alberto but also a 15 minute walk to La Fenice. Nearer and just off Campo Santo Stefano is ai Assassini, a good traditional osteria that might be open in August. For convenience, Vino Vino and Taverna La Fenice are a stone throw from the Teatro; one gets the pre/post show buzz but for food, it would not be my one night in Venice. For late night dinner (after 11pm), you best bet is Al Mascaron or its bacaro Al Mascareta. Two minutes from La Fenice is Acqua Pazza on Campo Sant Angelo which seems to be open whenever I stroll by after an opera. I have not been there in many years and it is on the expensive side but the terrace is wonderful on a warm evening.
        Given all that: if it were my choice, da Alberto (probably the best food of the bunch and reasonable price) for before and Al Mascaron/Al Mascareta for after. To satisfy all your restriction, I can't think of anything better to recommend. You are not going to get great food.

        1. re: PBSF
          BryanZ Aug 7, 2013 10:30 AM

          Thank you. I can't seem to find an email address for da Alberto to confirm that they will be open and start service early enough for us to make our show. Any ideas for how to get in touch?

          Boccadoro is only a 15 minute walk away from our theater but doesn't start service until 19:30, which doesn't work based on our 20:30 curtain. I'm inquiring to see how late they serve until.

          If money were no object does that open up the solution space a bit? Happy to spend for a great meal if they're open after the show for a late dinner. Just want it to be relatively accessible from the area of the La Fenice.

          1. re: BryanZ
            PBSF Aug 7, 2013 11:25 AM

            For many osterie in Venice, da Alberto does not deal with email. Phone is the only option and they speak English. I believe they start evening service at 6:30pm and open in August. Eating after your show at 11pm is too late for Boccadoro as will as most sit down places.
            Even if money is no object, it does not solve your early/late/near La Fenice/August issues. Except for a couple areas where drinking is more important than food, Venice is not much of a late city. With only one day in Venice, it is going to limit your choices and how much you can do.
            As for Osteria da Fiore, I have never had their 50 euro lunch. You will probably be limited on menu choices. The last time I ate their was a few years ago as guests. The food was very good but one is paying a premium for their name. No Venetians unless one is on expense account go there. Like jen kalb, I wasn't taken by the ambience. If you are considering doing a midday meal, why not Boccadoro. It has good food, wonderful service and tables in a small campo. But no frou frou and tuxedo like da Fiore and you will not have to pay premium for extras such as mineral water, wine, coffee.

        2. re: BryanZ
          PBSF Aug 6, 2013 10:31 PM

          Sorry, I didn't read your post carefully. You are seeing a show near La Fenice but actually at. I was scratching my head that nothing happens in August at La Fenice. Depends on what is 'near' but in that case, would definitely skip Vino Vino and Taverna La Fenice.

          1. re: BryanZ
            jen kalb Aug 7, 2013 08:22 AM

            you may want to swap out your meal plans and have your good seafood meal at lunch and grab some ciccheti at dinner time. That would fit in more comfortably with an evening show.

            1. re: jen kalb
              BryanZ Aug 7, 2013 10:36 AM

              This could be interesting, but there's supposedly sightseeing to do, too. An aside, but my first time in Paris I skipped the Eiffel Tower entirely and only caught a glimpse of it rushing between back-to-back starred lunches. But those were simpler, more gluttonous times, and we do want to catch some of the sights given we only have a day in the city before heading back to the States.

              If we were to do a bit of a fancy lunch Osteria da Fiore is interesting with its affordable E50 menu. Any idea if the restaurant will be open on August 17? Is it any good for a one-starred spot?


              1. re: BryanZ
                jen kalb Aug 7, 2013 10:49 AM

                In august you want to be doing your sightseeing very early in the AM (both to avoid heat and crowds) and late in the afternoon - lunch is a perfect time to chill and get off your feet and out of the sun and tourist hordes. While I agree there are signts to see in Venice, Venice itself is the main sight, so see San Marco but then get as far away from it as you can and walk around. Altho you can navigate Venice without a map by following the arrows on walls, a map is a good idea to avoid the cattle chute and unattractive quality of the marked routes in high season as well as vaporetto lines.

                Maybe someone here has had the Da Fiore lunch and can comment - there is no doubt that their seafood is top flight, but we didnt like the place on our one visit. Michelin stars are not the best principles for restaurant selection in Italy.If you are still interested in the high quality seafood meal you can go for it at lunchtime.

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