Osteria Oliva Nera, Venice, 12/12/14

Exterior
Exterior

This small restaurant becomes much larger in the summer when they also open the building across from it and have outdoor seating. In the winter it is a wonderfully cozy spot where the owners are very present. The owner’s daughter presented us with the “drawn at the table” dessert menu and the owner helped us make our meal selections. They even have their own label of wine which was tasty and went well with the food.

Frankie checks out the olives
Frankie checks out the olives

My best advice here is to get their specialities – the lasagna was unlike any I’ve had but I didn’t leave a drop of it on my plate (they were nice enough to split a serving for all of us to have a try), the squash blossoms are delicious and our local companions reported that the fritto misto is among the best around and that was certainly the case in the bits I tasted. All the desserts were quite nice and most importantly the chocolate was very chocolatey and had the necessary addition of caramel for me! This is family cooking served at it’s best and we couldn’t have felt more at home here!

bread service
bread service
fish carpaccio and tartar
fish carpaccio and tartar
fried squash blossoms
fried squash blossoms
lasagna (house specialty)
lasagna (house specialty)
Veal chop
Veal chop
Monkfish with ginger, lemon and fried leeks
Monkfish with ginger, lemon and fried leeks
fritto misto
fritto misto
dessert menu
dessert menu
Monte Bianco
Monte Bianco
Molten chocolate cake with caramel and berrries
Molten chocolate cake with caramel and berrries
Tiramisu
Tiramisu
wine
wine
wine back
wine back
Frankie hopes to convince his newest friend to share!
Frankie hopes to convince his newest friend to share!

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