Trattoria al Gatto Nero da Ruggero, Venice, 10/23/15

Exterior
Exterior

Burano is about a 40 minute water bus ride from Venice – a nice trip which you can make with your  bus pass. The restaurant has an on- form to fill in for reservations but never got back to us so we had the hotel desk clerk call and he secured a spot for us when they first open. He said they are crazy busy and judging by the crowd we saw arrive after us, he is right. Burano is a fun place to walk around before or after your visit, so plan some extra time to visit shops and enjoy the colorful buildings.

sign out front
sign out front

The restaurant is relatively good-sized with elegant service, nice linens but the waitstaff aren’t as fluent in English as some others.  When we asked about the origination of the name, Black Cat, he told us it was originally a bar and taken over by the Fascists during the war but throughout has stayed in the family. We never could understand the reason for the name black cat other than that black cats might wander by (this was where the language barrier happened) but there are pictures and objects of black cats around the dining room and the delightful dishes all have a small black cat.

table set up
table set up

They started us with a complimentary Prosecco while we perused the menu and then after ordering presented us with the amuse of creamy white polenta and schie – the tiny shrimp that are common in this area. The polenta was perfectly cooked and remained runny and creamy to mix with the delicate shrimp. The risotto has to be ordered for at least 2 and is made with Gó fish, another Venice standard – a small ugly fish. However in this dish it was terrific! Again the risotto was cooked perfectly and came out piping hot and creamy with an aroma of chicken

interior
interior
looking into part of the kitchen
looking into part of the kitchen

broth simmering. A lovely but large dish. The fish, Branzino (sea bass that was in season in the lagoon) and was brought to the table whole and de-boned and plated in front of us. The waiter did a very meticulous and nice job but even the extra olive oil was not enough to make the fish moist in the thinner parts. Mild tasting but not something to order again.  We ordered the cooked vegetable of the day which was supposed to be spinach but turned out to be a type of chicory which was a delightful surprise. It was velvety without a hint of bitterness. We also had the fried potatoes which were also very good and almost tasted as if they had been fried in olive oil. For dessert I tried their housemate tiramisu which was rich, chocolatey and basically a bowl licker.  My husband had the s-shaped cookies that are dunked in sweet wine before eating. The cookies were hard and buttery and made a good absorber of the sweet wine and I got a glass of sweet wine out of it too. A great ending for a very nice meal.

Antipasti menu
Appetizers menu
First course menu
First course menu
Second course menu
Second course menu
fish menu
fish menu
Vegetables, cheese and dessert menu
Vegetables, cheese and dessert menu
bread basket
bread basket
menu cover
menu cover
complimentary Proseco
complimentary Prosecco
plates, see the cat on the red box?
plates, see the cat on the red box?
Amuse bouche: White polenta with gray schie (little shrimp)
Amuse bouche: White polenta with gray schie (little shrimp)
close up
close up
risotto
risotto
Frankie approved
Frankie approved
wine front
wine front
wine back
wine back
Grilled branzino (fish)
Grilled branzino
boned at the table
boned at the table
it was quite a process
it was quite a process
what's left
what’s left
finished product
finished product
Chicory
Chicory
Fried potatoes
Fried potatoes
Frankie always a fan of orchids
Frankie always a fan of orchids
dessert wine
dessert wine
dessert wine
dessert wine
House made tiramisu
House made tiramisu
Frankie checked out the tiramisu
Frankie checked out the tiramisu
“s” cookies for dunking
Spotted the dessert cart on the way out
Spotted the dessert cart on the way out

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s