Osteria Sant’Elena “Da Pampo”, Venice, 2/28/29

exteroior
exterior

Osteria Da Pampo is a tiny place near a park in the southeast end of Venice, that opened in 2009.  It has a totally different feel to the area than the more visited mid section.  This became a family run (mother and 2 daughters) place with a small menu and a couple of daily specials three years ago.  Service was attentive and friendly and delivered by the baker of the restaurant, who also spoke great English.  You enter on the side of the building into an area that looked like a place where you could get to-go items.  Inside the limited dining area were 12 small closely spaced bare wood tables, but there appeared to be a space for outdoor dining depending on the weather.  The room looked like it was a porch that had been enclosed as there were windows on the 3 exterior walls.  The light green walls and tile floor contributed to the very casual feel of the place.   A couple paintings were on the walls and one corner housed a display of blue and white dishes on elevated crates.  It definitely felt off the beaten tourist path.

exterior
exterior, the water is directly down the street
drawing of place
drawing of place
entry
entry
table set up
table set up
interior
interior
interior
interior
closer display
closer display
Frankie shared the restaurant details
Frankie shared the restaurant details
menu cover
menu cover
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
daily specials
daily specials
Frankie noticed the back of their business card
Frankie noticed the back of their business card

 

Warm octopus and potato salad was chopped tender octopus on top of well cooked potatoes seasoned with olive oil.  It was a mild dish but had a wonderful texture and feel to it.  It was surrounded by small lettuce leaves and had a delightful flavor.

octopus and potato salad
octopus and potato salad
closer
closer
closest
closest
Frankie studied the olive oil
Frankie studied the olive oil

 

 

The bread basket had packages of breadsticks and slices of a nice airy bread with a good crust.

bread basket
bread basket
anothre view
another view
wine front
wine front
wine back
wine back
Frankie checked out the water
Frankie checked out the water

 

 

Ravioli de pesce con salsa di gamberi – Fish ravioli with prawn sauce, was well stuffed and covered with a tasty sauce.  The pasta was filled with  fish and scallop bits and topped with a buttery shrimp sauce.  This was a delicious dish.

ravioli
fish ravioli with shrimp sauce
closer
closer
closer
closer
inside
inside
Frankie noticed the drawing on the bathroom tile
Frankie noticed the drawing on the bathroom tile

 

Pasticcio con gorgonzola e salsiccia – Lasagna with sausage and gorgonzola cheese was well cooked piece of lasagna seasoned with fresh pieces of sausage.  It was a bit dry for my taste but tender with a nice crisp edge to the pasta.  The gorgonzola was strangely mild.  It all blended well and was fine but the ravioli was much better.

fish lasagna
Lasagna with sausage and gorgonzola cheese
other side
other side
from the side
from the side
Frankie wondered who the chairs were named for
Frankie wondered who the chairs were named for

 

We had a side dish of spinach that was well cooked with garlic and olive oil.  It was very strongly flavored in a good way and made with fresh spinach.

spinach
spinach
closer
closer
Sweet server and baker and Frankie
Sweet server and baker Chiara and Frankie

 

For dessert we chose the plum cake with honey, thyme and pine nuts alongside mascarpone that had been made by our server.   She cautioned it was different in that it was not too sweet.  It contained tasty pine nuts but overall was too dry even when mixed with the nice cream.  She was right in that it wasn’t too sweet – it was a lot like a quick bread made with very mild plums.  The various ingredients in it gave it an interesting flavor that worked, just a bit dry.

dessert menu
dessert menu
grappa and whiskey menu
grappa and whiskey menu
Frankie liked the cork stands
Frankie liked the cork stands
plum cake and cream
plum cake with honey, thyme and pine nuts and cream
another angle
another angle
close cake
closer cake
clsoe cream
closer cream
entrty area
entry area
entry area
entry area
interesting wall decorations
interesting wall decorations
Frankie enjoyed the air from a little window
Frankie enjoyed the air from a little window

2 thoughts on “Osteria Sant’Elena “Da Pampo”, Venice, 2/28/29

    1. Let me know what you think! It’s such a different setting, without so many tourists. One more tip, our neighboring table ordered the fritto misto and it looked fantastic! Thanks for your comment!

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