Bistrot de Venise, Venice, 2/27/19

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Bistrot de Venise is a large place made up of a number of small rooms.  It offers a huge menu featuring Historic and Modern Classic Venetian cuisine including several tasting selections.  It must be a common tourist destination as the brochure on the table offered a number of the items from the place for sale.  However the food is amazing and the number of people in attendance showed that, that was known.  The room where we were was colored with red and gold, with decorative gold fish candleholders on each table to supplement the already well lit room.  The red velour walls were accented with strips of antiqued gold where recessed lighting was.  Red bench seats matched red chairs on the other side of the table.  The walls were decorated with drawings, paintings and photos.  Tables are closely set and some of the 2-tops were pretty small but all were covered in nice linen cloths embossed with a leaf design and matching napkins.  It was a casual crowd in a fairly elegant setting.  Waiters spoke good English and were helpful, friendly and willing to direct your meal plan.   Classical music played in the background and they were happy to split dishes or have us split them at the table, even bringing extra plates. Continue reading

Da Ivo Restaurant, Venice, 2/27/19

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Da Ivo is an institution in many eyes.  Opening in 1976 it is an elegant, old school setting frequented by the rich and famous, like George Clooney, Elton John, Naomi Campbell, Tom Cruise, and Barbra Streisand to name a few.  Its location allows clients to arrive by water taxi or gondola rather than walking there.  The small tables are fairly close and covered with salmon covered clothes with the name prominently printed in the middle, and the napkins are the same.  Tables are set with little birds or cats that turned out to be the salt shakers.  Photos, wine bottles and other memorabilia cover the walls which have stained glass partitions between diners and the street and the kitchen.  The wait staff all spoke great English and were very helpful and friendly, but plenty of Italian was being spoken by other guests.  They offer a huge menu but where to order is off the small chalkboard of daily specials that is brought to the table on a swivel pedestal.   Continue reading

Al Covo (update), Venice, 2/24/18

interior showing a bit of their new tables
interior showing a bit of their new tables

It hasn’t been long since Frankie’s last visit to Al Covo but she always enjoys the food and hospitality there.  Thought we’d include a few pictures of what we had that evening but warn you that we ordered primarily from the specials that evening so it may not be available when you go.  However it’s fun to watch the food evolve as does the physical facility.  This time they’d put in new seating and tables.  Always moving and that may be why it is one of the best places in Venice.   Continue reading

Ostaria Da Rioba, Venice, 2/24/18

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entry

Ostaria Da Rioba is in one square room with polished wood tables with beige cloth runners and matching napkins.  One wall is exposed brick and 2 others are windows to the streets surrounding it.  Wooden beams line the ceiling and a beautiful terrazzo floor in below.  Tables are small and there is light mixed style music in the background.   There was a set lunch menu or a small menu to chose from.  Service was attentive and they have an extensive after dinner drink menu.  While nothing was bad here nothing came off as outstanding or unique, it felt like it lacked soul.  Continue reading

Osteria Enoteca San Marco, Venice, 2/23/18

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Osteria Enoteca San Marco is a good sized place that runs through several rooms.  Soft music plays in the background, lighting is lowered, chairs are springy and comfortable, tables are of wood or marble with the rough wood ones having cloth runners and smooth tops are all being bare, nice large cloth napkins at every place – in other words there has been some attention to detail awaiting you here.  The restaurant has been here for 15 years and so has had time to collect some interesting fixtures and decorations.  The menu changes about every 3 months so expect some different options but check this place out if you are in the area.  Service was efficient and well paced and the various staff spoke good English.   Continue reading

Trattoria alla Maddalena, Venice, 2/23/18

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building

Antica Trattoria alla Maddalena is on the island of Burano, just off the Mazzorbo vaporetto stop, in Venice.   It is a large building that has numerous dining rooms, garden, patio and take out counter.  Inside we were seated in a contemporary dining room decorated with modern paintings and large wood accents.  It has been serving typical Venetian cuisine for  60 years.  Service was friendly and efficient and they were happy to show us around to some of the other rooms when we finished our meal.  It is worth it to take the trip over here.   Continue reading

Trattoria Vini Da Arturo, Venice, 2/22/18

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Vini Da Arturo was a small place of about 9 white cloth covered tables.  It had a lively crowd and no fish which is unusual in Venice. It also offers some vegetarian options.  Ernesto Ballarin is the chef behind many of the recipies, which he’s developed over the 23 years he’s run Vini da Arturo.  He and some of his staff get flown to Los Angeles every year to cook his famous fried vinegar pork.  Interestingly there never was an Arturo.  Service is helpful and well paced.  Tables are given a mix of breadsticks and bread.  It was fine but mostly good with food.   Continue reading