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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exterior

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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exterior

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

Osteria Alla Frasca, Venice, 2/22/18

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exterior

It’s been 4 years since Frankie visited Osteria alla Frasca and this time we went for lunch rather than dinner and sat inside instead of in the outside tent.  Without the addition of the outdoor seating it is a very small place of about 7 tables.  Located on a quiet square,  this structure has been around since 1903 where it was rumored to store paintings by Tiziano at one time as well as serving as a wine shop.  Bruno Natural took over the place in 2012 and restored much of it to its original state including the wonderful sign on the front of the building.  Soft jazz music plays in the background and natural light fills the lightly painted room from the large front window.  A small window behind the bar serves as a pass through for the kitchen which offers a simple Venetian, locally sourced cuisine.  Tables are covered with paper mats and alternately colored napkins. Continue reading

Osteria Alle Testiere (update), Venice, 2/21/18

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street window

There are several previous Alle Testiere write ups on this site so I’ve identified this as an update.  I had been a number of times and it was in fact one of my favorite places in Venice and I just couldn’t  not go whenever we visited Venice.  We often went the first day there and either the jet lag effect or just having been there enough to make you tired of going there,  made me declare I’d been there for the last time.  Either way, I’m glad I broke my word and went back to try it again.  I felt it had gotten too tired and too full of tourists but this time it showed the freshness and friendliness that brought me to love it in the first place.  It was a fine meal from start to finish, with the dessert being better than ever.  The only ding I’d still give it is the size of the tables and how close they are together however in their defense there is no room to have bigger tables nor to place them any further apart.   Continue reading