Osteria Al Portego, Venice, 2/21/18

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Al Portego is a tiny little place with 2 portions.  One half is where you stand and eat cichetti and the other part is filled with 8 pretty small tables that have table service.  If you want one of these tables a reservation is a must as the locals appeared to like this one – with good reason.  They seems ready to push the tables and chairs around into different configurations.  We originally were told that we could get a reservation if we were willing to sit with another couple but when we got there tables had moved and we had our own table.  The tables have a chalkboard menu of options which get erased when they run out.  Our great server was most helpful as well as spoke good English.  Lighting is dim with darkened windows and background music was possibly overflow from the kitchen, but the ambiance was just fine.  Cozy and casual, this is a slow food place not to miss.   Continue reading