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La Buona Forchetta

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L. Aponal 1295, 30125 Venice, Italy
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hidden gem among the tangle of streets near the Rialto bridge

Scouting out the gastronomic resources not far from the tourist magnet known as the Rialto Bridge , we happened upon a tiny boite (about two dozen seats) run by a self-effacing, hospitable middle aged couple. It was lunch time, and its fixed price menu of 19 euros ranked among the highest on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2014
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New York City, New York
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  • Local cuisine
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

After wondering around venice aimlessly for a good quality, fair priced meal, we came across a small hidden gem. Not being hassled by a waiter to look at the menu was a breath of fresh air After being seated we chose the menu of the day, which had a good selection of two courses to choose from for €19 The... More 

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Hurstpierpoint, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We visited this restaurant on the advice that it served genuine Venetian food. The sea bream was tasty and well cooked, and the salt-cod was an interesting new experience for me. But we found it was little expensive for what it was, and did not really match up to the more glowing reviews we had seen. The waiter also made... More 

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Bennington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This restaurant is really special! It is small and cozy with only 5 or 6 tables. The Signora welcomes each guest with open arms and you are immediately at home in a small intimate dining room. The menu is interesting and includes all of the Venetian seafood specialties. In fact, this very unassuming restaurant is the meeting place for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Last year we first explored this restaurant and it was love at first sight. Small, cost and authentic in the Venetian style. Mariella gives you the feeling of coming home for a Sunday roast. She offers local, unpretentious menues for fare rates.everything is tasting delicious. And the background music strengthens the romantic atmosphere. We will go back every time we... More 

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Mossley Ashton under Lyne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A small Trattoria hidden away in St.Aponal, the Buona Forchetta offers first class fresh traditional Venetian food served in a convivial atmosphere by the redoutable Sig.ra Marinella. Terrific value for money all the "Antipasti" were varied,fresh and original. A real gem in a place like Venice where most so called Restaurant are in reality tourist traps. Sig.ra Marinella e' stato... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Scouting out the gastronomic resources not far from the tourist magnet known as the Rialto Bridge , we happened upon a tiny boite (about two dozen seats) run by a self-effacing, hospitable middle aged couple. It was lunch time, and its fixed price menu of 19 euros ranked among the highest on the rapport prix qualite index for our 10... More 

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Portsmouth UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Welcomed warmly by La Signora owner who also waited at table and gave wise advice about wine and menu - wonderful tasty fish soup which was a meal in itself - a haven from the busy streets and so authentic.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Cute restaurant but poor eggplant parm, pasta, and chicken. Maybe we we got used to better food in Puglia and Bologna as this was our first restaurant in Venice. Next time we will use tripadvisor more diligently and hope for better in a town filled with tourists.

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

On our family's first time to Venice, the concierge at our hotel recommended this restaurant. With 3 kids in tow, we were looking for restaurants that weren't the typical tourist traps, but also not the smokey-bar tapas food that is often found in Venice. This restaurant was perfect. Off the tourist drag, but not too far. Small, welcoming, and authentic... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The restaurant is located in an apartment that was converted to a restaurant. Very pleasant place, the owner is also a waitress, typical Italian food, very generous portions and reasonable price.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: L. Aponal 1295, 30125 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Polo
  • Neighborhood: San Polo

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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Staying in San Polo

Neighborhood Profile
San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.