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Ristorante Venanzio

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Piazza Palestro 3, 54033 Colonnata, Italy
0585-758033
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Wed 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Buffet, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings
Description: The restaurant is located in the heart of the Apuane Alps,in the main...
The restaurant is located in the heart of the Apuane Alps,in the main square of Colonnata. Our cuisine is a blend of culinary traditional and innovative and delicious flavors, such as the "ravioli with wild herbs" or "rabbit stuffed with lardo with sliced ​​almonds." We organize buffet, working lunch and we have a lot of proposals for groups. The restaurant has two dining rooms, one indoor (50-seat) and one outdoor gazebo (20-seat) in the main square of marble.
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Visitor rating
  • 88
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Quite a Find

Came upon it by accident and found it delightful. It is in the center of a small town and we enjoyed exploring the town after having lunch. We loved the cheese plate but did not like the house wine. We ordered a bottle of local wine called Niccolo V and found it quite good with the pasta dishes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2015
Ken J
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Wellington, Florida
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Wellington, Florida
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109 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Came upon it by accident and found it delightful. It is in the center of a small town and we enjoyed exploring the town after having lunch. We loved the cheese plate but did not like the house wine. We ordered a bottle of local wine called Niccolo V and found it quite good with the pasta dishes.

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Thank Ken J
Switzerland
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137 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Very tasty family restaurant. Local lard is a must to try. Also great local pasta. Very nice ambience and service.

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Thank anvas
Europe
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208 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Very good place that I appreciated again coming here with the family during Easter holiday The hospitality is warm and the ambience is special with photos of the marble caves and the human work within this marble tradition. The menu is centered on lardi di Colonnata plus truffle dishes the latter being motivated by the richness of business lunches occurring... More 

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Hauppauge, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Relatively close to my home base of Carrara while in Italy, but well worth seeking out if you're anywhere in the area. We've visited at various times of the year; the Lardo, is, of course, fantastic- creamy, perfectly seasoned, so tender that it melts in your mouth and surprisingly light (considering its basically raw pork fat). However, on our previous... More 

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Milan, Italy
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Nice restaurant in the main square of the village. Good service and nice people although some of our party were well known to them, which helped. Selection of anitpasti were great, especially the Lardo which they get from a "special source", I was told. But it was the best lardo I've tasted. We had a couple of primi course which... More 

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Thank Andy D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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213 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

One of our very favorites, Venanzio combines the divine food, splendid location up above Carrara, wonderful welcoming of Roberto, with partner, Alessio (amazing chef) and Anna, Roberto's wife. We love the choice aperitivi (see pictures), the red house wine...well, we love everything we have ever eaten here. Always we bring friends and, always!, they thank us for introducing us to... More 

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Thank soncijo
Europe
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208 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

we drove to here in a dark rainy night from Versilia up to the marble mountains. the trip itself is unique because you drive in narrow roads surrounded of hgh white mountains as it is snow but it is indeed arble. you reach a small village that is Colonnata and in the main marble lined square you find Venanzio. perfect... More 

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Houston, Texas
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Colonnato is a neat little town in the mountains next to the Carrara Marble quarries. This restaurant was very enjoyable too. It's a great side trip when in this part of Italy. The food here is traditional local fare with Lardo being featured. It's very good and not expensive.

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Thank davesmall
Grantham
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This is a hidden gem, not really a tourist spot but well known to those in the marble trade who continually visit here. Known as the quarrymans restaurant. Food is italian mountain food so typically heavier than coastal seafood menus however simply supberb. Cost effective - we had 5 courses for about £40 per head. The lamb is exquisite

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Thank RobertD36
Alberta, Canada
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117 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

We enjoyed a great lunch here. The house wine was good, both white and the red. 4 of us ate here and felt that the price was fair. Two orders of spaghetti with bolognese sauce & bread, one order of savory crepes,and a cheese flan with black truffles were enjoyed by our group of 4. Bathrooms were clean too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Piazza Palestro 3, 54033 Colonnata, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Massa Carrara  >  Colonnata
  • Phone Number: 0585-758033

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 69
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Steakhouse, European, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings

Description

The restaurant is located in the heart of the Apuane Alps,in the main square of Colonnata. Our cuisine is a blend of culinary traditional and innovative and delicious flavors, such as the "ravioli with wild herbs" or "rabbit stuffed with lardo with sliced ​​almonds." We organize buffet, working lunch and we have a lot of proposals for groups. The restaurant has two dining rooms, one indoor (50-seat) and one outdoor gazebo (20-seat) in the main square of marble.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?