We visited the island of Burano whilst staying in Venice. We used the Vaporetto (water bus) to get there. Definitely the best way to get around Venice and the surrounding islands. The Al Gatto Nero Da Ruggero is located off the beaten path. Nestled alongside a quiet canal, the restaurant is charming and inviting. We came to the Island with the intentions of eating at another restaurant. Upon arrival we discovered our original trattoria destination was closed. We asked one of the local vendors to please suggest another place to eat. We were advised to eat where the locals eat, where he and his family eat, Al Gatto Nero. We arrived with no reservations, slightly early for the lunch rush, just about noon. We asked if we could be seated next to the canal, and we were fortunate to get the only table outside without a reserved sign on it!! Tip: Make a reservation if you prefer sitting outside. The food was amazing... We ordered a seafood combination, several courses of very fresh well prepared morsels from the sea. Scallops, razor clams, mussels, canocchia(mantis prawn!) and tons more. Also the Goh fish risotto was delectable, a local dish, perfect risotto with a hint of the sea. A wonderful meal, and the service was remarkable. We asked the host to please pick the wine and he made the perfect choice and it was very reasonably priced. I will never forget my meal at Al Gatto Nero Da Ruggero, and I will definitely return soon, (I live in California) It was that good.
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