I had read a lot about Antiche Carampane ahead of time: the wonderful seafood menu without tourist items, how difficult it is to get reservations, how difficult it is to find, that it is located in the former red light district...etc. Call it the lure of the mystique, but I was determined that one of our two evenings in Venice would be spent at this restaurant.
Our hotel was able to get us a reservation for the first sitting of two, and gave us a map. Suffice it to say that our iPhones were also very helpful. It is located in a very quiet section of San Polo, not too far from the grand canal and Rialto area, and part of the fun is to find it on your own through alley ways and across small bridges that are so much a part of the charm of Venice.
We were warmly welcomed and with only slight hesitation when they realized that we didn't speak much Italian. We were also not rushed through our meal at all. It is definitely more of a locals place to eat, and a little nicer than casual, and very intimate, as it is somewhat small. The wait staff were very friendly and helpful as well as attentive.
My father in law says that his fried shellfish were the best he's ever had, coming from someone who grew up near the coast eating fried seafood. My shellfish pasta was also excellent. There were so many great choices on the menu, although the menu was not huge. They do fresh and special seafood dishes at Antiche Carampane and the menu changes a lot according to what is fresh and available.
We would definitely jump at another chance to dine here, and cherish the memories of our one experience so far.
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