I go to Italy every summer and stay in Venice for the majority of my time. I am increasingly disappointed in the food as the years go by. In order to eat well, I have to spend a ton of money and I am only mildly satisfied. I must say that the last two years I have gone to Osteria al Carmini, in fact, it just gets better! I just had dinner there tonight and I could not wait until I get home (Texas) next week, to write this review. The seafood antipasti was incredible! The cold was cold, the warm was warm and the bacala mantecata was amazing. The sardine saor, was exquisite and the grilled, soft shell baby crab in smooth, warm polenta was indescribable! I never had such a perfect morsel! For a primo, I had chosen a spaghetti al vongole (exquisite clam sauce). After 6 weeks in Italy and most of that time in Venice, I was beginning to think that I would not get to have this very amazing regional dish. Perfect portion served, perfect temperature, perfect clams. Naturally, being from south Texas I needed something FRIED! As a secondo I had a frito misto. A variety of delicately fried shellfish and calamari and delicate vegetables. Again, perfect. All this was enjoyed with a lovely proseco from Valdobbiadene. After my limoncello, I stole a couple of bites of my daughter's tiramisu. I'm gonna say it....OMG! It was delicious. I cannot stress enough the value of FRESH seafood and all the other ingredients. Too many restaurants are opting for frozen foods and the kitchen staff (notice i wont even call them "cooks") are simply warming it up and serving it to tourist as if we all don't know any better. Well, many of us do! Keep up the good work and never give up the good fight! One should ALWAYS eat well in Italy!
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