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“Superb!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vecio Fritolin

Vecio Fritolin
Calle della Regina 2262 - Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135 | Calle della Regina, 30135 Venice, Italy (San Polo)
041 522 28 81
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Ranked #280 of 1,197 Restaurants in Venice
Price range: $61 - $85
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: San Polo
Description: Venice���s Vecio Fritolin is a much loved, characterful little restaurant near the Rialto Bridge in Santa Croce where people have been eating traditional Venetian food for over a century. It is one of the city���s few still-thriving fritolini, precursors of today���s fast food eateries, popular in the 1800s with both the rich and less well off. The scrumptious historic finger food is still served, alongside masterpiece variations on other local Venetian and Italian dishes. The seafood and vegetables come daily from the nearby Rialto Markets, and are on the constantly-changing menu within hours. Whether they stumble or deliberately step onto Vecio Fritolin's pink terrazzo floor, everyone's invariably glad they did.
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“Superb!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We were a bit taken aback by the prices when we first looked at the menu: Venice is expensive, but still… however, when we had our meal, we were THRILLED with it: worth every cent. The seasonal salad was one of the most delightful dishes I've ever eaten: tender, earthy lettuce with a variety of herbs that I can't even identify, but kept on surprising me. And the whole thing was topped with slivers of raw artichoke -- but extraordinary ones: castraure from the purple artichokes of San Erasmo. These are the best carciofi in Venice, and the castraure are the tender buds nipped from the young plants, in order to force more buds from the main stalk; they are so tender that they don't need trimming and haven't yet developed a choke. Followed by pacchetti (pasta) filled with guinea fowl, on a pool of green herbal sauce that again channeled "spring." Then we had a fritto misto of calamari, shrimp, tiny Adriatic lobster tails and delicate vegetables that sent us soaring. The chef outdid him/herself!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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elmas6, Proprietario at Vecio Fritolin, responded to this review, June 5, 2014
Many thanks, I home see you again.
Best regards
Irina
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“An excellent meal at a reasonable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Great, friendly, service and delicious, fresh tasting food...plus a complimentary limoncello and petit fours with coffee. Would definitely eat here again.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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elmas6, Proprietario at Vecio Fritolin, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
many many thanks
best regards
Irina
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“Venetian fare,prepared with love”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant is relatively small and has predominantly tables for two.
A few for 4 and one for six.Not a restaurant to visit with a company over 4,romantic for 2.
White linnen,very friendly staff.I went there for lunch this week,was surprised by the freshness and creativity of some of the dishes and we returned a few days later,also for lunch.Most customers were Italian locals.
In between my 2 visits a small part of the menu,in particular the primi piatti,changed and I take that as a good sign.No frozen products,the sauces to accompany the primi piatti were freshly made,very tasteful,and prepared with love.They take time to prepare the dishes,no hurry,relaxed atmosphere.Bravo.

Limited choice of main courses,good choice of antipasti.Wine list seems OK,but could exceed democratic prizing if not careful.Good Italian wines to be found for app. 25 euro a bottle.
I certainly consider to return.

Visited April 2014
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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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“First class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

A fairly low key exterior. We came across it by chance and the menu looked very interesting. The service was very good- professional, efficient, welcoming and friendly. The food was superb and easily of a Michelin star standard. It was not expensive for the quality, although certainly not cheap - that's Macdonalds market. We had scallops to start and they were superb followed by baked cod with mint which was excellent. We will certainly go back. We recommend you make the effort to find this one, the other side of the Rialto bridge from St Marcs square. Typical Venetian cuisine.

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elmas6, Proprietario at Vecio Fritolin, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Many thanks ,Mr Brian
I hope see you again.
sorry for my english
Irina
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“Over-priced, over-salted, over-rated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The least good food we had in Venice and the most expensive (E133 for 2 courses and house wine for 2 of us). The baby artichoke salad with herbs was an inelegant dump of greenery and flower petals in a bowl which had a bitter taste and was very salty. When I complained the smartly dressed waiter commented 'So you don't like fennel'. The fish fry was as you would get anywhere but dry with no slice of lemon or dressing to moisten it. Style and little substance with no sign of the chef or friendly patron who figure on the website.

Visited April 2014
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