This is a touristy restaurant in a touristy location but, for all that we were quite impressed.
We had lunch here on the day of the fatal accident on the Grand Canal at Rialto having arrived by vaporetto at Rialto about 10 minutes after the incident.
We wanted to eat by the canal and the menu on offer looked as good as any. Our seat was right next to the water and we chose the tourist menu at 20 euros including service but not including wine.
We chose a 0.5 Lt carafe of rose wine which, although un-named, reminded us very much of a Gallo white grenache. This came with very fresh bread rolls but the olive oil and balsamic, mentioned by another reviewer was not on our table so had to be asked for, nevertheless, it arrived, with "dipping bowls" promptly.
I had a lasagne starter and my wife had the spaghetti in pomodoro sauce. The spaghetti was fine and although the lasagne did not taste how I would cook it, it was acceptable, the smell being worse than the taste.
My main course was veal and my wife had the chicken. Both dishes came with a side choice of salad or fries, so, like most, we had one of each and shared. Lots of nice crispy fries and lots of tasty salad helped by our own improvised dressing of oil, balsamic and parmesan.
The veal had obviously been taken out of the freezer and fried, but I knew this in advance as the menu is marked to indicate products which are frozen and not fresh; yes, the chicken was a little dry but there's so much of it you can get past that.
I am an icecreamaholic and it was obvious we were not going to get gourmet italian icecream here but the menu included a dessert so we both chose creme caramel and again, no cause to complain.
Total payable for meal for two including wine 48 euros.
I agree with other reviewers that the service may not be as attentive as they would like but at lunch time each waiter seemed to be looking after about 6 tables, so had plenty of time to stand and it was easy to catch their eye if you needed anything.
This restaurant is less than 100 metres from Rialto Bridge (the view of which is partially obscured by the vaporetto pontoon) and on the north facing side of the canal so on a hot sunny day you can sit outside, pleasantly in the shade of the building. You have to accept that what you pay for here is the view, and to be seen enjoying it.
We enjoyed our lunch and generally we found it to be good value. Best of all - no ill effects!
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