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“Wonderful food, wonderful location, wonderful service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pontini

Pontini
Centro Storico fondamenta de Cannaregio No. 1268, 30121 Venice, Italy (Cannaregio)
+39 041714123
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Ranked #49 of 1,195 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Cannaregio
Birchington, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful food, wonderful location, wonderful service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We could tell this was a popular restaurant as it looked like locals were waiting for tables. We weren't disappointed. The four of us sat outside so had a good typical Venice view of bridge/canal and also meant we got a table for four earlier rather than sitting inside. Two of us had seafood spaghetti which was excellent, but all the food looked really good. The whole experience was excellent, from the excellent friendly service to the food and drink. And all at a very good price.

  • Visited March 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Great location, first class service & wonderful food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

Just left Pontini after having our first real Italian meal in Venice & I can absolutely endorse the numerous other great TripAdvisor reviews of this little place.
It's really easy to find being just 20 yards from, & in sight of, Ponte delle Guglie in Canareggio.
We turned up early (6:15pm) as many of the reviews mentioned Pontini fills up very soon after this time & that was our experience too. There's seating for 24 diners & we were numbers 3 & 4 when we arrived. By the time we left around 7:45 there were only 2 spare seats.
The restaurant seemed to be mainly full of tourists although the small bar area was very busy with Italians all of which gave the place a nice "feel".
Service was very prompt & was accompanied by a beaming smile from the Italian chap that served us. He didn't seem to have any English but even with my non-existent Italian ordering was slick partly because the menu has an English translation.
The food was superb & served in just the right quantity, just enough but not too much to be over facing. Both of us ordered the sardines to start & I can definitely recommend. A real treat with sweet onions & beans to accompany the fish. I then plumped for the homemade lasagne which was great while my partner went for the Salmon Penne which she says was fantastic - it certainly looked the part. We finished off with the Tiramisu for two & it was truly delightful & although I'm no aficionado it was far & away the best I've had. All of this was sent on it's way with a reasonable bottle of Chianti & water & the bill came to 70 euros (without the tip).
All in all a great meal in a nice, friendly place with a touch of the authentic. If we get chance before we fly home we'll be back for seconds at Pontini.

  • Visited February 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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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Lovely food , lovely restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

Spotted this restaurant on the side of a canal near our hotel. Went on Sunday , but it was closed , but went back the next day and was not disappointed ! Lovely family run restaurant , very friendly atmosphere. Staff very friendly , and although we spoke very little Italian and they spoke very little English ! It did nt matter!! Food was delicious , fantastic authentic Italian food. I had sea food pasta , which was lovely , and only £14 euros , while my parter had the las gagne which was equally lovely. Had homemade tirimasu for desert , which again was delicious.
Everything was lovely about this restaurant and I would recommend anybody to go there. You will not be disappointed , so please go and ensure restaurant and owners like this prosper. The best good we ate all week in Venice.

  • Visited February 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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“Cheered us up after a visit to the Ghetto”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We had just visited the old Jewish Ghetto and were feeling somewhat sad about the ancient and modern history of persecution, which was so pungent that you could almost cut it with a knife. So, we walked out of the narrow alley leading in to the Ghetto and decided on the spur of the moment to eat at the Pontini.

We had been warned that tourist food in Venice was really bad, which we had found to be an exaggeration, but after 5 days on a careful budget, we had still not had a really nice italian meal. That changed with the Pontini. Like so many other reviews, we also had really good food, served in a cheerful family environment by a friendly waitress.

We kept it simple and went for spaghetti a la bolognese, which was different from the meal outside Italy, but really tasty. Our neighbors, who were on their umpteenth visit to Venice and regularly eat at the Pontini were having the traditional dish of "black" squid pasta, a Venetian delicacy. The pasta is colored black by squid ink, so I was not tempted, but our neighbors liked it.

This was out last meal in La Serenissima and it closed our holiday perfectly.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Extremely friendly service and very good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We had an excellent meal at Pontini, which is in the Cannaregio district, near the Guglie bridge. It's a neighbourhood trattoria which does simple, excellent, good value cuisine. Venice seems to have an abundance of overpriced, average restaurants. This one is far from typical. The waiter serving us was incredibly jovial and friendly. We had a couple of pasta dishes, which were excellent and easily big enough for a main despite being listed as 'primi'. The seafood pasta was particularly good. This was our most enjoyable meal in Venice and it was very reasonably priced. Our hotel was about 5 minutes away, which made it particularly handy!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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