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“A welcome return to an old favourite.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria Bea Vita

Osteria Bea Vita
Cannaregio 3082 | Fondamenta Delle Capuccine, 30121 Venice, Italy (Cannaregio)
+39 041 275 9347
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Ranked #85 of 1,132 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Cannaregio
Kettering, England
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90 reviews 90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“A welcome return to an old favourite.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We last visited this lovely, quiet, off-the-beaten-track place 6 years ago and the only thing that seems to have changed is that the portions served are now huge and would challenge many people to finish on their own.The delicious antipasto di mare for two to share(28 Euros) was more than enough, and hardly the best preparation for what was to follow: a colossal starter of puff pastry, ricotta cheese and steamed vegetables (13 Euros) which quite defeated my wife. it was rich and dense and she loved it, but had to leave half of it. I couldn't help her out as my spaghetti marinara (15 Euros) was the biggest I have ever seen and generated a pile of mussel and clam shells the size of a capsized boat's hull. The quality couldn't be faulted- richly flavoured with discreet chili heat and perfect al dente pasta.
I just wish we had known about the portion size in advance and we could have ordered differently with a view to sharing all dishes. Belonging to a generation brought up in austerity after the war to clear our plates come what may, it grieves us to leave anything uneaten.So if you don't have the appetite of Gargantua and have neglected to starve yourself for the previous 24 hours, you know what to do when you dine here.
The 1 litre jug of excellent white vino locale at 8 Euros is an absolute bargain and unlike most offerings in caraffa, NOT reduced in alcoholic strength.
Now that we know the set-up here, we're looking forward to our next visit to Bea Vita.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Great Welcome Great Food Great Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We also ate our last meal in our recent, but not our first, visit to Venice. No one recommended it and in fact we were looking for another, better known Bacari, along the Fondamente Miseracordia.
As we wandered past my wife was given a big smile and a happy "buongiorno" by one of the ladies serving large plates to a couple of early lunchers. Further on we passed several restaurants with the usual "promoter" standing outside trying to drum up business. Too late, our venue for lunch had already been decided and what a good decision it was.
The menu is pretty small, which is often a recommendation in itself, but the helpings are pretty large and the food is delicious. We ate cicchetti and Caprese with some very decent red and coffee. It was all clearly fresh, well put together and served in a happy friendly atmosphere that is common is Italy general but sadly less so in Venice.
Tables are available inside and outside by the canal and interestingly whilst Bea Vita was full of locals several places further along were almost empty.

  • Visited October 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Lovely happy staff and a great cup of tea/spritz!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stumbled across this little restaurant one afternoon and had the best cup of tea we had in 3 days in Venice. They actually used properly hot water and it was 2 Euros each.

We went back for a spritz in the evening and found they were fully booked up for dinner even though it was only 6pm. The spritz was generous and only 2.5 Euros each. A shame we couldn't eat there; we had a very average meal somewhere else.

We went back the next day but it was closed all day - Sunday.

What I was struck by both times we went was how friendly and happy the staff were.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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“Fantastic mussels and clams!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Went there for our last meal in Italy based on the recommendation by our hotel, boy we were not disappointed. We ordered mussels and clams cooked in white wine and tomatoes and the portion is huge! And its one of the best we ever taste. Their dishes with mussels and clams seem to be really popular and portion really huge, totally worth it. Might want to share one portion if you are not a big eater. Plus point, water is serve free there

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Gigantic portions of delicious pasta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

We ordered two takeaway pastas: salmon & rocket salad and bolognese - both were cooked very quickly and tasted very good, plus the price was also very decent. Highly recommended!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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