We've had a lovely lunch at "La Porta d'Acqua" in Venice today. We were six and they set a large and comfortable table for us. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and it was like finding a cozy home in the crowded and freezing "calli" of Venice during Carnival days. The place is not big and it has exposed bricks and a naif fresco on one side, moreover an impressive Murano glass chandelier is over your head. There are some ten tables, so the waiters give you all the attention and care you need and you feel like being cuddled all the time, but never too much. The "antipasto" was great and full of typical food, both from the South and the North of Italy. The waiter brought us to huge plates, to be put in the middle of the table, to be shared. Goat cheese with saphron, shrimps with "rucola" salad, "provola affumicata" cheese (it's a sort of mozzarella, but a bit tastier), octopus in salad, ham, fried anchovies, "verdure in pastella" (sort of fried vegetables, wrapped around in a special pastry) and more. After that, the chef Enzo brought us a special pasta, called "paccheri", nearly impossible to find in the North of Italy, with an angler-fish (or monkfish) tasty sauce. As a "secondo" some of us asked for a "Filetto al pepe verde" (beef tenderlion with green pepper) and potatoes, al covered with a thick gravy which gave a special taste to the potatoes as well. The tenderlion was so soft that you could have cut it with a fork as well. Really great. Some others had a "frittura mista" (fried fish and prawns, anchovies and more) so crispy and tasty and not oily at all. In the end we tasted several cakes: ricotta cheese and pears, which is the one I loved most; a chocolate cake with a fondent frost on it; a soufflé with a soft chocolate heart in the middle, served with vanilla ice cream, that was absolutely great; and a typical cake from Naples, whose name is "pastiera", where the taste of ricotta mingles with that of flowers. We had both Italian white sparkling wine "prosecco" and red wine from the South of Italy "aglianico" to drink. Then espresso coffee, which was necessary after so much good eating. And we were offered home made "limoncello" (lemon liquor). The chef/cook Enzo is so friendly and he knows in such a great way how to melt food tastes and how to create special taste that you are going to remember all your life long. The waiter are kiind and polite, but friendly at the same way. The price is a little higher than what you can find in many other restaurants in Venice, but anyway affordable (and you can check it on the menu, anyway), furthermore, it is absolutely all worth it as the food quality is much above the other restaurants one. This is a place for "gourmets" to eat, non only for hungry people. I'm sure I'll be back as soon as I can.
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