On our last full day in Venice, we were headed for Ristorante Antico Martini for a return visit but couldn't get to it due to flooding. After a night of flooding due to a very high tide, the streets had cleared but then it poured from about 10.45am and we would have had to wade through to the restaurant. At 12.45, it was still raining heavily and having changed after being soaked on a walk around the Dorsoduro area that morning, we weren't inclined to repeat the exercise so we ducked into Ristorante da Raffaele which we had passed a few nights before. Despite having read the mixed reviews, we thought it can't be that bad and it wasn't. It just wasn't great either.
In quite a small interior, the plethora of cream tuxedo'd waiters seemed almost like a gauntlet to have to run through. With that many waiters, you'd have thought that the service would have been exemplary but they all seemed to disappear at various times. Anyway, we started with a prosecco and a beer and our waiter eventually returned to take our meal order, at which time, I was able to ask for the wine list to be returned. It had been taken away, with our wine glasses, by another waiter after our pre-lunch drinks arrived.
She started with bresaola and I had the caprese. Both slightly different from the way they've been presented in other restaurants in that the bresaola was parmesan-free and the caprese included a scattering of small black olives. Both were quite good. We followed those with lasagne for her and a grilled veal chop for me. The chop was just the chop on a plate so I asked for fried potatoes as well and a plate of french fries quickly turned up. The chop was ok but we've had much better on this trip. The lasagne was ok too. The highlight of the meal was the Amarone Vajo Serego - a lovely, smooth wine which accounted for a third of the total bill. She finished with a tiramisu and I had a custard and chocolate mousse thing. Both good and accompanied by glasses of prosecco.
This is a passable restaurant which I suspect attracts its clients by its outdoor area right on the water. It certainly looks great at night. On a very wet Friday at lunchtime, the outdoor area looked somewhat bedraggled and, obviously, was not in use. The small interior was full of tourists looking equally bedraggled and who were presumably there as much to escape the rain as to eat. Our lunchtime experience was ok but we've eaten better in Venice and wouldn't return.
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