This is big restaurant, down a scruffy alley just a short way from the main tourist trap restaurants near the Rialto bridge. It is not a place to sit out.
We went there for lunch following a suggestian from a Venetian friend - and mentioning his name certainly produced sparkling service and real Italian hospitality. Whilst there was certainly a sprinkling of tourists in the restaurant there seemed to be a higher proportion of local diners. And there were quite a few local business people that popped in, had a quick plate of something and were off again.
The food was absolutely one hundred percent Italian cooking. A lot of the starters were pre-prepared from a huge buffet/servery near the entrance to the restaurant, so not quite gourment - but they came quickly. Our main courses and desserts were very good - although I can't quite put them into my "excellent" category. The wine was fine - and being caught up with atmosphere of the place we probably had a bit more alcohol than usual. The post meal grappa was difficult to ignore either. Pricing was Venetian standard - so not cheap but not over expensive either.
The best part of the restaurant was definitely the atmosphere. Bustling, great for people watching, very lively. If I wanted a party with Italian friends this is one of the places I would want to go to.
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