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“Fazolis of real Italy. Fast food Italian” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Brek

Brek
Cannaregio | 124 Lista di Spagna, Venice, Italy (Cannaregio)
0412440158
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Ranked #328 of 1,197 restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Cannaregio
Carlsbad, Ca
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“Fazolis of real Italy. Fast food Italian”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Food was not good at all. Fast food Italian food. They did have wine by the half liter for 3.30E and free wifi. Decent cheap alternative although I would take a kabab wrap or pizza any day over this excuse for Italian pasta.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Dorset
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“Brilliant food and wine at low prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

So glad we were already aware of Brek, thanks to Tripadvisor. We ate here every night of our stay,.

Take a phrase book. Choices are listed in Italian, tho you can always look and point.. Senape is Italian for mustard, sold in sachets at 15 cents..

There is of course a variety of pasta, but the freshly cooked fresh meat and vegetables are excellent quality, local and varied. There was home made, delicious, ratatouillle one night. It does take at least 10 mins for meat of your choice to cook, we had steak and chicken, both excellent and cooked in front of you. So order that first, then choose wine, salad etc, while it's on the grill. Oil, vinegar etc (Italians don't really go in for varieties of salad dressing) are on a table after check out

If there are two of you, one can buy bread wine etc and sit down, while the other brings through the hot food at last minute. We worked this out by our last night, and it was the best arrangement. Great desserts.
Venice does not have to be expensive! fabulous for anyone on a budget, with family, or who just likes to eat good food without a fuss and loads of service charges!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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MALTA
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“Cheap, quick and cheerful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Stopped for a quick lunch at Brek - a plate of pasta, a main course with side vegetables and a carafe of wine - €16.50. Excellent! Great taste with little expense. A must!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Codsall, United Kingdom
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“Do what the locals do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

It is not expensive to eat in venice if you do what the locals do and eat at Brek. It is self service cafeteria style which is used mainly by students and locals both during the day and the evening. You can eat in or take away, and there is a range of food including choice of pastas, steaks cooked while you wait, chicken, cooked veg, salads (lovely seasonal variations), wine, bread, etc.
So, don't get ripped off by some mediocre "dining experience" tourist trap restaurant. Do youself a favour and eat here!

Visited November 2012
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“Fast and reasonably-priced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I had dined at Brek in Venice and Padova a few dozen times over the last decade. The quality is reliably good, food is always fresh, and price is always a lot lower than regular restaurants. This is the go-to restaurant for me when I need a really quick bite and I happen to be near the train station area. I always find good salad and good pasta here. The area near the front of the store has yogurt, milk, beverages, and snacks food, great for taking on the train. I noticed many people with young children dine here. It is definitely a kid-friendly restaurant.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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