Look, Venice has about 38,000 permanent residents and, at any given time, 150,000 tourists. There is, in places, a EuroDisney look and feel to one of the most gorgeous places in Italy. This, at times, carries over to the food as well. To be clear, there are A LOT of really good restaurants in Venice and I encourage you to wander away from St. Marks to explore and find some calmer neighborhoods with interesting, less bustling culinary options.
One of these is Enoteca Ai Artisti. Yes, the food was spectacular but, unlike previous reviews I've written, the standout here was 1) our waiter Alex; and 2) his ability guide us through perfect wine pairings. Further, he was exceptionally prompt, polite, attentive (without hovering). I can't say enough about this guy.
That said, the food really was about the best we had in Venice. I strongly recommend the soft shell crab appetizer. Outstanding.
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