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“Perfetto!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria - Enoteca Ai Artisti

Osteria - Enoteca Ai Artisti
Fondamenta della Toletta Dorsoduro 1169 A, 30123 Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro)
+39 041 523 8944
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Ranked #12 of 1,209 restaurants in Venice
Price range: $53 - $133
Cuisines: Italian, Chowder
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Dorsoduro
Description: Telehone booking is recommended. For delays or problems, please inform us by telephone NO EMAIL After 10 minutes late, if you don't call,we consider the reservation canceled and the table will be reassigned.
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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“Perfetto!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I've not always found TA to be 100% reliable in its judgements but, credit where it is due, the main reason why we ate in this wonderful neighbourhood restaurant was because of its high TA ranking and the more intelligent reviews that hinted at its quality.

Even before arriving, I was impressed by the message they sent via our hotel that fish would be off the menu on a Monday night. Though disappointed, having read so many enthusiastic endorsements of soft-shell crab, the fact remains that seafood served in Venice on a non-market day will not be fresh - unless fresh from the freezer.

We had not reserved an outside table so on arrival there was a brief discussion of where we would like to sit. The first table offered us, which was squeezed between two set out for larger groups, did not appeal and the one in the back room near the toilets should definitely be avoided. We were more than happy though with side-by-side stools at the open window where we had all the benefits of eating outside without, as we afterwards observed, being irritated by smokers, itinerant musicians of dubious talent and patrons of the business next door gnawing huge chunks of pizza.

The star of this restaurant is certainly the waiter (there appeared to be only one although another older man cleared tables and occasionally brought dishes to the table) who appeared able to turn away the many who had not booked, discuss the menu with those who had, take orders and bring food to all tables inside and out simultaneously. At 9.00 pm, when tables were notionally turned (although there was absolutely no pressure to leave ours) his efforts were redoubled.

While we studied the menus (written daily to reflect what is available in the morning market) we were presented with small glasses of prosecco which with the excellent bread basket went some way towards offsetting the 3 euros 'coperto' per head. Even though there was to be no fish, there was much on the menu that really appealed. We began with a shared burrata accompanied by beef-, cherry- and sun-dried tomatoes, olives and salad then moved on to spinach-filled ravioli drenched in butter, 4 large ones each and as good as I've eaten anywhere. We finished with two excellent meat dishes - my tagliata di manzo con rucola is a dish we eat often at home and this was a superb version, slices of rare beef with a charred edge and shavings of parmesan scattered across the whole dish. If anything, my wife's veal escalope was even better: wrapped in delicate slices of prosciutto this was melt-in-the-mouth meat, accompanied by a Sicilian-style timbale of vegetables and sultanas.

Sadly we had little room for dessert but managed a delicious pear sorbet between us. With 4 glasses of excellent wine at a price you can only dream of in the UK and complementary espressos (because of a delay in bringing us the bill) we had a fabulous meal for less than £100. Ai Artisti has hit on an easily replicated formula: buy fresh, quality products, prepare them as simply as possible and make your customers feel welcome. It sounds easy but why do so many places fail to get it right? This is far from being even the best restaurant in Venice but it's the kind of place where we would eat regularly if we were residents and it will be on our 'must do' list the next time we visit.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“One of the best pastas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We were amazingly surprised how good it was, foot was excellent ,service outstanding, with recommendation and advisory, Its a bit hard to find but we glad we did, Make reservations before go, as place is very small, we had a table outside it was memorable experience

Visited June 2013
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“Best dinner of our three week trip to Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We loved it here. We were in Venice on the final leg of our three week honeymoon trip. It was recommended to us by our B&B. There are so many restaurants in Venice which all look great but we really wanted to avoid the tourist traps and eat like the locals do. It's a small place so reservations are probably essential. It's very easy to find - we walked from The San Marco District and just used the standard tourist map they hand out at all the hotels - took us about 20 minutes to walk but we stopped for some drinks at a few other bars along the way. We ate at 9pm which is a good time for people watching. There are four tables outside, small tables for two or three people. They are situated alongside a quiet canal. The are a few more tables inside and also a couple of seats at a bench top in the open restaurant window which looks out onto the street - we thought those seats looked nice too. Lovely cosy atmosphere- just the right side of rustic - great food, wonderful service with great wine recommendations - in general, the more we enjoy a restaurant the more courses we'll have - we shared a starter, had a pasta course each (delicious), shared a main of grilled fish with potatoes and vegetables (yum) and had a desert each (my peach sorbet was wonderful). When the bill came we felt it was fair considering the food quality. All in all this was the best meal we had in Italy and one which we will always remember. Would recommend without hesitation!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stumbled across this gorgeous little place after failing to get into Riveria. What a find! It was perfect. Gorgeous little locally run restaurant - daily menu based on what is in season. The ravioli was simple but so so tasty. Service was very friendly and very helpful. The wine by the glass selection was all very good and they were very generous in their servings! A great little find - highly recommended - cant fault it.

  • Visited September 2013
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    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best pasta dish ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Wow!! This place had the best pasta seafood ever. We also tried the fish filet john dory with tomatoes and capers. That was very good as well. The sauce is light but the flavor from oil and fresh veggies and spices makes it so delicious. Yum!! Next time I am here in Venice, i'll definitely be making reservations here!

By the way, they close at 10:30. You can make reservations either for 7 or 9 bc limited table space. Only 4 tables outside and a handful inside. The waiter spoke excellent English and was very friendly.

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