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“Nice local Osteria” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bentigodi di Chef Domenico

Bentigodi di Chef Domenico
Calesele-Cannaregio 1423, Venice, Italy (Cannaregio)
39 041 822 3714
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Ranked #304 of 1,197 restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Cannaregio
Ann Arbor, Mi
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Nice local Osteria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

Off the beaten touristica path in a quiet section. Very good local food, feels like a local joint, friendly staff seemed to know all the guests other than us. Well worth it.

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73% Recommend
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New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent game dinner, just wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

My wife and I recently spent a few nights in Venice, sandwiched around a cruise. Our concierge at the Boscolo Bellini suggested an Umbrian game dinner at this nearby (10 minutes from the Scalzi) restaurant.

The deal was E30 for a multi-course game dinner with one glass of wine. We had a wonderful, leisurely meal (3 hours), but it was a lot of fun.

Crostini di selvaggina - Tasty olive spread on a crostino, and a duck liver spread on another. I liked this a whole lot. Not greasy, very flavorful and fragrant.

Assagi di salumi dell'Umbria - a generous plate of black sausage, proscuitto, cured but uncooked bacon, and more crostini. Liked this a lot.

Umbricelli al sugo d'oca - shredded duck served with thick pasta and a generous sauce of white and red wine, and cherries. This was a wonderful dish, and one that will absolutely be in my kitchen this winter. The duck was cooked and shredded into large pieces, then finished in the sauce and pasta. It was a little sloppy with the long pasta,

Spezzatino di cinghiale - a pork, carrots, onions, sage, artichoke, etc stew cooked down to a fragrant concoction. Again, a wealth of flavors including a little rosemary and lots of wine.

Assagi di formaggi dell'Umbria - five or six Umbrian cheeses, including a pepper cheese, a Piave-style cheese, a Brie-style, more crostini and crackers

Nero della Cervara, 2008 by Franco Todini aged in virgin oak for 12 months

This is absolutely not a place for anyone in a hurry. We arrived with a reservation about 7.30, and were warmly greeted. Wine glasses filled. About 8.30, other patrons started drifting in, and the chef came by to say hello, etc. No food yet.

Since just about everyone was having the game dinner, the chef waited until around 9, and began sending out plates to everyone. We were first for each course, so people came over to our table, to check out what things looked like, comment, etc. It was quite pleasant for us, as we appeared to be the only non-Italians in the place that night. We met most of the people in the room by the time the night was finished.

American jazz on the sound system, followed by live music after about 9.30.

Quite reasonable for what we received. E30 x 2, plus E30 for a full bottle of the Umbrian Franco Todini wine, plus taxes came to about E110.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Change is not always a good thing....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We used to love Bentigodi in Venice, and have reviewed it very favourably via Tripadvisor previously. Visiting a couple of days ago, the change that comes about with new ownership (for last few months) really struck home. Though the new owner was charming, and sensed our disappointment and offered consolatory cognacs, this will not mean a return visit. He needs to review his chef's skill-levels and waiters' approach to service. Main fish course of scallops was austere and unimaginative; main pasta course had wet pasta worsened by totally overcooked steamed vegatables (impossible to eat with pleasure) in a 'cheese basket' (imagine a web of chesse straw). The initial waiter was surly and inattentive. Subsequently the owner produced a large bowl of parmesan for us; this could be used to disguise but not compensate for the ruinous cooking. Wine list was expensive (we refrained!) and the cover charge was high in comparison to other restaurants we visited. in addition, hideous tinny pseudo-rock music in background from bar. Oh dear!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Tinley Park, Illinois
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent dinner and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This restaurant was just down the street from my hotel, and had I found it earlier I would have visited more times. The service was excellent, and the food was delicious. They gave a welcome glass of prosecco and a piece of bruschetta from the "house". I had the grilled chicken, and it was delicious! The piano player was wonderful. Altogether a most enjoyable experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A great Italian eating experience!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This Osteria was recommended by our hotel staff and was one of the highlights of our trip to Venice. We loved the food and atmosphere. We ordered based on the Chef's recommendations and had a wonderful dining experience. Everything from the bread to desserts including wine throughout the meal was exceptions. We were never rushed and the staff was attentive without being overbearing. It was a truely wonderful way of spending an evening in Venice. It is a true Venitian dining experience. Don't miss this place while you are here.

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