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“Icing on the cake......”

Al Gatto Nero Da Ruggero
Ranked #1 of 29 Restaurants in Burano
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
North Little Rock, Arkansas
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“Icing on the cake......”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

Gratto Nero was absolutely a wonderful experience. The front desk clerk at the Boscolo Dei Dogi recommended we not leave Venice without a trip to Burano to savor the fresh fish and service at Gratto Nero. Well, she knew exactly what she was saying. Started the day in Murano, (skip it unless you like hard sell tactics) wish we had just come straight to Burano to enjoy the community, the sense of colorful history, and most of all this restaurant. We lucked out and got a table in 30 minutes (will make reservations next time) then proceeded to spend the next 3 hrs (late lunch) eating wonderful food, drinking fine wine, and making new friends. Everything was very tasty, the fish was excellent (let the waiter choose for us), de-boned in front of us, but the friendliness and service coupled with the ambiance made it one of the best memories of our trip to Italy. Took public transportation to Burano (crammed and standing up for almost 1 hr), but splurged on private taxi for return to Venice. It cost us $100 Euros but worth every penny to get back quickly and in comfort. I can't wait to go back to Gratto Nero!!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Sara H
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“Jamie Oliver was not wrong!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

After watching a cookery programme by Jamie Oliver we decided to visit this restaurant. He said that if you wanted to experience the best fish in Venice then this was the place to go. He was not wrong!

We were staying in Venice so we took a vaporreto (water boat) to the island of Burano. We took the number 14 from the vaporreto terminal outside of piazza st Marco. This meant we had to change at Punta Sabbioni and get a second vaporreto to Burano. I think it cost us €39 for two return tickets. We could have got the 12 vaporreto from outside Fondamente Novve in Venice which would have been quicker and cheaper but was the wrong side of the island for us.

It took about an hour in total, but it was a wonderful view and a lovely trip in the sunshine. Added to this, Burano is stunningly beautiful so definitely worth the trip. Lots of little, brightly coloured houses and a moment of calm within the madness that is Venice.

We hadn't reserved a table at the black cat which was a bit of an error since we had travelled all the way there. However, we didn't really know how long it was going to take us. All the outside tables were taken, so we ate inside instead.

When we were seated, we were given a glass of prosecco and a lovely selection of bread and crackers. We ordered the mixed fish starter to share called al Gatto Nero experience. It cost €30 and we received the most amazing selection of fish I have ever seen. Some if it I genuinely couldn't name. And I think it was amazing value for money. In London for the razor clams and scallops alone you would pay this. I then had spaghetti with clams which was the best I ever ever had. All washed down with a bottle of Soave Classico which was excellent.

We were served by this lovely waiter from the Dominican Republic who had photos of his children up above the bar. He was very friendly and attentive and when we told him we were there om our honeymoon, gave us a little present of a glass cat. It was very sweet.

We were going to order a dessert wine, but our wonderful waiter brought us a glass of sweet prosecco with some Venetian biscuits to dip in. We spent five minutes trying to decide what the flavour of the dessert wine was- apple? Pear? Before he let us know that it was strawberry! Absolutely delicious.

It was a bit of an effort to get to this restaurant, but in my view, 100% worth it. Without a doubt the best meal I had in Italy, one of the nicest experiences and in a pretty little town. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Delicious food and a great place to linger”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

We rocked up unannounced on a hot and busy lunchtime. The Maître D' asked us, in broad and friendly Scottish accent to come back in half an hour. On our return we were welcomed with a glass of Prosecco, shown to our outside table, before we delighted in a glorious seafood antipast fabulous fresh sea bass. Just perfect.

It turns out the Maître D' is the son of the owner and chef and was educated in Edinburgh... and that's another story.

  • Visited August 2013
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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“Old-school Italian restaurant but none the worse for it...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

I picked up recommendations for Al Gatto Nero from various guidebooks, not to mention The Naked Chef's endorsement in his 'Jamie Does...' cookbook. We already had a dinner reservation but thought we could manage one dish at lunch-time. We hadn't booked (e-mails sent from the UK had bounced back) but as soon as the vaporetto stopped at Burano we made our way there and minutes later, once seated, could see that others were being turned away.

Burano is a small island but there are quite a few bars and restaurants on Via Galuppi, the main thoroughfare from the vaporetto stop. Al Gatto Nero is just a bit further on, beside a quiet and picturesque canal in a residential area. The interior will be familiar to anyone who visited Italy in the 70s: walls bedecked with photos of celebrity customers and dubious local artworks. Although the restaurant clearly attracts a lot of the tourist trade, it still seems to have a loyal customer base from the locality. Local colour during our meal was provided by a couple of elderly Italians who had clearly lunched well and after a couple of grappas were singing quietly in the corner.

Prices reflected the restaurant's popularity as well as its distance from the main island. A hefty coperto of 4 euros each plus 3 more for a jug of tap water were in some measure compensated by small complimentary glasses of vino frizzante and a large basket of excellent breads. My mine course was a huge Fritto Misto which included shrimp, calamari, baby octopus, anchovies and 2 kinds of white fish whilst my wife had a large plate of fried shrimp. We drank glasses of the acceptable house Soave and finished with good espressos for a total bill of 77 euros.

Not cheap but good quality seafood, well-prepared. A very enjoyable interlude and as we left a black cat (or gatto nero) emerged from a nearby calle and obligingly posed for photographs.

  • Visited September 2013
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Special Anniversary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

We visited this restaurant following the reviews on trip advisor and we were not disappointed. Max located a table outside at lunchtime for us, even though we hadn't booked, and we proceeded to enjoy a fabulous meal to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. We had a wonderful local sea bass dish, even the fisherman who caught it came to watch that it was filleted correctly!! I cannot complement Max and his team enough on their high quality food, excellent service and their attention to detail. This restaurant deserves its reputation and works closely with a local food cooperative to ensure sustainability and quality of all the produce it uses. Keep up the good work, we will return without a doubt.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Jeberoo
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