My lunchtime plans in the city suddenly changed, so I trundled over to Burano to join some friends at Al Gatto Nero, with no idea what to expect. Burano looks a bit like Murano without the glass studios: very cute. This is a proper destination restaurant, set on a canal full of brightly-painted houses (looks a bit like Hillgate Village in London W8 but, er, with canals). The seafood & saffron "special" pasta we kicked off with was just unbelievable; I'm still dreaming of it 6 weeks later. The crab pasta would have been considered a corker anywhere else, but underwhelmed in comparison. We then shared a magnificent wild turbot and some delicious puds (tiramisu, panna cotta etc) and vin santo. This is an awesome place to while away a few hours on a sunny terrace, with stunning wines and fabulous, friendly service. I didn't eat anywhere in the city of Venice that could hold a candle to this place. Do book at busy times, it's a very popular spot. Did not go inside so have no idea what it looks like.
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