Yes, we must be, since there's only one Al Poggio next to the Guglie bridge in Venice. Although it doesn't look like much, and the guy at the front luring people in is a bit annoying (although who gets "charmed into" a restaurant I can't really imagine), this restaurant was excellent. I mean let's face it, Venice is the ultimate tourist-trap rip-off, and much fancier places are the first to play that game. For example across the street, where the Alla Palazzina restaurant for all its high-class look is nothing more than a standard eatery with frozen food and outrageous prices.
No, Al Poggio may not look like much with its multilingual plastic menu, but if you sit down and have a meal here, you'll find out two things: 1) the seafood here is much fresher than you'll find elsewhere; 2) the pasta and sauces are home-made and freshly-made; and that really makes a massive difference in the quality of the food. In Venice, where good food is scarce, that makes this modest and unassuming place a gem.
Regarding the issue of the "scam" - the first thing to know is that in Venice you will get ripped off no matter what you do or what you buy. Yes, the waiter here will try and sell you an extra soup, an extra salad, a more expensive wine... so what? You're the customer - no-one's forcing you. And it is entirely at the owner's discretion to offer complimentary drinks or snacks - or not. We didn't ask for one, we weren't offered one at first, but we received it anyway. Why? Is it because we managed to say a few words in Italian, or because we played along with his little game? People in southern Europe are not as straight-laced and rigid as further north. Therefore I gave an extra point to this restaurant which offers much better food than the competition, at a similar price, because it's been so unfairly treated in previous reviews. If really there was a "scam", well I'd much rather that it be incredibly obvious and refuse it in a good-humored way, than to be truly scammed by a waiter in a penguin suit who can do it because he works for a fancy-looking establishment which serves ready-made food and charges double.
So, by all means ignore the negative comments. We never had a better spaghetti carbonara in Venice than here, we had the best scampi & calamari fritti, and yes we got a couple of free drinks... Just be cool about it.