Conveniently situated near the popular Campo Santa Margherita this restaurant seems to have attracted some rather uncomplimentary reviews of late. I can only say that when we visited the place my wife and I were so impressed we returned for more and it became one of our favourite eating places during our four day visit to Venice.
The main restaurant gives the impression at night as being under cover while actually you are eating in the open air as the room has a large sliding roof. Some reviewers have mentioned there is a nice view but sadly this is not the case, and I feel they are confusing this place with another restaurant that does have a canal view and a very similar name.
This restaurant has a very lively atmosphere and is nicely decorated with lots of photos and paintings. The menu is extensive with many interesting Venetian dishes as well as a variety of pizzas. We chose a delicious starter of carpaccio of pineapple with prawns – a dish I had never seen before. For mains I had sea bass and my wife chose sea bream and both were of excellent quality. On another occasion we chose a steak which again was well cooked and delicious. The menu contains some quite unusual dishes that are not to be found in other restaurants of this type as well as a variety of excellent pasta dishes.
My only minor criticism concerns the service. The staff appear to be rushed and under pressure, which at times due to the numbers of people they are serving, they obviously are. They are a little unfriendly although I have to admit they were efficient and didn’t keep people waiting.
The prices were very reasonable for Venice with a good house wine at €13. A three course meal cost us around €40 a head which we felt was excellent value.
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