Just left Pontini after having our first real Italian meal in Venice & I can absolutely endorse the numerous other great TripAdvisor reviews of this little place.
It's really easy to find being just 20 yards from, & in sight of, Ponte delle Guglie in Canareggio.
We turned up early (6:15pm) as many of the reviews mentioned Pontini fills up very soon after this time & that was our experience too. There's seating for 24 diners & we were numbers 3 & 4 when we arrived. By the time we left around 7:45 there were only 2 spare seats.
The restaurant seemed to be mainly full of tourists although the small bar area was very busy with Italians all of which gave the place a nice "feel".
Service was very prompt & was accompanied by a beaming smile from the Italian chap that served us. He didn't seem to have any English but even with my non-existent Italian ordering was slick partly because the menu has an English translation.
The food was superb & served in just the right quantity, just enough but not too much to be over facing. Both of us ordered the sardines to start & I can definitely recommend. A real treat with sweet onions & beans to accompany the fish. I then plumped for the homemade lasagne which was great while my partner went for the Salmon Penne which she says was fantastic - it certainly looked the part. We finished off with the Tiramisu for two & it was truly delightful & although I'm no aficionado it was far & away the best I've had. All of this was sent on it's way with a reasonable bottle of Chianti & water & the bill came to 70 euros (without the tip).
All in all a great meal in a nice, friendly place with a touch of the authentic. If we get chance before we fly home we'll be back for seconds at Pontini.
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