This place has been listed in every conceivable guidebook, TV show and NET listing since forever. It is worth it, due to its locale on one of Venice's prettiest canals, product (they also sell vino out back) and also a very reasonable price-point. No 'cia parli tuti' going on here. But perhaps Gia Schiavi is symbolic of the terrible dilemna facing locals as depicted in the new, must-see doc 'The Venice Syndrome.' Venezia has become a full-on victim of its own popularity, with more stanieri than locals on some high season days. When we visited this last time, mama gave us a less-than-warm reception. Put in the context of truly overwhelming crowds dimishing this once-great city, that lukewarm greeting was understandable. One can no longer enjoy ones cicchetti sitting over on the nearby ponte. Passing by around midnight, we noticed a sizable number of mostly younger locals, 'taking back their city' by the simple act of eating and drinking as they sat on the bridge. I gave them a thumbs-up, understanding their predicament as they try to get by in their out-of-control city. The grown son who seems to run things at Gia Schiava was more friendly to us and one wishes him all the best as he tries to maintain his business under the current challenges. I am done. the end.
NO GRAND NAVI IN VENEZIA
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