I had to wait until December 30th to have the best meal of the year. Il Ritrovo seemed like the place to go in Venice, and i was not disappointed. In a city which pretty much does nothing else but cater for tourists, finding a good restaurant is never hard, but finding a great one is very difficult. Just behind St Marc's square, il Ritrovo is a beautiful, modern, designer little place. Service is delightfully friendly. The menu is short, but full of Venetian speicalties, slightly revisited and modernised. The ingredients are superb, and incredibly fresh, especially the seafood from the laguna: shrim, langoustines, octopus, fish, etc are amazing. The preparations respect these ingredients, often cooking them sous vide at pow temperature, resulting in incredibly tasteful, juicy, lively, vobrant dishes. We went there twice in oen day, once for lunch, qnd once for dinner, simply necause we hadn't had enough yet! The second time was even better. I think every dish here is good. And never quite what you expect... Always better. The wine list is terrific, with many of Italy's best producers, including in older vintages. This is a chef to ŵatch. He will go far, i am sure. Tis is hon,est, dedicated work. No shortcuts here. Ad incredibly reasonnable proces for the moment. The Michelin guide, which is yet to give this restaurant its first, and well deserved, star, once again demonstrates that it has a hard time with retaurants which refuse the plush carpets/gold plated taps decor of yestyear. Take advantage of the opportunity!
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