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“The best restaurant in Venice” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Ridotto

Il Ridotto
Ranked #66 of 1,409 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Castello
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The best restaurant in Venice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

This restaurant is very special. Chef Gianni offers the most creative and innovative cuisine you can find in Venice these days. His dishes have their foundations in the traditional Venetian cuisine, but the flavor combinations are different and exquisite, the colors are beautiful, the preparation simple yet stunning. You can see the extreme care gone in choosing the best ingredients, and assembling them together so that perfection is achieved. This is food artistry at its best. I would be remiss not mentioning the courteous service and the high level of personal attention that every customer receives - including my picky teenager vegetarian daughter, who will not eat out elsewhere in Venice.
The Ridotto is on the expensive side, but it is worth every euro.
Do not miss an opportunity to visit this very unique restaurant, and enjoy!

  • Visited December 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
“Exceptional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

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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“Perfect.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Great and tasty food, really good service with waiters trying their best to use their English or speaking Italian slowly so I could try to understand :-)
Special Christmas menu was great.
Wines from the region where excellent.
Couldn't fault anything.
Liked there water glasses so much we went out and bought some the next day!

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Thank 83kid
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“Do not miss this one”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

We stumbled across this one on our way to San Marco from our hotel, and what a find. It's a little more expensive than the average but worth every cent. We couldn't fault anything - the service, the food, the wine and the decor. That doesn't happen much anywhere in the world so when it does, it's a rather special voyage of discovery all on its own. If you want a plate full of wholesome, farm-style food, this is not for you. But if you love to entertain your palate, do not miss this one. It is fine food, but not over-finessed. Delicious.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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“Light, beautiful and delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

'Light, beautiful and delicious', that's a loose translation of the three Italian words written under the 'surprise' four-course menu. At €60, it might seem expensive but to be honest, with food of this quality, it's a real treat. We went to Il Ridotto last year and repeated the experience this year. We weren't disappointed. A lovely, mainly fish-based menu, great flavours, beautiful presentation and a calm and collected chef who takes the time to come into the dining room and talk to the guests.

What's really nice is to see young people come and dine here: we had a very young couple, very much in love, at the table next to us and I was expecting him to whip out a diamond ring out of his pocket at any minute. He didn't... maybe when we'd left?

The only criticism was that service was a bit swift, we would have preferred a slightly longer pause between courses. But all in all, a great place in Venice and with its contemporary decor, good lighting, beautiful crockery, great wine list and, of course, light, beautiful and delicious food, a definite must for any foodie.

  • Visited December 2012
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