First off, everything is hard to find in Venice (getting lost is what tourists do), but this place is NOT hard to find. Get off at the Ca'D'Or vaparetto stop, and head up to the main drag (Strada Nuova). Turn left, and walk going over 2 (I think) bridges until you come to the Church St. Fosca. Turn right (go north) onto Calle Zancani. Walk along that, and cross 3 bridges until you come to the street Fondante Misercordia. This trattoria is on your left, on that canal.
They had a well-worn fixed price menu board out front (but they were happy to make a substitution of baked potatoes for the french fries for me), so we considered it and went in. Best choice of meal ever, in a place that is so overrun with "tourist places" with four-language menus (admittedly helpful) but that have less-than-desirable food.
This place is different. They offered us a before-dinner drink (which we didn't take them up on) and he let me jump on his internet. He then brought out some fresh polenta with a red fish sauce on top. Delicious. We started talking to Mario, the owner (who spoke very good English) and found out his place served mostly the locals. Our pasta courses were of really high quality--mine was a spaghetti with vegetables but was not any ordinary dish. It had just the right amount of seasoning to elevate it above most other places I've eaten. Our main course was salmon, and it was tender and fresh. Everything was delicious, including the special chocolate crepe that we were served for dessert.
Sometimes we tourists are just tired of walking around and want to eat some delicious food that hits the spot. This is the place for you. Mario was sad to hear that we were leaving the next day (I was sad too--a trip to Venice is never long enough), but I'll be back to his place the next time I'm in Venice. It's a winner!
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