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“Perfect Little Trattoria”

Trattoria Misericordia
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Ranked #157 of 1,462 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $39
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Cannaregio
Reviewed November 12, 2012

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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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed just around the corner from the Fondamenta Miserericordia and on our first night in Venice we ventured out in search of a restaurant. The first two we came to were the Trattoria Misericordia and its neighbour the Ristorante Diana. Both had staff outside to entice you in. We didn't find this a problem. We liked the man at the Misericordia better - a bit quieter and less forceful! So in we went. We ate from the daily (tourist) menu, and it was good food and good value. The complimentary glass of prosecco, little fish/polenta appetiser, and the grappa to finish, were nice touches. In addition, there is no added cover or service charge. We liked the staff and the atmosphere. The following 3 nights we tried other restaurants (including the Diana next door, another very acceptable meal) but nowhere did we like the staff quite so much, so back we went to the Trattoria Misericordia for our final night. By now more confident with our choices and quantities, we shared a meat antipasto, enjoyed our main courses (one steak, one liver, excellent grilled vegetables) and returned to our favourite desserts (tiramisu and panacotta). On this final night, we were entertained and amused by a party of 4 ladies from the U.S.A. They were celebrating two birthdays, and I suspect they had enjoyed quite a lot of wine. The owner and waiter were so kind to them and clearly gave them a great evening, it was lovely to see.
If we have one very small criticism, it would be that the house red wine was just a bit too cold for our taste. Also we should say that although we didn't eat outside (quite chilly November evenings) the canalside tables by the quiet canal would be great in the warmer months.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We ate at the Misericordia four times during our stay in Venice and is was good each time.
Don't be put off by the staff trying to persuade you to eat there because most of the restaurants along there do this.
You are greeted with a glass of prosecco and a bruchetta on the house. Nice touch.
The food is very good ,we enjoyed everything we chose.Generous portions but not too much to overface. Very tasty too.
Would seek it out when in Venice again.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

On entry we were shown to our table and then given a lovely glass of fizzy and a canape (on the house) whilst studying the menu .... something for everyone.

Meal was delicious especially the scallops.

Service great and would certainly recommend and visit again next time in Venice.

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Thank EyeSpyaFly
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Superb atmosphere eating outdoors by the quiet canal - and charming indoors too. The food was excellent - we loved the enormous grilled vegetable hors d'oeuvre, the scallopini and the squid in ink sauce. The service was perfect, very attentive and unpretentious and the food came at the right pace irrespective of the number of patrons. We spent 3 nights in venice and ate here all 3 evenings as it was so enjoyable.

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