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“Definetly a must”
Review of Al Covo

Al Covo
Ranked #50 of 1,460 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Castello
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Visited Al Covo again after four years
Fantastic couple, great hosts
Food outstanding
Will visit again

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

My wife and I are foodies, and live in a city, Philadelphia, which boasts many nationally-admired restaurants, chefs, and restaurateurs: George Perrier, Jose Garces, Steven Starr, Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Mark Vetri, et al. We found the food in Venice to be always fresh, prepared using excellent incredients, and quite good - but not particularly great. Considering the weakened dollar, eating in (just) good Venice restaurants can be expensive, in fact, we prepared many great dishes in our rented apartment just off via Garibaldi in the Giardini district. Given the local (and dockside) fish and produce markets, we knew we could easily replicate the meals we'd be having in many of the local restaurants.
So, Al Covo? Now this was quite a different dining experience. Was it expensive? Yes. We spent $176 on lunch for two with wine - but we decided against ordering from the prix fixe menu which was 44-59 euros per person. We ordered five dishes between us - two starters and two main courses each - plus a wonderful bufula mozzarella cheese cake with strawberries for dessert to share. The cheese cake - in fact all the desserts - are designed and prepared by the chef's Texas-born wife. The food here is sublime, the kitchen coaxing unique flavors from simple, and sometimes surprising incredients. The Monkfish I had (usually boring, no?) was de-skinned and be-headed, but not de-boned - leaving the perfectly cooked flesh clinging to the main bone. My wife had fresh anchovies - not salted - prepared in the the slightly sour(ed) Venice-style.
After several days at the 2013 Venice Biannale, Al Covo was our most art-full restaurant choice of the trip. If you really know food, it a must-stop.....

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

I was really looking forward to this meal at Al Covo and had thought it would be our best in Venice. Unfortunately, it turned out to be our worst. The food was quite average (my husband and I both ordered veal milanese which was very dry and salty). Also, we were seated outside, which started out ok, but then a group of three smokers were put at the table next to us, and the tables were about 2 cm apart, so constant smoke was blowing in our faces. The staff knew were were unhappy (and I am always quite polite), but they did nothing and barely acknowledged us. There are so many better choices in Venice. Truly a dissapointment.

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Thank SaraMB
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Recommended by a friend and off the beaten tourist track, with quite a few locals eating in which is a good sign!

Food was excellent. We were given a complimentary nibble as well as the home made bread on arrival. We also shared a pasta between the main starter and secondi, which when we explained we were sharing, the waiter delivered already separated onto two plates. We also asked for a suggestion/recommendation for wine and gave a price range and he suggested two, one to the top of the range we gave him and one towards the lower end so wasn't out to try and rip us off which is always a good sign.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

So tasty ! Everything was perfect. I had zucchini flowers, fish of the day, ricotta cheese cake and panacotta. For sure, it was our the best meal in Venice, but also one among the best gastronomic experience in general. Owners are very attentive and with a good sense of humor). Recommended wine was also very good. A day before we had a dinner at Met (celebrating my birthday) and it was pity we did not go to Al Covo instead.
Highly recommended.

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