We were heading for a restauranta few yards away that was displaying a TA sticker and suddenly saw Da Franz on the right in a small area set back from the street. We looked at the menu and saw they were serving risotto alle seppie which I wanted to try so we went in.
Maurizio did not give us a menu, but patiently read all the specials to us (there were plenty!). They served a glass of prosecco each and amuse bouche at the start and the food was exquisite; the risotto was spectacular! Mainly fish, we heard a fellow diner explain that the Danieli had recommended the restaurant. The bill was about €180 for 2 including a bottle each of water and very good wine for 2 courses coffee and an excellent grappa.
I have since discovered that Maurizio has also served Brad and Angelina, Helen Hunt, Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Roberto Cavalli, Laura Dern, Jean Alesi, Greta Scacchi, Miuccia Prada, Mario Draghi, Mario Monti and even Queen Sofia of Norway! So I guess we were in good company and this was a remarkable restaurant to happen across accidentally.
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