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“Amazing seafood”

Osteria alle Testiere
Ranked #36 of 1,416 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Castello
Flagstaff, Arizona
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Amazing seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

This is a tiny place tucked away and we found it in a Food and Wine Magazine article. Very nice service and the seafood is perfect and fresh and simply prepared. The wines by the glass are excellent and very reasonably priced, they complement the seafood perfectly.


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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“very very goo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

all fish. delicately done. we all had a great meal with a great wine recommendation. very much worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2014
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Geneva, Switzerland
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188 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Italian cuisine of the highest art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

We read about Alle Testiere in a New York Times article on how to "do" Venice in 3 days and booked on the Internet 2 weeks before our visit.
Got a reply within 24 hours, gave my credit card details and got a confirmed table for 4 on Valentine's Day. Just as well. The restaurant is tiny (24 capacity) and was full to bursting. The welcome was super, the food glorious and the ambiance special. Owned by very knowledgeable and personable locals who took the time to interact with their customers, this is a real "boutique" place.They have their own house wine (a non-sparkling Prosecco (!) - perfect as an aperitif. The owner had excellent personal knowledge of all their wine offerings but since the NYT had
suggested the white Orto from Sant' Erasmo we decided to try it - great choice!! All the food was fresh (local catch) and beautifully cooked and
presented. An Asian honeymoon couple on the table adjacent to ours took pictures of their plates - works of culinary art! It was not inexpensive however, €280 for 4 with two courses each and with only two desserts and coffee - oh - and the wine..... But what a lovely way to spend Valentines Day lunch...... But don't forget to reserve!

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A good restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

Inventive, well presented, fresh, expertly cooked.
A little rushed if you opt for the first 7.00pm seating.
Prices a little high but we would go back.

Visited March 2014
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Vernon, New Jersey
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“You need to be a seafood lover”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

I felt like a big deal for getting one of the reservations for this place (24 seats total, 2 seatings per night) and had really high expectations. In summary, the quality is very high, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to eat here unless I was the world'd biggest lover of seafood.

Very gracious hosts, very nice wine list. Shared the steamed seafood antipasti- mantis shrimps were fun, seafood salad was excellent, and the baccala was really good with bread.

Wife ordered spaghetti with clams- it looked exactly how you would expect, but it honestly was very average. Nothing wrong with it, but not blow your socks off.

I ordered the grilled calamari and they were very tasty- again, very good quality, but not amazing.

I wouldn't visit again, but would recommend highly to seafood fanatics.

  • Visited February 2014
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