Osteria Da Simson: a fresh touch of Venice

27 10 2012

While I was going through one of the special itineraries that our guests at Ca’ Amadi will be provided with from November on, I happened to find a little nice restaurant in a really quiet place: Ostaria da Simson.

The Ostaria is located along the street called “Fondamenta Felzi”, near the famous gothic basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Just at the end of the Fondamenta, hidden behind a gate, you can find one of the most beautiful courtyard of Venice: Corte Botera. This area offers a real bite of Venetian life and so does the Ostaria.

The restaurant is really small – only 6 tables inside and 2 outside along the canal – but this works for a highly attentive service and a good quality food.

Ostaria Da Simson – Inside

The variety in the menu is not wide, but the used ingredients are extremely fresh, folowing the seasonality, and all is prepared expressly upon order. The menu offer changes very often and the food is tasty and genuine.

The dish I enjoyed at the Osteria Da Simson

Following the tradition of the typical Venetian osteria (the term “osteria” derives from “oste”, which is the person who serves wine), here you can find also a good selection of wines. The service is really friendly!

Ostaria Da Simson
Castello 6316, Fondamenta dei Felzi
Venezia
Tel  0039 041 5226276

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Algiubagiò: a romantic dinner by the sea

13 08 2012

When you ask suggestions for a good restaurant in Venice, locals usually tell you to avoid the ones with tables along the canals, which are the “most touristic” and less authentic in town.

To find the best Venetian restaurant you have to get lost at least twice or three times across the “calli” (streets of Venice) before reaching them. Yes, finding a good restaurant in Venice is like looking for a precious treasure!

Like all rules, also this has some exceptions and Algiubagiò is one of these.

Algiubagiò restaurants’ entrance

Its position is amazing: along the “Fondamenta Nove”, the street that faces the northern part of Venice lagoon, in front of San Michele island. The restaurant has a big terrace on the sea, where you can enjoy romantic sunsets on the lagoon and a light breeze, even in the hottest days of the year.

Algiubagiò’s terrace at night

The menu doesn’t differ much from the typical Venetian offer and the food isn’t unforgettable, but on the whole I had a good dinner there, probably thanks to the magic atmosphere you can breathe.

The place gives you a strong sensation of peace and quietness and here you feel faraway from the bustle of the city:  what do you think, is it because we’re in front of the cemetery island of Venice? 🙂

Algiubagiò
Cannaregio 5039, Fondamenta Nuove
30125 Venice
Tel +39 041 52 36 084

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Pane Vino e San Daniele: a different restaurant chain

23 07 2012

In Venice it’s not easy to find a restaurant whose speciality isn’t fish.

“Pane Vino e San Daniele” is one of these restaurants. Actually the restaurants with this name in Venice are three: one is placed near the Rialto Bridge (Calle dei Botteri 1544) and the other two are in the Dorsoduro district (Calle Lunga San Barnaba 2861 and Campo dell’Angelo Raffaele 1722), not far away from each other. They belong to a chain that counts nearly 30 restaurants all around Italy.

The name of the chain (which means “Bread, Wine and San Daniele“) suggests that the speciality here is the San Daniele raw ham, which is made in the homonymous city sited in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

The menu in fact proposes a good variety of dishes with this famous type of ham. The food offer also includes pasta and meat dishes, some typical dishes from Friuli Venezia Giulia, salads and delicious desserts. At Pane Vino e San Daniele Rialto (www.panevinorialto.it) you can have also pizza, while at the one in Campo dell’Angelo Raffaele (www.panevinoesandaniele.net) you can taste some dishes of the Sardinian cuisine too.

The three restaurants, being part of the same chain, are obviously similar in the style, simple and warm, but my favourite, for the location, is the one placed in Campo dell’Angelo Raffaele.

The view inside-out at Pane Vino San Daniele in Campo dell’Angelo Raffaele

It is sited in a square tucked away from the mass, just behind the San Sebastiano church. The square is quiet and picturesque and here you can enjoy a bite of realVenetian life, among locals and very few tourists, tasting a good wine and a dish from the inland regions.

Pane Vino e San Daniele 1
Dorsoduro 2861 – Calle Lunga San Barnaba
30123 Venezia
Tel. 041 2439865

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Pane Vino e San Daniele 2
Dorsoduro 1722 – Campo dell’Angelo Raffaele
30123 Venezia
Tel. 041 5237456

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Still looking for new in Venice? Try the Orto dei Mori restaurant

7 01 2012

As I’ve already said on my post about Luna Sentada restaurant , in Venice it is not easy to find a restaurant that differs from the others, nor for the location nor for the menu.

Yesterday night I found another place which I can definitely say is really unique, in the style and in the food too!

I’m talking about L’Orto dei Mori, a small restaurant which is sited in the house where the famous painter Tintoretto was born and lived.

The area is really quiet, tucked away from the tourist traffic, and the restaurant, through its big windows, offers a wide view on a canal, on one side, and on a typical Venetian small square (Campo dei Mori), on the other side.

Il ristorante L'Orto dei Mori - esterno

The outside sign defines the place as “Osteria”, but L’Orto dei Mori is faraway from being a simple osteria. The wine cellar is certainly well equipped and it offers a big variety of good wine, but the location, the food and the dish presentation are refined like in a “high-cuisine” restaurant.
Inside, the restaurant is furnished in a stylish and original way. The curious lamps hanging from the ceiling are the ones designed and made in a small artisan shop of Venice, called “A Mano” (Rio Terà Amalteo, San Polo 2616).

Il ristorante L'Orto dei Mori - interno

The cuisine is positively influenced by the Sicilian provenance of the chef but it also proposes some traditional Venetian specialities. Another positive note is that the menu includes both fish and meat dishes, while in Venice most of menus include only fish. The food is absolutely tasty and it served by a smiling and polite staff.
A perfect combination of taste, style and service!
Cannaregio 3386
30121 Venezia
Tel. 041/5243677
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At last, the pizza I like in Venice!

10 10 2011

Looking for a good pizza, I tried different places in Venice, but so far I wasn’t able to find the perfect place (see my post “Looking for a good pizza in Venice?“).

A few days ago, by chance, I tried he pizza at Pier Dickens Inn in Campo Santa Margherita. And the trial turned out to be a nice surprise!

Campo Santa Margherita is full of  restaurants, but they all looked too much “touristic” to me. Some of them even have waiters outside trying to get you in … a thing I do really hate and one of the reasons why I usually exclude the place from my whitelist!

But, on that day, I was going back home from work at dinner time and, like many other times, I wouldn’t have got a decent dinner out of my fridge! So I opted for a take away pizza.

Instead of buying it at the take-away place in the Campo (Pizzeria Al Volo), I decided to try one of the various pizzerias you can find there. I chose the first one you meet coming from san tomà/Campo San Pantalon: the Pier Dickens Inn.

Pier Dickens is a pizzeria but also a restaurant and brewery. It has numerous tables in the outside where you can enjoy the intense nightlife of the Campo (hundreds of young boys and girls gathering for a chat and a spritz).

Pier Dickens Inn at night

I do not know if I will ever try the cuisine of this restaurant, but I do know that here I had the best pizza I ever had in Venice so far.

Thin, light, crunchy and tasty: the perfect mix for a pizza! It was so good that I went there again only 2 days after!

Good job!

Pier Dickens Inn
Campo Santa Margherita – Dorsoduro 3410, Venezia
Tel. +39 041 2411979

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Vini da Gigio: full marks!

8 08 2011

When I moved to Venice, I asked all my friends living here to recommend some good restaurants. Silvia, a schoolmate of mine who has lived here for long time, suggested me a restaurant called “Vini da Gigio”.

In the last months I tried several times to reserve a table at this restaurant but every time I was told they were fully-booked. Going there became a sort of challenge! I also sent there some of my clients who were very satisfied with it so my curiosity kept growing up!

At the end, some weeks ago I was able to book a table for 2 and I had dinner there with Alberto, a friend and former-colleague of mine. We really had a beautiful evening. The food and wine were excellent, the place really nice and the price fair! That’s my place folks!

The entrance of Vini Da Gigio restaurant

Since my evaluation could have been influenced by the fact that the dinner was delighted by the exquisite company of Alberto and 3 glasses of white wine (definitely too many for me!), before electing it as my favourite restaurant in Venice, I wanted to test it a second time.

So, a few days ago, I brought there my parents and my boyfriend. My mom is a really good cook so her rating is highly qualified. Her response confirmed mine: A+!

Vini Da Gigio is strong on Venetian tapas such as crocchette di baccalà (breaded stockfish) and canestrelli alla griglia (grilled razor clams); there are also a number of good meat and game options and delicious desserts (try the tiramisù or the strawberrieas with peppermint and mascarpone cream).

As the name suggests (meaning Wines at Gigio’s), wine is another forte – there are even bottles from Australia and South Africa, and there is always a good by-the-glass selection.

Now I can definitely say it: Vini da Gigio is my favourite restaurant in Venice! So far (the research continues …).

Vini da Gigio
Cannaregio 3628a – Venezia
Tel 041/5285140

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Osteria San Marco: not a big risk although in Saint Mark’s area

2 08 2011

When a tourist asks recommendations on where to eat in Venice, he’s often told to avoid the Saint Mark’s area and the restaurants with view on the Grand Canal. In fact, places in these areas are usually too expensive compared to the quality of food and service.

I myself tried two of the most renowed restaurants near Saint Mark’s square (Do Forni and Antico Pignolo, see my post on April 15th) and I was unsatisfied with them. Indeed it is hard to find a restaurant with a good quality-price ratio in this zone.

Fortunately there are some exceptions to the rule. The osteria and wine-bar San Marco is one of these exceptions.

Opened in 2002, thanks to the parthership of 4 friends, Osteria San Marco was an old inn transformed into a restaurant and wine bar. The renovation was aimed at creating a place with both an easy and elegant mood and it was successful! The atmosphere here is in fact sophisticated but not too much formal.

Osteria San Marco

And the food is really good! At the Osteria Enoteca San Marco the menu is defined in order to please every taste: meat and fish, game and sea food and vegetables plates are influenced by the tradition and the new frontiers of cuisine. In constant research and use of high quality raw materials, menus are updated according to the season and the market offer. Together with excellent food, clients can enjoy a glass of wine selected from a menu that includes more than 300 varieties.

 

The price is not the cheaper in town, but it not excessive considering that you’re two steps away from the most famous square in the world!

Osteria San Marco
San Marco, 1610
30124 Venezia
Tel. 041 528 5242

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