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August closures in Venice?

lizka_2 | Jul 20, 2011 05:01 AM

First, thanks to all the regular contributers who make Venice postings so helpful and lively. After internet and book research I've narrowed down my eating options, but I'm a bit worried about the timing and August restaurant closures. (We'll be there 4-10 August.) It doesn't say anything on the restaurant's own web site, but I've read in other places that Al Fontego dei Pescatori is closed in August. Anyone know if that's true? Or if others, like Alle Testiere or La Zucca might close? Looks like Al Covo closes later in the month, and Venissa seems to say it's open all month. (On another post PBSF mentioned Antiche Carampane closing for August.) I imagine I need to make reservations soon.

Also, once upon a time I had the most amazing meal in the Italian countryside. Really rustic restaurant, no menu, just dish after dish of antipasto and primi, then a choice of meat (which we had to pass on) and dessert and cheeses. I know this is a big, touristy city, but if I want to approximate the truly local, menuless experience would Il Ridotto be the best choice, or another?

And what's preffered on Guidecca? Altanella, Al Pontil dea Guidecca, I Figlie delle Stelle? Food is more important to me than a fancy setting. Price isn't much of a concern.

Any advice is much appreciated.

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