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The Ideal First-Night Restaurant in Venice


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The Ideal First-Night Restaurant in Venice

Lexma90 | Jul 9, 2009 12:47 PM

In a couple of months, my husband and I will be taking our 10yo daughter on her first visit to Italy; we've been there a number of times.

I'm having the usual foodie indecision about where to go to dinner on our first night. Our flight will arrive into Marco Polo airport at about 5 pm, so it'll be later when we get into Venice. It will be our daughter's first flight to Europe, so we don't know how she'll react to the time change. We're staying near Campo Santa Maria Formosa. Our other two nights in Venice, we'll probably go to Alle Testiere and Anice Stellato (both of which we adults have been to). Our daughter is an adventurous eater, and we have no problem taking her anywhere.

So, where to go? First, I wanted to go to alla Botte, which I've enjoyed, but husband not so much. And it would be close by, which is good. But for ambience and scenery, not as great. Then I came up with Vini da Gigio, which we haven't eaten at, but wanted to the last time we were in Venice. It has a great location on a canal, but if we're too jet-lagged it may be too far of a walk. And the cuisine and price range may too similar to our restaurants. Then, maybe, Bancogiro. I've never been here, either, but it looks great, has a local crowd, closer than Vini da Gigio. Or da Remigio, which is typical, I think the prices would be lower, close by, but no canal view.

Votes for any of those, or other places that are good food, good scenery/ambiance and close-ish to our hotel?

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