Hi all. My spouse and I are coming to Venice for 4 days next week for his 50th birthday and we are looking for your opinion on our restaurant choices, (especially from PBSF who seems to have a weathy of knowledge, thank you). We have been researching restaurants for the past month using Chowhound, guidebooks and Tripadvisor. We have selected four restaurants and have made reservations but would be open to making changes based on your advice.
First a bit about what we are looking for. We are a gay urban couple (with 2 young children that we are leaving with family) and consider ourselves to be foodies. We like fresh food with complex flavours and interesting combinations. We like international fusion but also want to experience Venetian tradition. We like personal service where choices can be made to suit our palates and where the server knows the menu and wine list well. My spouse has an interest in wine and is looking forward to enjoying Italian wines with a particular interest in Piedmontese wine. We aren’t particularly fond of seafood, and do like our meat, but expect that if the seafood/fish is fresh and it is prepared in an interesting way, it would win us over.
We are coming Wednesday to Sunday and the actual birthday is Saturday night, our last night. So we are hoping the last night would be a bit more special: quieter? Romantic? white table cloths? Perhaps a view? Priority is still good food.
So here are our choices. I have selecting them hoping that they provide a bit of variety.
- Wednesday (day of arrival) – Vini da Gigio 7:30
- Thursday (after a tour with photographer Marco Secchi) – l’Anice Stellato 8:00
- Friday – Alle Testiere (thought this would be the best option for seafood) 7:00
- Saturday (final birthday night) – Al Covo 7:30
Of note, we are also thinking of Alla Vedova, All’ Arco and Osteria La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi for lunch/cichetti, as we have heard excellent things about them. We also considered Il Ridotto, Bancogiro, La Bitta, La Porte d’Acqua and Sangal, but chose the others instead. We are also thinking of Fortuny and Bar Danieli for pre dinner drinks on the Saturday night. We thought we would indulge in the pampering and view but not spend a fortune on food that wasn’t stellar.
What do you think of our 4 choices? Would you swap any of our choices for our runners-up, or anything else? What about the times we have chosen. When do people usually eat dinner in Venice and what attire would you suggest we bring? Thank you so much.