We have been here in Venice in an apartment on Fondamente Nove, for about 5 days now.
Paradiso Perduto: Very crowded, (and over hyped IMHO). I foolishly ordered the fritto misto on a Monday night but I was really in the mood for it. It was OK, nicely seasoned but only had shrimp and calamari--maybe because it was Monday. Best dish was the vegetable antipasto with a nice variet all simple prepared. Zuppa di Pesce had a nice broth but there were tiny pieces of shells in it. Spaghetti with clams was just OK.
Boccadoro: With the white table linens, beautiful Murano water glasses and attentive service, it was a good option for us. K & D got a large platter of fritto misto which was nicer than Paradiso Perduto, A had tagliatelle with clams and I asked if they had razor clams, which was not on the menu. Our server said no problem. They were cooked very nicely, quickly sauteed with a bit of salad underneath and some small diced tomatoes on top. I also enjoyed a small bowl of soupy yellow polenta with some olive oil on top.
Trattoria Johnny: This was perfect for lunch after the Biennale, near the Arsenale, in Castello. Everyone had a plate of pasta. My favorite was the pappardelle with swordfish and artichokes. Also ate some of the spaghetti with light tomato and canoce (mantis shrimp/squills) sauce. K had the lamb stuffed ravioli. All were really delicious. We shared a dessert of sbrisolona cookies and chocolate hazelnut mousse which was very good but struck me funny--sbrisolona from Mantova area and giadujia from Piemonte on a menu in Venice but we all loved it.
That's it so far but we'll be here 2 more weeks so I will add to this thread.
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