When I first went to Venice in 2014, and for several years afterward, I rarely dined well in Venice. But thanks to you Chowhounders and the manager of my hotel, I've found a few good places to eat. I offer that list below both FYI and for Chowhounders' remarks. At the end I have several inquiries.
WHERE I HAVE EATEN WELL SINCE 2011
Locanda Cipriani, piazza Santa Fosca, 29, on the island of Torcello, Tel 041 73 01 50, http://www.locandacipriani.com/eng/in..., Open year-round except January
Closed on Tuesdays and January
Though expensive I ate well with good service ast here on Easter Monday 2013. While most Venetian restaurants are crowded, this one, because of its location has plenty of room and al fresco in a garden.
Fiachetteria Toscana, Salizada S.Giovanni Grisostomo, Cannaregio 5719
Tel 041 52 85, 281. . Closed Tuesdays http://www.fiaschetteriatoscana.it/en...
Expensive. I’ve eaten here three times since 2011, and I’ve always eaten well. Twice I had a delicious plate of liver Venetian style. Ask for the waiter Roberto.
Anice Stellato, Fondamenta della Sensa 3272 in Cannaregio, Tel 041 72 07 44, closed Mondays and Tuesdays and sometime in August. Expensive. http://www.osterianicestellato.com/ If possible, ask to sit outside. A creative cuisine, done well, very friendly staff.
Al Covo, Calle Della Pescaria, TEL 041 5223812, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays http://www.ristorantealcovo.com/Defau... firstname.lastname@example.org Expensive
My favorite restaurant in Venice. The owner/chef comes out and tells you what is on the menu. Don’t ask him for his recommendation: “It’s like asking me which of my children I prefer. They are all my creations.” His wife, Diane, is from Texas and is the desert chef.
Antiche Carampane, 041 524 0165 (if possible, ask to sit outside) Sestiere San Polo, 1911, 30125, closed Sundays and Mondays http://www.antichecarampane.com/ Expensive
I last ate here Easter Friday, and I had the best fish that I have ever eaten.
Busa-alla Torre, Campo Stefano 3, on the island of Murano, Tel 041 73 96 62, open only at dinner (“lunch” to you Yankees). One very fine Chowhounder had a negative experience here, and I’ll not question that experience. Still, I’ve eaten here every time that I am in Venice, and I’ve eaten well at a moderate price. In 2011, the owner, Lele, who resembles an aging lion, came up to me and told me that he had a fresh piece of squid; he would eat half; Would I like the other half? Indeed, and it was a big piece, grilled.
Ai 40 Ladroni, Fondamenta della Sensa 3253, 30121 TEL 041 715736.
Reasonable priced, packed full last Easter Week, good food. When Anice Stellate was booked, this place was recommended by my hotel manager, Matteo, a born Venetian who knows the city very well.
Trattoria Casa Mia, SS Apostole, Calle Dell’Oca 4430
Reasonable priced, packed full last Easter Week, good food. Be careful with the Calle Della’Oca. It’s really two streets. Start from the end at SS Apostole. Go the other end and turn left into the Calle de Verdi, and turn right into the continuation of Calle Dell’Ocra. Recommended by my hotel manager (above).
Ai Promessi Sposi, Calle dell’Oca 4367 Tel 041 21 2747, closed for dinner (“lunch” to you Yankees) on Mondays and Wednesdays. Good food at a reasonable price. See above what I have written about Calle dell’Ocra. Recommended by my hotel manager (above).
Algiubagio, Fondamente Nove, Cannaregio, 5039, Tel 041 52 36 084, closed Tuesdays, http://www.algiubagio.net/. Right next to my hotel on the Fondamente Nove, I was expecting a tourist trap. I was wrong. At the bar, excellent choices in a glass of wine and cicchetti. I ate ate a full meal there last Easter Week. Good food at a reasonable price. Recommended by my hotel manager (above).
Gatte Nero, Address: Fondamenta della Giudecca, 88, on the island of Burano Tel 041 730120, closed Mondays and November http://www.gattoneroburano.com/
Fine place to eat on Burano, and reasonably priced. Recommended for Torcello visitors as well. Recommended by my hotel manager (above).
Gelateria Nico, Fondamenta Zattere 922, 30123, for ice cream, Tel 041 5225293 http://www.gelaterianico.com/ Good ice cream at a beautiful location. You can sit outside on the water, although this costs more.
La Cantina, Cannaregio 3689, Campo San Felice Tel: 041 522 8258.
While not cheap, I ate well here in 2012, Recommended by my hotel’s manager (see above).
Vini da Gigio, Tel 04 15 28 51 40 Fondamente San Felice, Cannareggio, closed Mondays and Tuesdays http://www.vinidagigio.com/
Recommended by my hotel manager (above). While not cheap, I had a fabulous meal here and a long wine list to choose from.
PLACES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY CHOWHOUNDERS YET WHERE I'VE YET TO EAT. Tell about each place.
Osteria da Fiori Tel 041 721 308, Calle del Scaleter, closed Sundays http://www.dafiore.net/. Has a Michelin Star, and several years ago our own M. Fant recommended it.
Osteria alle Testiere, Tel 041 52 27 220, Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, closed Sundays http://www.osterialletestiere.it/
Said by Chowhounders the best place for fish.
Cantinone già Schiavi, TEL: 041 5230034 Fondamenta Nani, 992, 30123 Dorsoduro. Said to offer excellent cicchetti.
La Zucca, del Meglio/Calle delle Tintor 1762, Santa Croce, Tel: 041-524-1570, Closed Sundays http://www.lazucca.it/
PLACE WHERE I ATE WELL SOME YEARS AGO. ARE THEY STILL RECOMMENDABLE?
Trattoria da Remigio, Salizada dei Greci 3416, Tel 041 523 0089, Closed Sundays
Corte Sconta, Calle del Pestrin 3886-Castello- 041-522-7024, Calle del Pestrin, 3886, 30122 Castello, closed Sundays
The Met at the Hotel Metropole, Tel 041 5240034 http://www.hotelmetropole.com/MET-Res...