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Venice restaurants - Any recent visits to Al Fontega dei Pescatori?

deensdream | Jun 2, 201210:55 AM

Hello! This is my first post here, though I've been pouring over the treads for some time. We will be visiting Venice in October this year for the first time ever. We will be there 6 nights and really don't want to make any dinner slip-ups (although I know that would be different for everyone.)

One concern I have regards Al Fontega dei Pescatori. I'd very much like to have dinner here one night, as I have read many good reviews, both my husband and I are true seafood lovers, it's very convenient to our hotel, and it looks like it's right in our price range. What concerns me are the three most recent reviews on TA. While the majority of reviews are very good, the last three are very poor or terrible. Normally, if a review trend is consistently good or excellent, with one lone bad review, i generally disregard that one, thinking the individual was either impossible to please or perhaps was expecting a meal identical to one in their hometown. (Long John Silver's, perhaps?) BUT - three bad reviews, back to back? Hmmm.... Just wondering, has anyone been there recently?

Secondly, here are the places we're thinking of - anyone of the opinion that any would be a waste of time?
We are fairly casual diners, and a little lazy at night (we'd like places near to our hotel on most nights.) We don't need fine dining, but seek truly fresh and well prepared food. We'll want to experience "authentic" or "classic" Venetian fare on at least a few nights. We'd like to stay around 100 Euro. I think on this list will be a little more, and some a little less, so should average out. For one really special dinner we don't mind going up to 200 (including a nice wine.) Are these budgets reasonable for what I am looking for?

Vini da Gigio
Alle Botte
Botega ai Promesa Sposi
Fontaga dei Pescatori
a Chiccetti stroll one night
Alle Testiere

I think I'll reserve 2 lunches - 1 at Al Covo, and one at Al Gatto Nero, and most days just pick up Panini or Frituri as we're out walking.

Sorry this question is so long - Thanks in advance for all your help.

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