Restaurants & Bars 1

Venice - some recent thoughts

Marc | Jul 29, 200506:05 AM

1. Harrys Bar as always was pleasure and fun with good socializing at the bar. But you must not have problems with prices: for a Bellini which is 0,1 sparkling wine with a spoon of syrup they charge 14 Euros. You do not necessarily have to eat there. If you eat, you should try to get a table downstairs, that is more fun. Mains from around 40 Euros.
2. On the other side: at café Florian on Piazza San Marco they charge 13.50 for the Bellini. If music is playing they charge an additional 10 Euro per bill.
3. Al Covo: one very friendly, one very unfriendly waiter. Cramped seating in a narrow enclosure. Food mediocre with respect to the price. Fish entrée variations –the type you get everywhere- was 25 Euro. We will not go back. Especially with respect to:
4. A definitive find: MET restaurant. http://www.hotelmetropole.com/eng/buf... It is adjacent to Hotel Metropol, but has a separate entrance too. I am not a fan of Hotel restaurants, but that is a very unique place. Open, park-like seating, almost Arabic feeling. Spacious tables, flawless service, live music. Had ciccchetto, which is a sampler starter, consisting of 6 small completely different dishes for only 19 Euros. Followed by foie gras, another starter –excellent innovative serving – 19 E as well and festival de chioccolata consisted of 6 completely different types of excellent chocolate experiments for only 12 euros. It was really an outstanding Venetian dining experience. Go, go! And if you go, please report back. The restaurant opened only in December 2004, that must be the reason, no one found and described it here yet.
5. Ristorante Giorgione, via Garibaldi 1533. I mean, there is no place without tourists in Venice, but this one is far enough from the touristy highlights to prevent many tourists to go there. So they have many locals, basic food, reasonable prices, no chichi but a phantastic team crowned by a singing owner, therefore lot of fun and nice atmosphere. Closed on Wednesday, no credit cards: the other year they let me sail without paying, just with the promise, to bring cash the next day…
6. On Guidecca, more or less in the middle of Fondamente San Eufemia, is a hole in the wall Mexican. Fejitas around 12 Euros, Tacos from 8. But they have tables outside, right at the quay, with marvellous view of San Marco, Dogana and the entire boat scene. One block down is one of the restaurants of the Cipriani hotel: same view, entrees 50 and up.
7. In case you did not know: your concierge will order a Taxi to Murano for free, one way. The price you have to pay is a visit in a glass factory. Back by circolare.

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