Mrs T and I are just back from a week in Venice and we greatly enjoyed ALL the meals that we had there. No rip-offs; no disappointments.
Landed Monday at 11.00 am and by 1.00 pm we were in Il Ridotto for a small lunch and a glass of wine, and to meet Snr Bonaccorsi. I just asked the waitress where he was and she went next door to get him.
He recommended the scallop dish with carrots, spring vegetables and lemongrass as a good starter for two people to share and then I had the tubettini with the local fish sauce and Mrs T had the orichietti with asparagus and clams. All outstanding!! So booked for dinner on Thursday night.
Dinner Monday night was at A Beccafico, which I had booked by e-mail. We had the famous mussel soup as a starter to share, followed by the stuffed calamari three ways for me and the mixed fried sea food for Mrs T. I was not very impressed with the wine chosen by Snr Beccafico because it was too much; too flowery and too "Australian Chard". I would have preferred something much drier but otherwise an excellent meal and they will bring you a sweet wine and Limoncello, on the house, at the end. (142 euros.)
The welcome and service were both fantastic and if you want to watch a master at work front of house, this is the place to go.
Dinner Tuesday was at Vecio Fritolin, also booked by e-mail. The Moeche had arrived so we both had that for anti pasti, one each. No sharing here. I have been wanting to try Moeche for some time and they were superb. We shared a pasta dish, mussels with potato, and then I had the fritto misto and Mrs C had the grey mullet with peas and baccon. Too full for dolce, although Mrs T sucumbed last time we were there. A fabulous meal accompanied by an excellent Pinto Grigio. (150 euros.)
Went back at lunch time the next day and had the scartosso of mixed fried fish, which was also something I have been wanting to try for some time. E10 to take away
No formal lunch or dinner on Wednesday - we snacked all day, tried some cicchetti and had the full afternoon tea at cafe Florian. What an experience!!
Went back to Beccafico for lunch on Thursday because we wanted to try the seafood risotto, which is for two people. Perfect for a piccolo pranzo.
Finally the highlight of the week - dinner at Il Ridotto.
We both had the set menu; mixed for me and the fish for Mrs T. We had ordered a bottle of Prosecco which turned out to be corked. I asked Snr Bonaccorsi to check and he took one sniff, said "cork" in Italian and it was all whisked away and replaced. No fuss, no bother.
Octopus with fava beans for antipasti on both menus, followed by tortelli with borrage and sweet herbs for both.
Then I had the braised beef cheeks in pinot nero because I wanted to try a glass of Italian Pinot Nero which I have only had once before in many trips to Italy. It was excellent. On the fish menu Mrs T had the John Dory in its sauce/soup. We both finished with their take on Tiramissu. Absolutely outstanding and good value at 180.00 euros including service.
By the way...the cafe in Campo S. Stefano is the place to go for coffee, tea, beer, orange juice, snacks, whatever.
Can't wait 'till next time!!!