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Venice's Maison de Laurent

Joe H | Dec 27, 2006 12:03 AM

There is an extremely intriguing 12 seat restaurant called Maison de Laurent in the Hotel Tripoli which is just a hundred meters or so behind San Marco Square. From the website( "Only 12 place-settings (reservation only) instead for Maison de Laurent, the new, sophisticated restaurant of Gianni and Lorenzo that offers a cuisine featuring the freshest ingredients of the season."

Walking by this on a recent Saturday evening it is a restaurant that demands someone to visit: brick walls with six two seat tables lit by candlelight and a menu that announces the sources for many of the ingredients in a particular dish:

"Risotto with aromatic herbs from S. Erasmo island is a reduced fish broth." (28 Euros)
"Risotto with sausage estense (Ferrari) with a touch of rosemary and cinnamon." (28 Euros)
"Natural cream of cicerchie (a variety of chickpea) and fave beans with a delicious and sweet flavour, wild chicory, anchovies, pine nuts and ... from Lipari Island." (20 Euros)
"Homemade pasta of Campofilone (Marche) with a ragout of meat or fish." (24 Euros)
"Wild Gilt Head (or octopus) with steamed vegetables and a sauce of mustard seeds, extra vergin olive oil from Osvaldo, lenno. Como lake. (38 Euros)
"Grilled rob of lamb from Normandy rolled on Breton salt, served with a cream of potatoes, leeks and sauteed red peppers." (38 Euros)
"Grilled goose breast served with foie gras, stark apple sliced and potatoes pur with acacia honey and balsamic vinegar of Modena sauce." (40 Euros)
"Braised cheek of beef in cinnamon and cloves sauce with masked potatoes." (30 Euros)
"Our interpretation of tiramisu" (18 Euros)

The above is the COMPLETE menu.

We passed this up for Alle Testiere although, to be honest, we were so intrigued by its appearance and the short, eccentric menu that we agreed it will be a primary destination on our next visit to Venice. There is NOTHING about it on the internet, whether Google or from Chowhound or eGullet.

Has anyone been? It looks and feels like a real "find."

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