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     Christiaan, Richmond is offline Able Seaman Member
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    Question Calling All Gourmets !!!

    The last time we were in Venice we dined at various restaurants near San Marco but not one was to be recommended.

    All the dishes were similar , salads with lots of chunky red cabbage- like leaves, frito misto obviously frozen bulk packed.....even profiteroles which were covered in chocolate ice cream instead of chocolate sauce.

    Bt the time the service charge , etc had been added it was an unbelievable price for such awful food!

    Next time we have five nights there and would like to dine at restaurants away from the tourist traps.

    Would be delighted to hear your recommendations.

    Christiaan

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    I suggest you go to Trip Advisor and find the Venice Forum. You'll find lots of similar topics and there are many real Venice Experts who know it inside out and will give you all the info you need.
    I remember once reading about a little square with benches (very welcome I assure you) with lovely views of the Grand Canal and off the beaten track but easy to find.


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    They say Venice is sinking, (or stinking) sooner the better I say. Awful place. The worst parts of Nott'm and Derby have the edge on it, at least we use a bit of paint and TLC here and there.


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     Christiaan, Richmond is offline Able Seaman Member
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    They say Venice is sinking, (or stinking) sooner the better I say. Awful place. The worst parts of Nott'm and Derby have the edge on it, at least we use a bit of paint and TLC here and there.
    Venice is my favorite city ! I love the architecture , the music , the wine, the clothes , the Italians and the food when it is fine quality .

    What time of the year did you visit? Perhaps in August ?

    When was I single I lived there for three months April, May and June but of course all the restaurants have changed since then .

    The new shops around San Marco are gorgeous, all the top designer names. Where did you stay?


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    Dear Christiaan,
    We spent 3 wonderful days there last year for our Wedding Anniversary before boarding NCL Gem. We bought a map and walked everywhere on it and in doing so found some smashing little places way off the beaten track. There was a lovely little restaurant which we just stumbled upon by chance (sorry to say, can't recall exactly where now as we would love to find it again ourselves). However it was filled with locals and not a tourist in sight. It was rather dark inside and just to the side of a very small bridge. The food was wonderful. One evening we had a meal at one of the restaurants in the square around Campo Santa Margherita - delicious! We spent a happy hour or two people watching whilst the sun went down. Happy memories indeed and hubby is taking me back there for a weekend break for my Birthday. Yippee! Can't wait!

    Have a fabulous time in that delightful city.
    Best Wishes.


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    Take the vaparetto out to Burano and as you walk into the main area there is a wonderful little restaurant just on the right hand corner before it opens into the main thoroughfare, I think it is called Riva Rosa.Try googling it. It usually has a table set outside with a candle and flowers and is quite distinctive. Best food we had in the area as like you we struggled on the main island to find a decent restaurant. The trip across is very nice as well...Carol


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     Christiaan, Richmond is offline Able Seaman Member
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    Thank you Hat , I did as you advised and what an interesting selection. This will keep me busy for a few days !


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     Christiaan, Richmond is offline Able Seaman Member
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    Dear Christiaan,
    We spent 3 wonderful days there last year for our Wedding Anniversary before boarding NCL Gem. We bought a map and walked everywhere on it and in doing so found some smashing little places way off the beaten track. There was a lovely little restaurant which we just stumbled upon by chance (sorry to say, can't recall exactly where now as we would love to find it again ourselves). However it was filled with locals and not a tourist in sight. It was rather dark inside and just to the side of a very small bridge. The food was wonderful. One evening we had a meal at one of the restaurants in the square around Campo Santa Margherita - delicious! We spent a happy hour or two people watching whilst the sun went down. Happy memories indeed and hubby is taking me back there for a weekend break for my Birthday. Yippee! Can't wait!

    Have a fabulous time in that delightful city.
    Best Wishes.
    Hi Pippa

    Campo Margherita sounds like a great place to start and I love people watching too.

    Happy Birthday to you and have a wonderful second visit to magical Venice !


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     Christiaan, Richmond is offline Able Seaman Member
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    Take the vaparetto out to Burano and as you walk into the main area there is a wonderful little restaurant just on the right hand corner before it opens into the main thoroughfare, I think it is called Riva Rosa.Try googling it. It usually has a table set outside with a candle and flowers and is quite distinctive. Best food we had in the area as like you we struggled on the main island to find a decent restaurant. The trip across is very nice as well...Carol
    Hi Carol

    We planned to visit Burano this time so the restaurant sounds perfect . Thanks so much for your reply ! Christiaan


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    The last time we were in Venice we dined at various restaurants near San Marco but not one was to be recommended.

    All the dishes were similar , salads with lots of chunky red cabbage- like leaves, frito misto obviously frozen bulk packed.....even profiteroles which were covered in chocolate ice cream instead of chocolate sauce.

    Bt the time the service charge , etc had been added it was an unbelievable price for such awful food!

    Next time we have five nights there and would like to dine at restaurants away from the tourist traps.

    Would be delighted to hear your recommendations.

    Christiaan
    The Restaurant we found and would thoroughly recommend is the Ristorante Ribot, S Croce, 158- Fundamenta Minotto- Rio del Gaffaro. Hedi, the head waiter said "Don't send too many, as we like to keep it for hotel guests and locals"

    It is up in the northern area not too far from Piazzale Roma. Hope that helps. ....Neil


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