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Oct 15 2012

Venice – 2012

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This year, for the first time, we went to Venice in September. We had been there in May and June previously. The good news was that we could enjoy the architecture biennale and the collateral shows by waiting until the fall. The exhibit that I enjoyed the most was at the Cini Foundation on Isola San Giorgio of the Scarpa designs for the Venini glass works. (BTW, as I write in December, 2013, this terrific show is now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC!!) Not only were the beauty and breadth of the glass amazing, the descriptions of the processes were pitched perfectly to nonprofessionals who wanted some technical explanations. The Correr also had a wonderful show of Guardi paintings; I now understand the connection between his works and Canaletto.

The bad news was that moeche (soft shell crabs) and local, Sant’ Erasmo, artichokes were no longer in season.

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Sep 07 2011

Venice Restaurants, Update 2011

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Before launching into the restaurant update, I must comment on being in Venice during the Biennale. Picture a whole city just filled with art venues. Wherever you go, there is an exhibition. Besides enjoying the art, which is almost exclusively contemporary, one gets to see the inside of gorgeous palazzi not normally open to the public as well as the beautiful gardens usually entirely closed from view behind high walls and gates.

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Jul 10 2010

Venice Restaurants 2010

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Here is an update of restaurants we like and enjoyed this year:

Tip: I like to go to the Rialto early in my visit to check out which fish looks particularly attractive, local and in season and to learn the Italian/Venetian names so there are no surprises when ordering from a menu. The translations of the names of traditional Venetian shellfish and seafood sometimes tend to be English (rather than fish or fish names with which we are readily familiar in the US.)

 
In giving prices, for dinner, I am assuming 2 people have an appetizer, share a pasta course, have a main dish, share a dessert and have a full carafe or bottle of house wine and bottled water with the meal. None of the restaurants listed objected to sharing courses. For lunch, I usually have an appetizer and either a pasta course or a main course and  1/4 carafe of wine, no dessert. Lunch price approximations are for one person.

Reservations are always a good idea and absolutely essential in some restaurants. Your concierge will be happy to oblige.

Antiche Carampane in the San Polo sestiere is our favorite every year and worth trying to find. The nearest vaporetto stop is San Silvestro on the Number 1. There was an amuse-bouche of deep fried schie (very small shrimp). For appetizers we have variously had the crudo (raw fish sliced thinly, paired with little lettuces and served with a little wasabi on the side), sea and bay scallops and several types of clams. We have started skipping the pasta course because it is just too much food, but if you have an excellent appetite, the pastas are delicious. For the main course, the moeche (small soft-shelled crabs) are wonderful but might seem a little repetitve after the schie. In years past they had a fried zucchini amuse-bouche which we like a bit better. All of the dishes are excellent. There are delicious desserts as well.   There is now a menu available in English and French as well as one in Italian. (Used to be all verbal.)  About €150.
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