Contrary to what the name suggests, there's nothing Tuscan about this restaurant's menu. It was formerly a Tuscan wine-and-oil storehouse, and it's worth a visit for its courteous service, fine, but essentially conventional, no-surprises cooking, and ample cellar. The owners, Albino and Mariuccia Busatto, make their presence felt as they walk among the well-appointed tables, opening special bottles of wine and discussing the menu. Gastronomic highlights include a light tagliolini neri al ragù di astice (thin black noodles served with a delicate lobster sauce), and zabaglione.
Campo San Giovanni Crisostomo, Cannaregio 5719, Venice, 30121, Italy
Oct 17, 2008
They simply don't like tourists - and who can blame them? I have yet to have an outstanding meal at any price. The Fiaschetteria was typical in the genuine lack of interest in the diner. Roberto, the waiter was very pleased with his English. His attitude to those of us for whom English is our Mother tongue was extremely condescending. I asked for a description of the fish and was coldly given a menu in English. Fish was sold by the gram for a
total of about 30 euros per fish. Served without artifice - we are not in France. Pomodoro di bue which turned out to be a salad of chopped sweet tomatoes and nothing else - 9 euros. Waiter asked if I wanted a cappuccino after dinner - isn't this practically an insult? Entire dinner - 70 euros, no wine,no pleasure. Vowed to stick with pizza in the future - maybe with sardines as a salute to the sea.
May 20, 2008
My husband and I both had excellent meals, and our waiter was helpful and patient with our indecision. Fish was fresh and well prepared. I loved my fried zucchini flowers! The prices, however, were more than expected.
Nov 10, 2007
We recently visited twice: On the first evening a group of 10 US physicians was at the next table: It was depressing how little interest the head waiter Roberto found when he explained in fluent English the Venetian delicacies such as cicale di mare or schie con polenta. He also recommended without success to share a bistecca fiorentina between three or four. I am sure the party will report back home that the tuna mousse and the lamb racks were
nice but unspectacular... Two days later we returned to try the fiorentina. We first had crudi di pesce, schie con polenta and sogliolette in saor, before the waiter proudly presented the 620 g bistecca. It was so soft and tasty, it almost saved a trip to Florence ! We could not eat any of the dolce afterwards, just a few biscotti to espresso and grappa. Summary: if in Italy, eat like the Italians. Let yourself be helped by waters who show interest and love for food.
Sep 16, 2007
We have come to really laugh about our dining experiences in Venice. It's clear they don't like tourists, so you might just ask your Concierge to recommend a place that doesn't mind you're not speaking Italian. Everything started out very nicely, as we were seated, and the waiter took our orders and offered to answer questions (my father usually had several). However, once my dad asked for "butter" to go with the bread, the service really went downhill.
I later ended up asking our Concierge and our tour guide whether that was an insulting proposition in Italian restaurants, as we certainly didn't want to offend anyone, but it seemed to illicit some rude behavior in more than 1 restaurant. I was told it was no problem to ask this. In any event, our waiter didn't make eye contact with us again, and it was very difficult to get his attention. I was sure this was intentional, as this was a very small restaurant. No butter ever grazed our table, despite the agreements to bring it. The dessert order was wrong, and we left feeling like we had just imposed on someone. I'd go somewhere else.