Venice Restaurants

Ristorante Quadri

  • Piazza San Marco 121 Map It
  • San Marco
  • Italian

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Located above the famed café of the same name sits one of the most widely discussed restaurants in Italy: Quadri, a name steeped in history (as a café, it was the first to introduce Turkish coffee to an already overcaffeinated city in the 1700s) and overstated Venetian ambience. The Alajmo family (of the celebrated Le Calandre restaurant near Padua) have taken over the restaurant and put their accomplished sous-chef from Padua in charge of the kitchen. The menu has developed increasing complexity, which runs contrary to the inherent simplicity and directness of classic Italian cuisine. With tasting menus (€185–€235, exclusive of wine), you can savor such creative delights as pumpkin lasagnetta noodles with lobster, squid, ginger, and almonds, but you can also be more conservative and enjoy burrata ravioli with a seafood-tomato sauce spiked with oregano. Note also that any tasting menu must be ordered by the entire table. Downstairs, the simpler abcQuadri (located next to the

café)—with impeccably restored neo-rococo wall paintings—serves more traditional Venetian fare and some of the best martinis in town. As for Quadri itself—the prices, cuisine, and decor are all alta, so beware: some food critics find the fare not worth the ticket. Be sure, also, to book one of the few tables with a Piazza San Marco view; otherwise, the ambience offered is lavish, but not really extraordinary.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

Piazza San Marco 121, Venice, Veneto, 30124, Italy

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Phone:

041-5222105

Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Mon.

Published 06/07/2016

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