Whenever I go to Venice, I always make a point of going to my favorite restaurant in Italy. I've never been anything but blown away. Luca has been the consumate host for all the years I've been going- 7, and although the place is always full,his service has never suffered- even if I'm just by myself. The passion and love that these maistros put into their small venue has remained top notch, as is evident with their full restaurant at each of the two seatings per night.The food is sophisticated, clean, light, yet simple and somewhat unserstated. Be sureto leave some room for the sensational desert offerings....and MOST IMPORTANT- book in advance to assure seating!
Just back from a "foodie" week in Venice and have to say Alle Testiere was the best food we tasted all week ; still recovering from the prices at Harry's Bar and 40 euros for 4 coffees at the Gritti Palace !!!!.Luca and Bruno run a small but perfectly formed operation ,the whole meal from start to finish was sublime and great value compared to Harry's Bar ( 29 euros for a bowl of minestrone!!!! (ouch).You have to book Alle Testiere well in advance but it is well worth the effort .The Black Cat on Burano was also good if you can't get into Alle Testiere , we had lunch there,again good value and nice fish.
This is one of our favorite restaurants in Venice, and we've gone here the last three times we've visited the city. The food, ambiance and service are superb, which is even better in a city not known for its cuisine.
The dishes are simple but elegant, based on the local dishes and seafood, but with their own spin. The dish I enjoyed the most was a good example of this - shrimp with some eastern spices, including cinnamon. Delicious!