Is there good Pizza and Pasta in Venice?

Sep 3rd, 2012, 12:54 PM
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What about La Zucca?
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Sep 3rd, 2012, 04:39 PM
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What about it? It's not Venetian, so it doesn't do much fish -- and therefore very popular.
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Sep 3rd, 2012, 06:03 PM
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Try La Bitta, Calle Lunga San Barnaba, in Dorsoduro. They are proud of the fact that they don't serve fish.

We've eaten well there several times, and the smoked leg of goose was pretty good.
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Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:41 PM
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Wrenwood, we enjoy La Zucca, have been twice, two different trips - they do wonderful things with vegetables. Reservations a must.
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Sep 4th, 2012, 03:36 AM
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If you are looking for a place that does not serve fish, this is one option; I had a very good meal here years ago and the reviews still look good. I will always remember the restaurant because I had my first taste of Colonnata lardo here, on a tasting menu. I swooned over it, and they then presented me with a whole plate of gossamer thin slices.

http://www.aigondolieri.com/default.asp?lang=en
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Sep 4th, 2012, 03:46 AM
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I am thinking La Zucca might be nice for the first night as it's only about a 10 min walk from the Hotel, and we need to get up early the next morning.

La Bitta is definitely on the list, thanks all for that one.

Anyone been to Pizzeria Trattoria All'Anfora or Antica Birraria La Corte?
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Sep 4th, 2012, 10:16 AM
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La Zucca was delicious. We were just there. Make sure that you have a reservation. They have 2 seatings - 7 pm and 9 pm and if you want to dine outdoors you should specify when booking.

The service when we were there was precise but very snooty - but the food - terrific. You have been warned! In fact, the service in Venice (aside from a lovely server at Anice Stellato and the waitstaff at Muro San Stae) was totally aloof, and at La Zucca from one female staffer in particular, almost rude.

I hope that you have better luck in that regard.
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Sep 4th, 2012, 10:22 AM
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There was a place just across from La Zucca as well that looked as if they were turning out some nice pasta dishes. I cannot remember the name though, but if you are there, perhaps check out the menu. Also go just up the way to the Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio - lots of nightlife there! When we were there they had a band playing Beatles on night and Italian tunes the other. Lovely! and 2 E Proseccos to help enjoy the music.
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Sep 4th, 2012, 10:24 AM
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Thanks jamierin. I too hope we don't get snooty waitstaff, that can really spoil a meal!

Your answer did make me wonder. What does a restaurant do if you book an outside table and then it is terrible weather?
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Sep 4th, 2012, 10:29 AM
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I always wonder that too but I assume that they would seat you inside. Are you going soon? Perhaps you can get a weather report for your first night. Inside was nice too, so not to worry in that regard.

Enjoy Venice!
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Sep 4th, 2012, 11:19 AM
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I can third [fourth?] la Bitta. the heap of various cuts of meat set in a sea of polenta went down particularly well with DS but it was a LARGE portion, the steaks that DD and I had were more manageable.

ciccetti [bar snacks] and tramezzini [triangular sandwiches] are all worth looking out for; there was a particularly good bar serving delicious filled rolls in the little square near our apartment which was at the back of the piaaza san bartolomeo - basic directions are that you head into the callle between the Coin department store and the public toilets, and turn right and left!

in fact that whole area is full of interest and well worth exploring.
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Sep 4th, 2012, 11:41 AM
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"Anyone been to Pizzeria Trattoria All'Anfora or Antica Birraria La Corte?"

Yup and both are good. Anfora has better pizza and they are HUGE to boot. But Birreria la Corte has other stuff besides pizza (including the arugula starter Anna recommends above) plus a really great wine list. I would go back to both in a heartbeat.
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Sep 4th, 2012, 12:01 PM
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We'll be there late September, I was just hoping to get some reservations made.

I found 2 places that said La Bitta is cash only? I think they're closed Sundays, don't know about Mondays, can't find a website for them. Need to convince DH about the cash only thing with La Bitta.

We have 4 nights. Too many choices. Right now I have La Zucca and Da Mamo, maybe LaPorta Acqua, maybe Al Paradiso. Birraria la Corte?

And I don't know if we want to try someplace like L'Osteria di Santa Marina or Fiaschetteria Toscana or????? that's a little pricier for our Anniversary dinner. I'd hate to pay the high prices in Venice for a speciall night out and be disappointed or get a snooty waiter!
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Sep 4th, 2012, 02:05 PM
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Need to convince DH about the cash only thing with La Bitta.>>

not quite sure what the problem with cash is, wrenwood. we're not talking cipriani prices. i can't remember exactly, but I'd be surprised if we paid more than €100 for 2 courses, wine, water, for 4 of us.
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Sep 4th, 2012, 02:22 PM
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Ann that makes me feel better! With no website and high prices in Venice I was thinking it would be at least twice that for 3 of us, thanks for the feedback.
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Sep 4th, 2012, 02:51 PM
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Hi wrenwood,

I'm taking the liberty of posting the link to my TR from our family holiday in Venice 3-4 years ago [it says 2010 but I don't believe that!] as you might be interested in what we ate and what it cost.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...and-we-saw.cfm

couple of things to say - it was a few years ago [I think 4 as DD was 20 and she's 24 now] so prices might have gone up, but OTOH the € has come down so the actual cost is probably about the same.

the restaurants mentioned towards the end of the trip in the calle san barbara is la Bitta, I think. [Peter_Aus and I had an argument about that, and I think he won!]. also my memory has failed me slightly in some of the things I said above - it's the CAMPO San Bartolomeo, for example.

if you are worried about prices, and not too keen on fish, you will do well to avoid ordering whole fish that are priced by weight. [it'll say on the menu " /gr" or " /kg".] of course there are many places where you will not get ripped off if you order fish like that, but it does give the unscrupulous an opportunity to make a bit of extra cash.

if you stick to places recommended here [especially by Peter or caroline] IMO you can't got far wrong.
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Sep 4th, 2012, 03:10 PM
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Is this the place you were thinking of, annhig?

http://www.osteriairusteghi.com/html/home.html
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Sep 5th, 2012, 07:13 AM
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well done, baby. the entrance to our apartment was at the back of the campo.

i could never work out the opening hours of the osteria but it was very nice when it WAS open.
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Sep 5th, 2012, 07:33 AM
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I'm absolutely amazed that there has been no mention of the outdoor pizzaria at the foot of the bridge to Dorsoduro! Wonderful view of the Grand Canal, good pizza and beer (or wine) and relatively inexpensive.
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Sep 5th, 2012, 10:14 AM
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DTJ, yes, you're thinking of the one right at the Accademia Bridge, on the Dosoduro side. Excellent. And on Murano there is wonderful pizza at Osterio Duomo. In fact you can get excellent pizza in Venice -- just like you can in New York or elsewhere. Some pizzerias are even owned and run by Italians who have moved from Naples, so why wouldn't it be good?

And I've had excellent pasta at a number of places, including the best lasagna I think I've ever had (on a couple of recommendations, as I'd never think of ordering lasagna in Venice) -- at Enoteca Mascareta in Castello.
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