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Venice--dining on fish on Sundays and Mondays?

Venice--dining on fish on Sundays and Mondays?

Jul 30th, 2012, 07:31 AM
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Caroline,

Thanks for the tip--I will check out Venice connected.
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Jul 30th, 2012, 07:38 AM
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hmmm, maybe it's just my poor Italian language skills, but on the Venice Connected website, it seems to say that the Rialto market is open every day--is that right? (When I clicked on the link to convert to English it didn't work).
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Jul 30th, 2012, 07:46 AM
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The market is open every day, but not all the stalls are open.

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Jul 30th, 2012, 08:17 AM
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Thin--thanks. Are any of the produce stalls open on Sunday or Monday, or are there only other types of stalls open on those days (and if so, what do they sell)?
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Jul 30th, 2012, 10:00 AM
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there is an indian guy selling produce there every day.

he always said bon giorno to me and keith.

unfortunately, i have a raw fruit allergy and couldn't buy any from him.

thin
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Jul 31st, 2012, 01:22 AM
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RMMR2, yes, I noticed the venice connected & also the comune websites imply the Rialto markets are open every day, but that's wrong. I had noticed the Indian guy being there after official opening hours on a 'normal' market day - and greeting everyone, hoping to get their business - we were sucked in & bought from him once, but his prices were a rip-off & the quality poor.

We tried the Santa Marta farmers'market yesterday & it turned out the vc/comune websites were wrong about that too - they said it's open 2-7, but the stallholders told is it opens at 11 and some were already packing up when we arrived about 4.30. It may be because we arrived late and/or because it's now the main holiday season, but there were only half a dozen stalls open at that point - 4 fruit & veg, 1 baker & 1 wine producer. It's also possible that it's quite new & will expand with time - I remember the Edinburgh farmers' market starting small with a few meat stalls & 1 veg stall, but it became brilliant in time.

Anyway the bread (which unfortunately we didn't need by then) looked lovely and we bought some nice home made biscuits and some fruit at very good prices. We will be back next week and hope to try the wine & anything else that's going then.

Sorry rialtogirl - didn't respond to you before. We have noticed that place and thought it sounds potentially interesting, when we are ready for a splurge somewhere new. (Although I have a slight grudge against them as we once had an afternoon Spritz there & they don't give you any snacks with it Since we are not now on holiday but just living our life (and we currently have no income!), we don't eat out as much as we used to and usually somewhere more moderately priced. So at the moment for birthdays, anniversaries etc we are still revisiting favourite places from the past.
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Jul 31st, 2012, 02:41 AM
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Caroline I hear ya on the not eating out much thing and to be honest I am not sure I would give up a splurge on the Galileo - but, you can go into the little bar for an ombra sometime and maybe a snack (I think they have a small selection of cichetti and certainly there were Venetians standing outside drinking which is usually a good sign) and then you can get a sense of the place before you go for the full on splurge. I think we paid about 75 euros for 2 (including a bottle of wine.)

If I am going to splurge, I am going to do it somewhere I know (like one of the insanely amazing meat platters at La Cantina.) Maybe RMMR2 can try it
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Jul 31st, 2012, 04:27 AM
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Thanks rialto girl: actually, E75 for 2 isn't too bad, I thought it was more expensive than that - must study the menu again!
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Jul 31st, 2012, 05:13 AM
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RMMR2, I'm not a Venice expert with market info, but just wanted to mention that one of my favourite meals there was dried salt cod (baccala? Italian sp?)where obviously freshness was not a question.
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Jul 31st, 2012, 05:15 AM
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For a splurge, I like fish at Algiubagio on the Fondamenta Nuove with its pontoon overlooking San Michele and the Alps on a fine evening. Two courses plus wine for two will be over 100 euro so we don't do it often.

No snacks with spritz! That's terrible, I would not return there. There is a tiny corner bar on Campo San Aponal, very neighbourhood feeling, which serves popcorn. But maybe you have to be American to be enthusiastic about popcorn.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 08:04 AM
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Thanks everyone for your continuing restaurant recommendations--I'm compiling a list from this thread to take with me.

nfldbeothuk, I actually tried to prepare a baccala dish several years ago at home--we were trying to do a traditional Italian Christmas Eve "7 fishes" dinner. I was so excited to find the dried salt cod at our local Italian deli, but my dish didn't turn out that well. All I remember of the recipe is that it required soaking to dried salt cod for quite a while. I would love to try it in Venice so I can find out what it's supposed to taste like!

Caroline and rialtogrl--thanks for the info on the Santa Marta farmers market--it sounds like it might be a possibility for a Monday. And I will let you know if we try Galileo. It is tempting since it sounds fairly close to our apartment and rialtogrl's description is intriguing (and the price is right).
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Aug 1st, 2012, 09:31 AM
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RE Galileo, it was around 75 euros for two but we probably split a first course and then maybe had two second courses or some combination. Eating outside is wonderful there. When we were there a string quartet of four guys sat down next to the tables and played for quite a while. I went up to tip one of them and he was stoned out of his mind. But they played beautifully. Magic. I particularly liked the chef's deconstruction of 3 classic Venetian dishes - risi e bisi, pasta fagioli, and pasta with seppie. If I could go back for one thing, that is what I would go for.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 11:26 AM
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rialtogrl--it sounds just wonderful. What is seppie?
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Aug 1st, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Seppie are cuttlefish and there is a pasta where they use the ink of the cuttlefish to make it black. Only the pasta at Galileo was SQUASH... LOL
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Aug 1st, 2012, 01:17 PM
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Seppie are cuttlefish and there is a pasta where they use the ink of the cuttlefish to make it black>>

DS's favourite. he ate it at every opportunity and happily walked round with a black mouth and teeth. [it's not suitable for a wedding meal IMHO!]

we found a glass model of a cuttlefish to bring home as a keepsake.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 02:23 PM
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Ok, I now am determined to have seppie pasta when we're in Venice; it sounds delicious--maybe similar to squid-ink pasta? Also, I'm studying jewelry making, and will be learning how to use cuttlefish bones to cast pieces. I've been around when others did it, and it smelled horrendous! If I enjoy seppie pasta maybe the smell of cuttlefish bones won't make me gag!
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:07 AM
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I think you have to be careful with pasta with seppie and it's easy to be put off. It's not just pasta coloured with the ink, it's made with the actual fish too. When I tried it in restaurants I found it too overpowering & couldn't eat much (and I am a very adventurous eater). Then we tried making it ourselves & discovered that for 2, you need 4 seppie (assuming not too big) but only 1 ink sac - and it turns out more grey than black. I suspect that many restaurants think this doesn't look very appetising, so use too much ink to make it a nice glossy black. So IME, best to make your own! IME fishmongers will prepare the seppie for you and carefully wrap an ink sac (with maybe a spare in case of accidents) separately, cocooned between 2 of the 'quills'.
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:08 AM
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c_e - I'd never thought of DS as an adventurous eater, but for him with the seppie pasta, it's the blacker the better. he ends up looking like something out of a goth movie.

I've tried making it at home but even when I can get the ink, it's not quite the same.
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Aug 5th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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Hi Ann - he must like strong flavours, anyway! Impressed you've been able to get the parts at home.
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Aug 5th, 2012, 01:17 PM
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hi caroline,

strangely, DS doesn't normally like strong flavours but he loves spaghetti alla seppia.

sometimes i can buy the ink in little sachets from a local food market which also sells squid/cuttlefish from time to time.

if I'm lucky they've got both on the same day.

then i have to remember where I found the recipe!
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