Fodor's Expert Review Al Covo

$$$ Castello Italian

For years, Diane and Cesare Binelli's Al Covo has set the standard of excellence for traditional, refined Venetian cuisine; the Binellis are dedicated to providing their guests with the freshest, highest-quality fish from the Adriatic, and vegetables, when at all possible, from the islands of the Venetian lagoon and the fields of the adjacent Veneto region. Although their cuisine could be correctly termed "classic Venetian," it always offers surprises like the juicy crispness of their legendary fritto misto—reliant upon a secret, nonconventional ingredient in the batter—or the heady aroma of their fresh anchovies marinated in wild fennel, an herb somewhat foreign to Veneto. The main exception to Al Covo's distinct local flavor is Diane's wonderful Texas-inspired desserts, especially her dynamite chocolate cake.

Italian Venetian Romantic Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

Castello 3968
Venice, Veneto  30122, Italy


Known For:
  • Sophisticated Venetian flavors
  • Top-notch local ingredients
  • Diane\'s chocolate cake for dessert
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and Thurs., Closed Wed. and Thurs., 3 wks. in Jan., and 10 days in Aug., Closed Wed.–Thurs., 3 wks. in Jan., and 10 days in Aug.

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