Fodor's Expert Review Osteria Da Fiore

$$$$ San Polo Italian Fodor's Choice

The understated atmosphere, simple decor, and quiet elegance featured alongside Da Fiore's modern take on traditional Venetian cuisine certainly merit its international reputation. With such beautifully prepared cuisine, you would expect the kitchen to be manned by a chef with a household name; however, the kitchen is headed by owner Maurizio Martin's wife, Mara, who learned to cook from her grandmother. The other surprise is that, while this restaurant is in a higher price category, it is hardly among the priciest in Venice. The menu is constantly changing, but generally fritto misto or Da Fiore's tender, aromatic version of seppie in nero is almost always available. Reservations, made a few days in advance in high season, are essential for dinner, but you can try just dropping in for lunch. Da Fiore is consistently awarded a Michelin star, although—unlike many other honored restaurants—it does not publicize the fact.

Italian Venetian Intimate Lunch Dinner Fodor's Choice $$$$

Quick Facts

San Polo 2002
Venice, Veneto  30125, Italy


Known For:
  • Sophisticated traditional Venetian dishes
  • Delicious tasting menus
  • Reservations required in advance
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., and 3 wks in Jan.

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