Fodor's Expert Review Ristorante Quadri

$$$$ San Marco Italian

Although the lavish interior has been updated by designer Philippe Starck, this restaurant above the famed café of the same name is still steeped in Venetian ambience and history (it was where Turkish coffee was introduced to the city in the 1700s). When the Alajmo family (of the celebrated Le Calandre near Padua) took over, they put their accomplished sous-chef from Padua in charge of the kitchen, resulting in the addition of dishes—best sampled with a tasting menu—that are more complex. Savor such creative delights as pumpkin lasagnetta noodles with lobster, squid, ginger, and almonds, but you can also be more conservative and enjoy burrata ravioli with a seafood-tomato sauce spiked with oregano. Note also that any tasting menu must be ordered by the entire table. Downstairs, the simpler Quadrino (located next to the café)—with impeccably restored neo-rococo wall paintings—serves more traditional Venetian fare and some of the best martinis in town. As for Quadri itself, the prices, cuisine, and decor are all alta, so beware. Be sure, also, to book one of the few tables with a Piazza San Marco view.

Italian Venetian Views Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$

Quick Facts

Piazza San Marco 121
Venice, Veneto  30124, Italy

041-5222105

www.alajmo.it/en/sezione/ristorante-quadri/ristorante-quadri

Known For:
  • Sophisticated and modern Italian cuisine
  • Tasting menus with seasonal ingredients
  • Jaw-droppingly expensive prices
  • Seasonal tasting menus
  • Jaw-dropping prices
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

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