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San Marco: Acqua Pazza

Campo San Anzolo

Reviewed by: AnnieNC from NC, review #2429

When: 2006

Okay but pretty expensive for pizza.

I have mixed emotions about this place. The pizza was very good, but way over-priced, I think. The coperto (table charge) is 5 per person, which is high even for Venice. By contrast, the coperto at La Zucca (a truly great restaurant) is only 1.50.

My friend and I each had a pizza - they were about 15 each. The pizzas are huge (more than we could eat) and we could have shared one, but we assumed that they were the more traditional, individually-sized pizzas you get most places in Italy. I wish we'd known! My pizza was arugula, speck, and buffalo mozzarella - it was very good.

The menu is pretty extensive with lots of seafood and meat. Pizza was by far the least expensive choice.

Our total bill for two pizzas, a bottle of Prosecco, and water was 65. Throw in a surly waiter and nothing special about the atmosphere, and I felt a bit ripped off.

A couple of positives, though - at the end of the meal, they put a complimentary bottle of liqueur on each table - kind of like limoncello, but we had mandarin. Other tables had lemon or melon. This stuff was delicious and packed a punch! And even though our waiter wasn't very pleasant, the young girl who was clearing tables was very sweet.

And another note, this restaurant is in Campo Sant' Angelo and has a very large outdoor dining area, but we were there on a cold December night and ate indoors. I would have been happier sitting outside!

Reviewed by: jgk from FL, review #1613

When: 2004

Great outdoor dining in a nice little campo. Classic fresh Venetian seafood, good service. Mix of tourists and locals.

We sat down for lunch, soon after arriving in Venezia, and must have looked confused and exhausted (we were). So the Host says he knows what we want, just leave it to him. OK with us.

After a wonderful glass of prosecco the food began to arrive. First a huge platter of mixed seafood specialities, including: calamari, octopus, little clams, mussels, sardines, salmon, bacala fried sardines, artichokes, some other fried things and more! We were stuffed! Then he brought bruschetta and pasta with seafood and a pizza! Everything was delicious but there was just way too much. So, go to Acqua Pazza but do your own ordering.

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