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Castello: Alla Rivetta

Salizzada San Provolo 4625 , Phone: 041.528.7302

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Robert Rainey from CA, review #3045

When: 2008

I just didn't care for the bright lights, crowds, or atmosphere

Directions: Near bridge beteen Campo s. Provolo and Campo Filipo and Giacomo, close to St Marks.

Very popular place and close to Piazza San Marco. Crowded, too bright, it comes off to me like one of the places adjacent to St. Marks where only tourists go. The food was good, we started with a vegetable plate of eggplant, zuccini, peppers, potatoes, all good.

I had a spicy tomato sauce on my steak. Service was efficient from our Jerry Springer look-alike waiter (the table next to us thought so too)

I just don't like the whole atmosphere, but the food is good.

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #2522

When: 2007

A bustling trattoria near San Marco, serving good food at a reasonable price. Alla Rivetta is on my list of favorite places to eat in Venice.

Directions: Coming from the direction of Piazza San Marco, just to the right of the steps of the San Provolo bridge.

My friend Melody and I were in Venice for just the weekend, so I wanted to take her to restaurants I knew and liked. I hadn't been to Alla Rivetta in a couple of years - I was happy to recognize the owners and to find that the food, service, and prices were all as good as I remembered.

As we waited for a table at about 8pm, the owner handed around small glasses of prosecco to those of us in line. Then he passed a plate of lightly battered and fried vegetables - yum! The line moved fairly quickly, and we were soon seated inside.

We ordered a half liter of house wine and bottled water. Melody started with a very nice mixed salad, and I had the tortellini soup. Very tasty chicken broth with flavorful tortellini cooked almost al dente, sprinkled with fresh parsley. While in Tuscany the week before, we'd grown to like fagioli bianchi (white beans) in a simple mixture of olive oil and salt, so we ordered a small dish to share.

While waiting for our first course we perused the menu trying to decide on our next choices. Although busy, our server was patient and didn't mind waiting for us to make up our minds.

For her main course, Melody ordered the night's special - scallops, prawns, mussels, and clams in a white wine sauce over linguine. It was very good ... I was glad she shared with me. :D I had fried prawns and calamari - with a squeeze of lemon they were just delicious!

We ended dinner with an order of tiramisu to share for dessert - also delish! Dinner for two with wine and one grappa: 52.

Reviewed by: Monica Pileggi from MD, review #1932

When: 2006

A very busy restaurant filled with both tourists and Italians enjoying the good food.

Fried Calamari and Shrimp, photo by Monica J. Pileggi

May 2006: I dined here in 2003 and really liked it so I wanted to try it again. Since Venice is known to have restaurants that serve poor quality food, I kept my fingers crossed it would still a good place to dine.

Its a busy restaurant, so make reservations. If you get there a little early, the man behind the bar (located at the entrance of the restaurant), will serve you a glass of prosecco while you wait for your table. I dined with my friend Beth and we shared a plate of fried calamari and shrimp. For my entree, I ordered the noodles with crab meat. I had hoped it would be the same as the last time I was there (in a thick creamy sauce) but it was more of a thin red sauce. I don't remember what Beth ordered. We shared a 1/2 liter of Prosecco and bottled water. 22 for my portion. I would return here again!

Reviewed by: Doru from Canada, review #706

When: 2003

Highly recommended! Excellent food!

We had dinner twice at Alla Rivetta, the first time a friend from Milano accompanied us, while the second time just the two of us.

For the first visit, we arrived at Alla Rivetta at 7:30 p.m. sharp, with the reservation made the day before, as recommended in "Chow! Venice", the very useful guide to "savouring the food and wine in La Serenissima", written by Shannon Essa and Ruth Edenbaum, a must have book for visitors to Venice.

The restaurant was packed and people were waiting outside and in the narrow entrance. Although we had the prenotazzione, we had to wait until a table was freed. In the meantime, as we were standing by the bar, we were offered glasses of prosecco and generous tidbits: cold grilled scampi, deep fried fungheti, a variety of crostini, to make our wait more palatable.

Finally, a table became available and we sat for an excellent meal: My wife limited herself to the great grilled mixed vegetables, lauded elsewhere by Shannon Essa (see above). Her dish received an unqualified Bravo! Our friend ordered sarde sar and spaghetti neri, I took melanzane alla pizzaiola and fegato alla veneziana with a side dish of patate fritte.

Around us the restaurant was in full swing, all tables taken, all covered by the pleasant din of cutlery and happy voices. The service was precise, though somewhat cool, until we made eye contact with the waiter, who then mellowed visibly. The three of us chatted and went slowly trough the liter of house white, and ended with a round of coffees.

All of the above, including water and a good tip, added up to 75, which seems like an excellent price for the quality, quantity and correct service, and the apologetic sheepishness displayed by the restaurant for not having the table ready on time. On the way out we made a reservation for dinner on Friday, because we really liked just about everything about Alla Rivetta.

On Friday, for the second dinner there, we were already somewhat familiar faces, and were greeted accordingly. The restaurant was not as busy as it was on Wednesday, and we were seated immediately.

A delightful meal followed: gnocchi alla granchio and spaghetti alla nero di sepia for me, mixed vegetable salad and spaghetti rag for my wife. The service was attentive, not rushed. I decided to throw a mental challenge to the restaurant and I ordered a panna cotta to close the meal. I got it, with frutti di bosco, and it was good but not to the level of the Panna Cotta (capitals intended) served by that Tuscan cooking Priestess, Adila Solomon, formerly of Boccon di Vino in Montalcino, now owner and chef of Tutti Matti in Toronto.

But back to Venice: this was a wonderful dinner.

With l. of house white, water and two excellent coffees, one of them a creamy doppio, we left behind, nice tip included, a very acceptable 55 and departed with handshakes all around and promises on my part to be back again sometime. I know that Josette thinks that two years in a row in Venice call for change in itinerary, but for me hope springs eternal.

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #612

When: 2003

Good food and service at reasonable prices in a lively trattoria.

Directions: Between Campo SS Filippo e Giacomo and Campo S. Zaccaria; on the right hand side (as you're coming from SS F&G) and nearly underneath the Ponte San Provolo. (Don't confuse this trattoria with the "Alla Rivetta" in San Polo sestiere!)

I'd heard good things about this little restaurant for several years before I got a chance to check it out. On the first night of my arrival in Venice, I met up with some friends here for dinner - and then we returned twice more during my 10-day stay!

The trattoria is small, and the tables are placed closely together - so some maneuvering is usually required when being seated and getting coats hung up. Once past that minor obstacle, though, they make everything else very easy. The menu is in multiple languages - which used to be a bad sign, but not anymore ... or not here, anyway. Waitstaff are helpful and will make recommendations if you ask.

All three meals I had at alla Rivetta were delicious. I especially liked their spaghetti with vongole verace and the vegetable antipasti. I am NOT an eggplant eater, but loved their eggplant with cheese and anchovies! (Okay, so maybe it was the cheese and anchovies that I liked...)

The fried shrimp and calamari were fantastic - with a squeeze of fresh lime over them they just disappeared from the plate! LOL Both the red and white house wines were fine, and their Prosecco on New Year's Day was crisp and refreshing. If you're very good your waiter will let you order grappa after your meal. (He didn't on our first visit ... but brought us some delicious dessert wine instead!) Dinner was about 25-30 euros per person, including house wine and after dinner drinks.

Alla Rivetta is a popular place and tables can turn over quickly. We never felt rushed, though, and I have no hesitations in recommending lunch or dinner here.

Reviewed by: Debra from CA, review #453

When: 2003

To me this was a "pack 'em in, move 'em out" kind of restaurant. Food was good though. For the same price (Dinner for 2 80) I'd choose the leisurely dining of Da Remigio.

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