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Dorsoduro: Casin dei Nobili

Calle d. Casin 2765 , Phone: 041.241.1841

Reviewed by: Gene8499 from VA, review #3584

When: 2010

Good, solid Venetian food, served up in a friendly manner at not too bad a cost.

This restaurant is located just a stone's throw off of Campo San Barnaba in Dorsoduro, which is a very pleasant, not too touristy section of Venice. While most of the folks in the restaurant were not locals, the place had a local feel, and certainly did not feel like one of the tourist traps near Piazza San Marco or along the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. Casin has interior rooms,and a bar, as well as an enclosed terrazza with funky art hanging on the brick walls enclosing the courtyard. We ate on the terrazza on a beautiful clear evening in September. The place was packed. You definitely need reservations if you want the terrace.

Good fish dishes abounded on the night we were there, including a really good monkfish dish, as well as an excellent sole. We picked out a Valpolicella at a reasonable price to accompany our meal. Our servers were very friendly and accommodating young women, who went out of their way to be helpful in explaining how some of the dishes were prepared. All in all, a very good place to go to in Venice. Total cost for four of us, including one bottle of wine, water and coperto, in US dollars was $182, or about $45 per person. Not bad, considering that this is Venice we are talking about.

Reviewed by: jgk from FL, review #2992

When: 2008

We wished we could go back to this place. Better than we expected. Very friendly staff. Good pizza and a wonderful main course salad with tuna, eggs, cheese.

Directions: just off Campo San Barnaba

looking into the patio from the street, photo by

We were in a hurry to get to a concert but we loved Casin dei Nobili. People around us were eating lots of different dishes (not just pizza) and it all looked great. The out door patio is very nice, filled with eclectic art. We loved the young, cheerful, friendly servers.

Reviewed by: Jonathan from UK (moderator), review #2561

When: 2007

Another good meal here: nice, friendly service even though they were very crowded.

It was the night of the Redentore fireworks, so Venice was very full. My plane had landed at 8.20pm; with just hand baggage I was quickly through and onto the ATVO blue bus at 8.40, which sped along at that time of night; I was in my apartment by 9.05!

Arriving at the restaurant at around 9.45, it was completely full. But they took my name, I waited in the calle, and was seated in only about 5 minutes. After the journey I felt like a spritz (priced at a reasonable 2,50): thanks to the tip in Nan's blog I had my first Spritz al Select. Bright red: sweeter than Campari but sharper than Aperol - good!

My antipasto of Pepata di cozze e vongole was excellent. Good, salty, garlicky broth, and a fine pile of molluscs. Then a pizza: alla diavola. Fine: the pizzas here have always been good (I think this is the 4th time I've eaten here).

The place was still pretty full, even at 11pm, as I drank my coffee - but, as ever, the service remained friendly and unhasseled. With a big beer and a coffee, the total came to 28.50.

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #2521

When: 2007

I've been going to Casin dei Nobili since it first opened, and the food never fails to satisfy. Highly recommended!

My friend Melody and I stopped into Casin dei Nobili for a late lunch on the Sunday of the Vogalonga boat race. The restaurant was busy but not crowded, and we enjoyed a leisurely meal among tourists and local families.

We ordered bottled water, and a half liter of house wine, then started with an order of bruschetta and a dozen or so olive ascolane - stuffed and fried olives. I'd had them here last year, and was eager to try them again ... yes, Still Good!! Melody had never heard of them but immediately became a fan - and tried to figure out how to make them!

For her main course, Melody ordered the "Fantasy Salad #1" - don't you love that name? The salad was made up of arugula, tomatoes, carrots, corn, olives, and fresh tuna. She was very happy with it. I had a fresh tasting spada pesce (swordfish) with orechiette pasta and tiny pumpkin bits. There wasn't a sauce to speak of; the soft and sweet-ish pumpkin was a nice balance to the meaty swordfish.

Service was prompt, if not overly friendly. Portions were large enough to share if one so chose. Lunch for two with water and wine: 50.

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #1849

When: 2006

Large and comfortable restaurant with varied menu. Good food, service, and prices.

We ate dinner here twice on our most recent trip - the first time on a Friday night with a group of ten and once just the three of us. We had a reservation the first night, but not the second. Reservations are recommended - it's a popular place!

For the group dinner, we started with a couple bottles of red wine, bottled water, and two orders of olive ascolane (stuffed and deep fried green olives). They were outstanding! I didn't want to pass the serving plate to the next person. ;)

Sharon and I shared the risotto of the day - seafood - and it was very good. Doug let me taste his seafood pasta dish, and it was even better! He'd asked the server what she would recommend, and that's what she'd brought him. It was somehow more flavorful than the risotto.

The restaurant was packed and our server was new ... one of the orders didn't make it to the kitchen. Fortunately, the servings were large enough that Dan could make a meal of sharing others' food. I'm not sure what everyone else ordered, but splitting the bill 10 ways came up with a total of 16 each.

The second time we ate there was late on a Tuesday night. Jonathan, Shannon and I were hungry after our Five Star Lounge Tour, so we stopped in for pizza. We had a liter of wine, bottled water, two pizzas, and a large mixed salad. The bill came to about 40.

Both nights we ate there, this restaurant was bustling with diners - locals and tourists. Service was prompt, but not overly attentive. I recommend it if you're looking for good food in Dorsoduro in a lively atmosphere.

Reviewed by: ColleenR from FL, review #1589

When: 2005

Good food in a friendly atmosphere. Variety of menu choices for vegetarians.

We really enjoyed our meal here. We are both vegetarians so that always presents if not a challenge at least a little more effort when going out to eat. When we enquired at Casin dei Nobili we were assured there was plenty we could eat.

Our waitress spoke such good American accented english I was sure she was American, but she was Italian with a boyfriend from Minneapolis who had apparently shaped her english. She was so helpful and made our dinner a wonderful meal. She helped us to order our first spritz, although I wasn't too enamoured with it.

She recommended a salad which I think was the best salad I've ever had. It was large enough for us both to share, filled with all sorts of wonderful things. We then shared a veggie pizza which was very good with a good mix of vegetables. We asked about dessert; they were homemade so we each got one. I got a chocolate concoction and my companion got chocolate crepes; we both ate every bit. The food was good and the value was equally good.

Reviewed by: Liz from Canada (moderator), review #579

When: 2003

Another good dinner in Venice!

Directions: From Ca' Rezzonico, walk straight towards Campo San Barnaba, at the Campo make a left on Calle d. Casin, the restuarant will be on your right.

This was another of the recommendations from the book "Chow! Venice," and we were once again happy that we had this book in our hot little hands!

The place had a great atmosphere about it, loud, busy and clearly a favorite of many Venetians. I had a fabulous bufula mozzarella salad and a mixed seafood grill that was fantastic. Other family members were very happy with their choices as well. We tried the seafood appetizer with polenta and that was really rather tasty as well, and my husband is not a polenta fan at all! Dinner for 4 with wine = 154

Reviewed by: Amy from MA (moderator), review #326

When: 2002

Good restaurant. We found their pastas to be a bit too rich, with unnecessarily creamy sauces. Pizzas and salads were good, and very fairly priced.

Directions: Casin Dei Nobili is right off Campo S. Barnaba in Dorsoduro. Walk straight back from the Ca' Rezzonico vaporetto stop; in Campo San Barnaba turn left and go through arches. Restaurant is on your right just before bridge.

They have two rooms, one of which is open to the sky. The customers seem a mix of locals and visitors, and the staff is charming. On our second visit, the waitress from our first night came across the room to say hello. We had schie (itty bitty shrimp) over polenta, which I adored. The carpaccio was very nicely done.

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