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Ravenna: Enoteca Ca' de Ven

Via C. Ricci , Phone: 0544.30163

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #1848

When: 2006

Wine bar with a great atmosphere and tasty piedina.

Directions: In Centro Storico

Sunday evening at Ca' de Ven, photo by Colleen

Shannon and I stopped in here early Sunday evening before dinner for a glass of wine, and to try one of the region's signature dishes - piedina. Ca' de Ven was fairly quiet when we first arrived, but we had a table near the front door and watched it fill up with locals and other travelers.

We ordered prosecco to start, and three different types of the very inexpensive piedina ... we wanted to try them all! The piedina arrived toasty warm in a basket, and were very flavorful. There were about 3 pie-wedge sized pieces of each type. Plain - "Piada Semplice" = .90, Rosemary - "Piada Rosmarino" = 2.0, "Piada Prosciutto+Formaggio" = 4. If we hadn't been heading off to dinner, we could have easily finished the basket.

The total bill - including a bottle of red wine - came to just over 19. We didn't finish the bottle, and when I asked for a bag to take it with us, the cashier also offered a cork. I thought that was a thoughtful gesture. Ca' de Ven is an enjoyable spot - I look forward to returning.

Reviewed by: Donna Marie from CA, review #1548

When: 2005

An enoteca which did not live up to its reputation.

We went to Ca' de Ven because we had read good reviews and thought that being an enoteca would mean that there would be a decent selection of wines to purchase - but also be able to sample some wines along with food. We were disappointed.

We had been looking forward to dining at Ca' de Ven and went for dinner with the highest of expectations. While the place has an excellent ambience with more charm than you can possibly imagine and while the food was pretty good, the service was passable and the wine selection minimal. I fully expected to see shelves of wines for sale (the stock was slim) and there were perhaps two red wines and two white wines available at the bar.

I might be wrong in my understanding of what an "enoteca" is. Or perhaps it was just an "off" night.

Reviewed by: Susie L from CA, review #728

When: 2004

Bustling enoteca with rustic food - "piedina" a specialty.

Ca' de Ven, literally "House of Wine". A large, bustling enoteca located in the center of Ravenna, on a street loaded with interesting shops. You may "belly up" to the bar, or sit in one of the dining rooms. The dining room in the back is non-smoking.

The draws here are the wine and "piedina." Piedina is a traditional flat bread, which is grilled. It can be stuffed or served flat with all kinds of vegetables, meats or cheeses. It can be a snack or a light meal.

3 of us shared a bottle of 2001 Le Caminate Sangiovese di Romagna and piedina for three. The piedina arrived nice and hot in a cloth covered basket. To accompany the piedina there was mortadella, 2 types of salami, pecorino cheese, a very soft almost liquid cheese (I think it is called "squacerone"), grilled eggplant, mushroom caps stuffed with tomato, breadcrumbs and cheese, red and yellow roasted peppers and stuffed zucchini.

Following with espresso and grappa, our bill for three was 66 euros. This place is a lot of fun and very casual.

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