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Cannaregio: Fiaschetteria Toscana

Campo S. Giovanni Grisotomo , Phone: 041.5285281
Closing day: All day Tuesday and Wednesday lunch

Reviewed by: Nick Savage from UK, review #1973

When: 2006

Comfortable, professional and simply good. Better yet - it is open on Monday.

Finding a decent restaurant open on Monday is often a problem in Italy. Sampling Fiaschetteria Toscana for the first time I was pleasantly surprised.

The restaurant - downstairs at least - is charming and well decorated. Although we didn't sit outside since it was a bit too warm, the outside space looked equally inviting. The waiters know their stuff.

Our simple dinner of a beautifully fresh sea bass cooked in a salt crust and a splendid pasta with sea scallops was as good as it gets. With a couple of glasses of prosecco to start and a nice wine, the bill at €120 was an invitation to hurry back. Do reserve.

Reviewed by: KenC from MA, review #921

When: 2004

A wonderful "don't miss" restaurant in Venice. Exceptional food!

Spider crab at Toscana Restaurant, photo by KenC

Reservations at 8 pm for dinner did not disappoint us. Our meals were fabulous! The Fiaschetteria Toscana restaurant is a proud member of Buon Ricordo association of fine dining where one can enjoy an authentic Venetian meal with fresh ingredients, and take home a commemorative ceramic plate as a happy reminder of superb cuisine.

My wife ordered spider crab in its own shell and I had baked sea scallops and pilgrim scallops au gratin for hors d’oeuvres. Her main course included lamb cutlets with balsamic vinegar and vegetables. I had "Il piatto del Buon Ricordo" or special fried “Serenissima” dish of fish and vegetables. I must say that I have never tasted fried seafood that was so delicate and light. The ingredients were fresh and simply amazing. We topped our meal off with one of Mariuccia’s sweets and two cappuccini. Our dinner with an excellent bottle of wine set us back €106.50. Expensive but worth every penny.

Highly recommended. Top shelf all the way!

Reviewed by: Boleskine from NJ, review #566

When: 2003

I have never had a bad meal in this elegant but pricey place, but I have had bad service - UPSTAIRS. If you cannot sit downstairs, try another night.

Directions: From Rialto: Walk back to Campo San Bartolomeo - bear left past the Post Office. Cross one bridge and Coin Department store on right. Restaurant is just ahead on left.

We have eaten here on several occasions over the last 4 years. The food is excellent although the tempo and feel is to us more like an upscale NYC Italian Restaurant than a typical Venetian eatery. The waiters all speak excellent English and try to be helpful. Sometimes portions are surprisingly small; a couple next to us was sharing a scallop appetizer that turned out to contain a single scallop - much to their dismay. Desserts are sensational. We have had wonderful experiences sitting downstairs and outside, but upstairs is a very different matter; the service is sloppy, indifferent and slow. Our Prosecco was opened and poured so long before our oysters were served that it was warm when we finally were ready to sip it. Wine glasses were filled to different levels. We waited so long for our check that one couple had to leave without their Buon Ricordo plate despite our requesting it several times - mentioning that they had to make a train. With such excellent food, fine wines and steep prices, the upstairs service is a major glitch in an otherwise outstanding restaurant.

Reviewed by: caplanco from CO, review #491

When: 2003

The best meal we had during two months in Italy.

This was the best meal we had during our two months in Italy. Excellent food and service. Lots of Venetians who seemed to be known from frequent visits. The best veal with green peppercorns and raisins. Although they do have outdoor seating across from the restaurant, we enjoyed being on the first floor and watching everyone come in. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Debra from CA, review #452

When: 2003

Excellent seafood. Attentive service. A "Buon Ricordo" restaurant - which means you get the keepsake plate if you order the "Frittura della Serenissima!"

Reviewed by: Bill Sutherland from Italy, review #355

When: 2002

Venetian food, notwithstanding its name. It has an excellent wine list.

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