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Cannaregio: Orto dei Mori

Campo dei Mori, 3386 , Phone: 041 524 3677

Reviewed by: jgk from FL, review #3557

When: 2010

Wonderful! This is a contemporary take on traditional Venetian food. I would say "Don't miss!"

Directions: Easy walk from the Orto vaporetto stop.

We had a reservation at Osteria dei Orto Mori and it was a good thing because they turned away some people who didn’t. Our meal was outstanding. The place is different from any other I’ve been to in Venice. It is very contemporary, cozy, arty, but noisy with the tables quite close together. It could have been in any big city in the US.

The food was really excellent. We started with a mixed fried seafood and vegetable platter. There were two kinds of a lot of vegetables, shrimp and calamari with a wonderful thin batter, no trace of oil. Then Ken had shrimp with asparagus (well cooked and chopped in the center of a long, white, rectangle plate) and Pat and Bob shared a terrific salad of pears, parmigiano, fennel and walnuts over lettuce. Bob had steak in nebbiolo sauce, which he loved. Ken had pappardelle with white ragu and peas. He was not as thrilled with his choice but I thought it was delicious. Pat and I shared a stunning dish - thin veal rolled around asiago and Parmigiano cheese and wrapped in bacon. So when you cut into the roll, the melted cheese oozes out. The bacon was sweet and salty—the whole combination in the mouth—I loved it! Our plate also included some lovely green beans.

We ordered what I thought was the best wine of the trip, so far: Ronco dei Tassi Collio — a blend of red grapes from Friuli and velvety soft. We were all just too full for dessert although they looked interesting around the dining room.

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