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Cannaregio: Osteria Anice Stellato

Fondamenta de la Senza , Phone: 041.720744

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Bill Sutherland from Italy, review #353

When: 2002

The taxi boat there cost more than our lunch--well, almost more. A small trattoria with very traditional Venetian cuisine. Very out of the way - only locals.

Directions: Directions: It is in the far reaches of Cannaregio, on the Fondamenta de la Sensa. Take the vaporetto to S. Marcuola, and it's an easy 10 minute walk.

Reviewed by: Amy from MA (moderator), review #354

When: 2002

Shhh. Only tell the friends you know would appreciate it about this place. This was my favorite restaurant this trip, where we had 3 great meals.

A simple "neighborhood" feel; with wonderful cucina dalla tradizione Veneziana. You definitely need a reservation for dinner, even a few days in advance for a Saturday night. No decor, rickety wood tables, and two pleasant waiters, one of whom understands English. But please, try out your Italian here, and order as the Italians do.

Since this is a Slow Food recommendation, they do get foreign visitors, mostly French. You'll also see a lot of Italians, many regulars who get kissed by the woman behind the bar, and a group of old guys who rotate through at the bar. The front room can get very smoky. At night, they put a few tables outside on the rio.

I highly recommend the starter of a plate of mixed cichetti. Several different bites of seafood, like sardines in soar, stuffed sardines, marinated octopus, and a few low tide things I didn't recognise. It was all delicious. The wonderful seafood risottos, and a few of the pasta with seafood primis need to be ordered for two people. In the evening, they also have many daily specials in addition to the small regular menu. We had great frito misto (a huge platter - good to share at lunch), fantastic oratino in umido (baby sea bream baked in a vegetable sauce), stuffed calamari, and fillet in barolo (where the meat was remarkably flavorful and tender). Contorni were also good, and desserts extremely well done. I'd fly back just for the lemon torta. And yup, they'll make decaf espresso for us peculiar stranieri.

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