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Santa Croce: Osteria Antico Giardinetto

Calle dei Morti 2253 , Phone: 041.722.882

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: ed shoucair from USA, review #3065

When: 2008

Didn't want the evening to end

My wife and I recently had dinner at this fine restaurant. It was our best meal of our five day stay. The seafood was fresh as anywhere (and we live in Gloucester, MA, which is America's oldest fishing village). It was also brilliantly seasoned. They has a fine selection of meats too, if that is what you're interested in.

You can eat inside or out on the patio. One of the owners was our host and was most friendly, make sure you ask him for his thoughts on which wine to go with your meal. At the evening's end, we needed to make our way across town to a concert, he drew us a map and walked us several blocks to make sure we were on our way.

A wonderful place and memory.


Reviewed by: JS from MO, review #2566

When: 2007

Creative and fresh fish and meat dishes in a charming atmosphere. The owners have worked in some of Venice's most delicious restaurants before opening here.

Directions: Using campo San Cassiano in the San Polo district as your landmark, look ahead to the two bridges that exit the square and take the bridge to your right. Osteria Antico Giardinetto is located on the street at the end of that bridge, on the left side. You will see the exterior light and flowers outside the restaurant's entrance.

Osteria Antico Giardinetto has one of the most pleasant and inviting entrances I stumbled upon in Venice. In a narrow street in the Santa Croce district, they light the exterior and place fresh flowers at the entrance. We had two wonderful dinners there in July 2007. We found the restaurant walking from the San Stae vaporetto stop to the Rialto markets.

We were pleasantly surprised to find our favorite waiter from the Fontego Ai Pescatori in Cannaregio when we went in. Alessandro has recently taken over the Antico Giardinetto and his experience shines through in the exquisite dishes he and chef Virgilio prepared for us.

The first evening we ate there, we ordered a sea bass risotto, which was light and delicate. To accompany this we had a huge assortment of grilled vegetables, almost a meal in itself! The second evening we split a tuna steak with balsamic vinegar and a tender steak cooked in a pepper and light cream sauce. Both the tuna and the steak melted in our mouths, they were delicious.

We were in Venice in July and it was very hot while we were there, so we kept the cold prosecco and white wine flowing. We also indulged in one chocolate cake split between the two of us. We were pleased to discover that they serve Caffe del Doge coffee, our favorite coffee in Venice.

I wish I would have saved the receipt, but I did not. If memory serves me correctly, for 2 people, we paid approximately 70 euros each evening. We thought it was great value for delicious food, extremely kind service and a lovely atmosphere sitting on an outdoor patio. If we would have been in Venice longer, we would have definitely returned for another meal. On our next visit to Venice we will definitely make our way to this restaurant again!

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