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Cannaregio: Osteria da Alberto

Calle Giacinto Gallina , Phone: 041 5238153

Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: Robert Rainey from CA, review #3572

When: 2010

Good but not as good as we remember

Directions: Near Giovanni e Paolo church

This is an update of my previous review from 2008. Then it was one of our favorite restaurants. It is still good but it wasn't a standout.

I am not sure if we just hit a bad day but at this point I am a little unsure. If it has declined and the food we had was typical then I would not go out of the way to eat here. Nothing wrong just average food, an average experience.

Reviewed by: Monica Pileggi from USA, review #3509

When: 2010

Reliable place for lunch or dinner.

Pasta with clams, photo by Monica J. Pileggi

I’ve dined here on previous trips to Venice. It’s a reliable place for lunch (or dinner). I arrived in the late afternoon and there were only a few customers in the two rooms. I was glad they were still open.

I had an excellent dish of pasta with clams in a garlic/oil sauce (15 euros). The clams were fresh and the pasta cooked just right. I love small restaurants, as the walls and ceiling are usually filled with old photos, pitchers, and other trinkets. Behind me were shelves with large vats of wine. While having lunch, I talked with the woman at the table next to me (tables are set close together). It turned out she was one of three women I was planning to meet for dinner that night. We met online on the Slow Talk get together boards. Small world!

Reviewed by: BJinNM from NM, review #3148

When: 2008

This was one of our favorite two restaurants in Venice.

Directions: From the Chiesa d. Miracoli walk towards the Chiesa SS Giovanni e Paolo.

We really loved this restaurant. The tables are close together and may even be shared with others but the kitchen turns out wonderful food.

We started by splitting an octopus salad and followed this by a risotto di pesce (for two). Both of these were delicious and full of seafood. We then split the special which was manzo with rosemary, a salada mista, and a lemon torte with pine nuts. The food was excellent, the service was excellent and very friendly and we only wish we would have had time to go again.

The bill came to 67€ including wine, water, and bread for the two of us. A really great place to eat in Venice.

Reviewed by: Robert Rainey from CA, review #3042

When: 2008

Fabulous we went here four times on our 2008 trip!

Directions: Near the Hospital

My favorite place in Venice proper. Great value for money. We never spent 60 euro including wine for the two of us and I eat a lot. On our various trips we had mostly seafood.

Tagliatele al Palombo, spagetti cazze, vongole etc. Risotto with shrimp was a little more wet than I prefer but good.

I also had an excellent filet of beef. Nice comfortable unstuffy setting.

Fresh vegetables grilled, salads. Open a branch in my home town I'll go here at least once a week!

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #1851

When: 2006

Small osteria serving good food in a comfortable atmosphere.

Chow!Venice book displayed in front window!, photo by Colleen

Four of us had lunch here one day, ordering the "menu del giorno."

Everything was good, but the steak was outstanding!! It was large beef cubes fried in olive oil ... which doesn't sound all that great, but trust me - it was delicious! Incredibly tender and flavorful. It was kind of expensive - €18 - but worth it. The menu del giorno was €12 each (I think), but two of us had the steak which upped the bill. With a liter of house wine and bottled water, the total for four came to about €80.

Reviewed by: Moriba Jah from US, review #1485

When: 2004

We had no reservations, had a 2 year old, and they were fine with accommodating us for a few hours. It was THE best food we had during our Italy trip!

Directions: From the campo behind the Chiesa di Miracoli, head toward Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo. Da Alberto is on the right.

My son, Denali, enjoying the Osteria da Alberto!, photo by

It was in the early evening. We came around a corner and there it was. Rick Steves had it in his book. So, we took the chance, and it was the best decision that we made in Venice. Prices were comparable to what is listed in other reviews here. The people were extremely friendly. I would go back to Venice just to go back to Osteria da Alberto!

Reviewed by: AnnieNC from NC, review #1000

When: 2004

Great food at reasonable prices.

Directions: From the campo behind the Chiesa di Miracoli, head toward Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo. Da Alberto is on your right.

I love this restaurant – I ate here twice in May 2004, both times for lunch. It has a nice dining room where I felt completely comfortable eating alone, and the staff were very nice and helpful.

The food is great and very reasonably priced. The first time I had one of the specials – gnocchi with zucchini and shrimp – very good! The next time I ordered the spaghetti with clams off the menu. The clams were the tiny delicious ones and the dish was tossed with olive oil, garlic and spices – also very good. Both times I had a green salad, water, house wine and the bill was about €15-20.

Reviewed by: Lorac from NY, review #775

When: 2004

We arrived early but without a reservation. They were more than happy to accommodate us if we could finish our dinner within two hours!

Directions: From the campo behind the Chiesa di Miracoli, head toward Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo. Da Alberto is on your right.

Of course, this was not a problem for us since we were exhausted from our first day of getting lost in Venice.

There were many locals eating here. We had a great seafood risotto and a very tender and delicious filet of beef with rosemary with an arugula and tomato salad. Why we ordered a house wine, I’ll never know and it was not very good. But we had a very good meal and were very thankful that they found a table for us. The waitresses were very sweet and attentive.

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #718

When: 2002

Small osteria with good food, reasonable prices, and attentive service.

Directions: From the campo behind the Chiesa di Miracoli, head toward Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo. Da Alberto is on your right.

My friend Shannon and I arrived early enough for dinner that we could slip in without reservations, but this small osteria was booked full for the rest of the evening.

We shared a tasty fried veggie appetizer, and I had their meat special - a thick beefsteak covered with a wonderfully rich gorgonzola sauce. Oh, yum! I also had fried potatoes and a large side salad. We shared a 1/2 liter of house red wine and a large bottle of mineral water. Dinner total for two: €40.50

Reviewed by: Sheila from MD, review #352

When: 2000

Good food, authentic.

Directions: Vaporetto: Rialto

Well-known bacaro/osteria off the usual tourist track. Lots of locals. Good food; good prosecco. Reasonable. Open 9am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm.

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