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Guidecca: Ristorante Mistra

Giudecca 212A

Reviewed by: caplanco from CO, review #2198

When: 2006

It's a pleasant change of scene to have lunch on Giudecca and Mistra is the place to go. Besides good food, it is on the second floor with views of the lagoon.

Lunch for 2 with wine €97.

At noon we headed for Giudecca and our lunch reservation at Mistra at 1:00. Michael thought leaving from the Zattere stop at 12:30 would be fine, but I think he forgot about waiting for the vaparetto, getting lost, etc. In fact the first vaparetto was too full and we had to wait for the second one. It is only a short ride across the wide canal.

When we got off there was still some alta aqua to jump through. We thought we were going the right way - Giudecca is not that big - but we wound up at the local boat club where a hundred or so folks were having a picnic. We could see the stairway going up to Mistra from the boat club, but had to go back and around to get there. We retraced our steps and followed signs, through a boatyard, up the outside staircase to Mistra.

Our table was overlooking the water which sparkled in the sun. When we sat down, the first dishes of our antipasti was already on the table: smoked salmon, small balls of marinated mozzarella, sardines in lemon, anchovies on grilled fennel, lightly marinated mushrooms. The waiter brought spritzes (prosecco and campari) and explained what food he would be bringing next. When I said “no” to stockfish and polenta, it was substituted with an omelet with sea bass shreds in it, which I thought was very nice of them to do. The waiter then brought a basket of lovely toast and thinly sliced bread, and a basket of lightly battered and fried zucchini.

We had a bottle of Ruggeri prosecco which I really liked, along with a primi of tagliatelle with mussels which was brought to the table and split for us to share.

The secondo was a whole dorado baked with thinly sliced potatoes and zucchini, pieces of red pepper, and tiny Nicoise olives, all of which were almost carmelized and very delicious. The waiter boned and filleted the fish beautifully at the table - it was a pleasure to watch - and even better to eat.

We finished with caffe (nice thing about having lunch out rather than dinner) and were brought a plate of cookies. Limoncello (which I do not like) and very potent grappa were brought with the bill.

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