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Cannaregio: Tre Spiedi

Salizzada San Canciano 5906 , Phone: 041-520-8035

Closing day: Sunday dinner, all day Monday

Reviewed by: Monica Pileggi from USA, review #3511

When: 2010

Reliable place for lunch or dinner in Venice.

Seafood Pasta, photo by Monica J. Pileggi

This is another restaurant I’ve been to in the past. For my recent trip (7 nights in Venice, June 2010), I dined here three times:

Lunch: Spinach stuffed tortellini with a cheese sauce and fresh spinach. (13 euros.)

Dinner: I was served a glass of spritz, which is made of wine and martini rossi. I had the carpaccio, ever so thinly sliced, that had thick slices of Parmesan cheese and truffle oil on top. It was a deliciously large portion but I finished all of it! Next I had spaghetti with mixed seafood-clams, calamari, shrimps, etc. It was with a red sauce but very light in flavor. With 1/4 liter of red wine, dinner came to 28.56 euros.

Dinner: I had a delicious bowl of mussels and clams in a light red sauce (zuppa di cozzi e vongole), and then a pork cutlet with potatoes. The water treated me to a shot of cold limoncello. Yum! With ¼ liter of wine, the bill was 32 euros.

For both dinners, I was served a plate of cookies for dessert.

Reviewed by: cindylearuth from AK, review #2745

When: 2007

Hard to find, but worth it. Great atmosphere, and good food. Would definitely recommend.

We didn't have reservations and decided to try to get in anyway. It was probably 10pm when we got to the restaurant. We tried to follow directions we had, but couldn't find it, and shortly after we gave up, we stumbled upon it. They seated us without a reservation. The place was full, and it is very small inside. There was a mix of nationalities there.

For the two of us, our total was 67 euro. We had Tagliatelle Funghi (6 euro) and Gnocchi Quattro Formaggio(9 euro) for primi. Both were excellent, but very rich and we could have stopped eating at that point. But we had also ordered Scaloppina w/ Marsala Sauce (11 euro), which I didn't find as good, and Tagliato Manzo (16 euro), which was wonderful. Cubes of beef, lots of rosemary, nice sauce. Would recommend that dish to everyone. Also had an order of patate fritte (4 euro) and a bottle of the house white wine (12 euro). The house white was very nice. Water was 3 euro, and coperto was 3 euro. This is a restaurant that I would most certainly eat at again.

Reviewed by: Zak from Italy, review #1277

When: 2005

The best value in central Venice, a pleasant setting and an appetizing meal in this small, casually elegant trattoria with reasonably priced fresh seafood menu.

Directions: From Rialto on San Marco side of bridge, walk straight ahead to Campo San Bartolomeo and turn left, passing post office, Coin department store, and San Crisostomo; cross first bridge after church, turn right onto Salizzada San Cazian.

Tre Spiedi is a rustic trattoria with a good homey feel and sturdy wooden tables and chairs in 2 connected rooms, about 20 tables total. Reservations are a must. Clients were a mix of locals and tourists all having a wonderful meal together. Service is by two middle-aged fellows who seem to have done this for a lifetime. You get proper attention and sincere advice, but they don’t hover over you nor try to rush you out.

We had a mixed seafood antipasto each, it was fresh, plentiful and delicious, then we shared a few pasta courses; they had ravioli and gnocchi as specials. We followed with second courses of fabulous seafood, again the daily special that was “capersante”, scallops that were lightly breaded and gratinated, and then platters of mixed grilled fish and a “fritto misto” of calamari and shrimp. We chose steamed whole artichokes for vegetables since they were in season. Ask your waiter to recommend what is the best for the day/evening. Meat dishes are also on the menu, but in Venice I prefer to eat seafood. The restaurant has a good house wine; it’s a local white, clean and light, and perfect for the seafood we had.

The bill for 4 people was only €100, and is absolutely the best deal in Venice. We easily spent twice as much in other places and never had food this good in such a pleasant atmosphere. I cannot wait to go back!

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