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Cannaregio: Vini da Gigio

Cannaregio 3628 , Phone: 39 041 5285140
Closing day: Monday and Tuesday

Reviewed by: Susie L from CA, review #3879

When: 2012

Warm and welcoming restaurant, serving not only wonderful seafood, but meats as well. Amazing wine list.

Directions: Closest vaparetto stop is Ca' D'Oro. Turn left on the Strada Nova, cross one bridge and take the 1st right on the Fondamenta d. la Chiesa.

We have eaten here a number of times, most lately in January of 2012. Every meal has been wonderful.

Not only do they serve excellent seafood, but meats as well. This is one of our favorite places to eat on Sunday, when the Rialto fish market is closed and we decide to eat meat instead. Pastas and gnocchi are excellent and the wine list is amazing. Don't feel intimidated by the list though, they offer up some very reasonably priced house bottles.

I still dream about the deep fried soft shelled crabs they managed to get ahold of one day...

For an antipasto (usually split between the two of us), two primi, two secondi, a bottle of house wine, dessert, coffee, grappa and water, our bill is typically around 100 to 125 euros.

Reservations recommended.

Reviewed by: AlliK from DC, review #1291

When: 2005

Great dinner in a warm atmosphere.

Directions: Ca' d'Oro vaporetto stop

We decided to eat at Vini da Gigio based on some online reviews and the Bon Appetit magazine mention. We reserved in advance online through their website.

Our meal included sarde in saor; a very good sized portion with some white polenta on the side, and an antipasto di verdure to start. We skipped pasta and went straight to the secondi with a grilled branzino and an excellent fritto misto di mare, which included small scallops (very sweet sweet), shrimp, calamari, baby octopus, and little fishes. We drank three quarters of a liter of Tocai, and didn't have any room left for dessert. This meal, at 75 euros for 2, was the priciest of our 10 day trip, but still enjoyable.

There may be better values in Venice, but this place still gets our recommendation for the good food, very friendly service, and cozy atmosphere.

Reviewed by: KenC from MA, review #922

When: 2004

A wonderful seafood restaurant in the Cannaregio section of Venice. Highly recommended!

This place was buzzing with good cheer and filled with locals when we got there — a good sign.

Our waitress suggested fried crab for me and my wife ordered a pasta dish for starters. We also enjoyed two second courses and a half bottle of house red. After dinner we ordered two desserts and a couple of cappuccini. This was followed by two Sgroppinos —after dinner drinks made with lemon sorbet, vodka, and prosecco. If you haven’t tried this concoction in Venice, you must! They were so good.

We had the best time at Vini Da Gigio; a fun place. The tab for this wonderful dinner was €106.50. We would definitely go back there again!

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