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Cannaregio: Osteria Ca’ d’Oro alla VedovaCalle del Pistor 3912 , Phone: 041.5285324
Closing day: Tuesday
Reviewed by: Joseph from USA, review #3441
Our worst experience during a five-week trip. Possibly ever in Italy.
Something drastic must have happened between the time this restaurant received rave reviews in a variety of publications and our visit in April 2010.
The restaurant appeared to be crowded as we entered at about 9 p.m. on a weekday. At first we were told reservations were required, and were turned away. The place did seem to be full (however it is VERY small). As we started to leave, we were called back and offered a tiny table for two virtually in the entrance. When we turned that down and started to leave again, we were offered seats at a nice table set for four, and we gratefully accepted.
A quick glance at the menu told me that no credit cards would be accepted, so I got up and apologized for the trouble, because I knew I was short of cash. I was told, "No problem, there's an ATM just around the corner." As I turned to leave for the ATM, I was urged, "Sit and take care of it after your meal." Wow! An attractive, small restaurant; highly recommended by knowledgeable travelers; and they actually trust me to return to pay the bill AFTER I eat! A home run!
Unfortunately, here ended the best part of our experience at Alla Vedova. The food (at least the part of our order we ever received) was overly spiced and salty. Courses appeared out of order or not at all - after extremely long waits in between. The table service was appalling: I have never had an Italian waiter return to my table after 30 minutes trying to decipher his own writing, not sure of what he had written. Lastly (and this is not a deal-breaker by itself), but I also dislike being served dinner by someone who looks like he's been living in the same street clothes for the past 72 hours.
I finally cut the evening short, paid for the portion of my order I had been served up to that point with the cash I had on hand, and politely left. As for the "full house"? The empty tables that had been "reserved" when we entered remained empty the entire time we were there.
Is the restaurant under new ownership? Did a temperamental chef walk out in a huff just as we arrived? Was it only an off night? Maybe so. But you have only one "last night" in Venice each trip, and this one was a disaster.
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