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Report 1968: A Month in Venice

By BJinNM from New Mexico, Fall 2011

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Page 27 of 28: November 3, 2011 Last Day

photo by Alan Firestone

Medical Transport Venetian Style

We spent the morning packing (Ugh!) and Alan went around the corner and picked up some olive foccacio for lunch. We were supposed to meet Nan at five and still had a couple of errands to do, so left earlier than that. Of course, it was before 4 o'clock so the stores we wanted to go to were closed for lunch. We decided to walk some of the streets of Cannaregio that we hadn't explored and really found a lot to see. There are whole sections of that sestiere (our home sestiere) that we haven't seen, so we have another wonderful reason to come back.

We met with Nan for a glass of wine and a final goodbye and then went back to the apartment for final packing duties. We had an early (7pm) reservation at Ostaria da Simson. We had passed it almost everyday and Shannon from SlowTrav had asked us to go there and check it out, but we never had a chance until that last night. I must say that I wish we would have gone sooner because we would have gone more than once! It is a very small place (16 seats) and is run by two young men who have a very high energy level. The place is wide open so you can watch the cooking going on and the neighborhood men coming in for a glass of wine to drink outside and the serving of everyone's food. The meal was wonderful. The restaurant serves Venetian dishes but with a modern twist and has an extensive wine list, all available by the glass. We started with marinated salmon with sliced apples and cranberries which was so good I could have eaten two or three plates. We noticed that the other appetizers were huge so if you eat there, that course might be good to split. I then had pasta with gamberini which was excellent and filled with already shelled gamberini and some in the shell. Alan had branzino which was outstanding. There was also a duck breast dish that others at the restaurant were eating and which looked great. We split a pumpkin mousse for dessert and it was amazing. After eating out once a day for a month in Venice, Ostaria da Simson was quite a find because the food and cooking were different enough to make it very interesting.

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