A Long Weekend at La Serenissima
|A sneaky peek at one of the nicest rooms as it was being cleaned|
For antipasti we ordered a small platter of Deep Fried Baby Razor Clams €16 which was delicious and crispy, and perfectly accompanied the bottle of Prosecco with which we started.
Of all the meals we had in Venice, Vini da Gigio was by far the best. I would very happily return and I thoroughly recommend Vini da Gigio (Cannaregio 3628A, Fondamenta San Felice, Vaporetto Ca' d'Oro, 041 528 5140/fax 041 522 8597). It is not a budget restaurant though, a 2 course meal will cost around €30 per person excluding drinks.
Another restaurant that we tried to get into was La Zucca but unfortunately it was booked up for all the evenings that we were there (Calle del Tintor, Sestiere Santa Croce, 1762, 30135 Venice, Italy, +39 (041)-524-1570, www.lazucca.it/).
Having visited many of the sites on previous visits, we decided to spend a very leisurely weekend walking, island hopping and eating. One fantastic new discovery this time round was Gelateria Grom. Now, we all know that artisan Italian ice creams (gelati artigianali) are some of the best in the world but the ice cream I had at Grom can only be described as the best I have ever had.
One of the most enjoyable things to do in Italy in my opinion is to have coffee and cake at some of the many Pasticcerie (patisseries/cake shops). Like the cuisine, each region of Italy will also have their own cakes and snacks and there is no better way to discover this than visiting the local pasticceria.
In Venice, I saw a small circular pastry (called pizzeta) with a rich tomato sauce, cheese and anchovies being served at nearly every cafe. The pizzeta was served warm and was delicious with either a strong cup of Italian coffee or an Aperol Spritz, a local cocktail of Aperol, Prosecco and a dash of soda water.
The London Foodie was a guest of Palazzo Abadessa