TALIA & BRUCE DINE IN VENICE
Rio Tera' SS Apostoli 4624 -
Venezia - Italia
One can arrange ones travels in Italy in any number of
waysby regional cuisine, by favorite geographic features, etc.
Our travels began in Baveno, on Lago Maggiore, continued in Bellagio on
Lago di Como, and concluded in Venice.
While we had several memorable meals (and wines) in each locale our
favorite dining spot became Il Sole Sulla Vecia Cavana in Venice. This restaurant is off
the tourist circuit, located in the Cannaregio, where many native Venetians
live, shop, and dine. The
neighborhood is still close enough to the Rialto Bridge to make your journey an
interesting and rewarding trek through the winding streets of Venice.
were told that cavana is a place where gondolas are parked, a sort of
water garage. The site of this restaurant is purported to have been such a
place during the Middle Ages.
upon entering the restaurant, when one takes in the brick arches and stone
columns, one can readily envision that the place long ago served as a corner
garage for water taxis. That
youll be taking in an amazing mealrather than queuing up for a gondola
ridebecomes more apparent when you consider the terracotta floors and the
warmth of the rich, mustard-colored walls.
We found it to be a refined, contemporary, quiet, and romantic spota
perfect venue in which to enjoy an incredible meal and reflect on the days
adventures in Venice. With its
ample windows and corner location, one never loses sight of where you arein
the heart of perhaps the most historic and enchanted of Italian citiesas the
locals pass by.
both visits, we received extraordinary attention from Angela and Fabrizio,
a newlywed couple (hes from Venice, shes from Sicily, they met while in
London a romantic story so typical of Europe!) who truly enjoy their work
and take particular pride in providing outstanding service. Perhaps the level of care and attention we received was in
part due to Angelas mistaken (but flattering) belief that I was a native of
Rome. This notion was rapidly
dispelled as she began to welcome me in rapid Italian and I blankly stared back
mental notelearn Italian before next visit!
Perhaps because we made reservations for our first meal through our
hotel concierge, we somehow became the focus of attention for Stefano Monti,
owner and resident wine expert. Stefano
graciously provided us with meticulously detailed wine recommendations, blended
with a style of warm hospitality one rarely finds in this day of hurry up
menu at Il Sole Sulla Vecia Cavana
focuses on local seafooda mixed grill from the nearby Adriatic, fried scampi,
fresh sole, squid, a variety of risotto, and spicy zuppa di pesce.
Everything we tried was made using fresh fish purchased earlier in the
day from the local fish market. This
market has been in operation, in its current form and location, for the past 600
years. The market is open to the
public each morning beginning at sunrise, and anyone curious enough to view in
fresh (raw) form what will be served at the local restaurants later in the day
need only to pay a visit. Be
forewarnedwhat you see is what youll get.
first meal there began with the zuppa di pesce and the piccolo fritto
di calamari e gamberetti (deep-fried calamari and shrimp).
We followed with the risotto al basilico e capesante saltate
(risotto with basil and sauted scallops).
This was by far my favorite risotto of the trip (my research was
conducted quite thoroughly!). Next up was the farfalle allo zafferano, rucola e scampi
(bowtie pasta with shrimp,
arugula and saffron sauce). Our
perfect meal then concluded with the perfect dessert: a coffee mousse with
chocolate and white chocolate sauces, accompanied by Drambuie.
Our wine for this meal, recommended by Stefano, and which we thoroughly
enjoyed, was a 1999 Jermann Capo Martino.
we enjoyed this meal, the people, and the atmosphere so incredibly, we decided
to make our last night in Veniceand Italy, at least for this tripbegin
with a repeat performance at Il
Sole Sulla Vecia Cavana.
Copyright ę 1999
WEIMAX January 23, 2019