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Osteria Alla Staffa

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#177 of 1,130 Italian in Venice
#142 of 1,273 Restaurants in Venice


US$9 - US$40
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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0.0 miles from Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
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Reviewed 30 October 2021

I entered this restaurant because I had seen a dispay of various filled bread slices in their outer window. It was approx. 13:20h, after midday and I was just a tiny little bit hungry and these beads was just what I was looking for. As...usually in Venice as a single traveller one will be given only the bad tables, I was sitted on a table in the busy middle gangway of this tiny restaurant. There I was informed that at this time of the day the kitchen would only produce dishes from the - of course considerably more expensive - menu. I took I cold platter and a glas of wine for 25 Euros, but I was disappointed. Why should someone put a dish in a display window and then refuse to sell and serve it? I am a hotel restaurant proffessional myself and I cannot understand why it is possible that chefs cannot put their egos aside and deliver to guests what they advetise and guests come into the restaurant in the first place. With a little bit of can-do-mentality and creativity, it would have been the easiest thing in the world to sell a nice platter with a variety of these breads to me for even more than 25 Euros! But no, instead they chose to disappoint another customer. The mentality of thinking that customers would only come once and shortsightingly wanting to extract as much money from their purse as possible, seems to be a very venetian thing.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 14 October 2021

This was our first dinner in Venice and it didn't disappoint. It was a tiny restaurant, and the staff was very friendly. We ordered the caprese salad and split the spaghetti with clams. Caprese was very large so it was perfect that we split the...pasta dish. The pasta dish was a little salty, but overall our experience here was fantastic. I would definitely go back and try other dishes.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 27 September 2021

Tables outside just for 2 persons . Even if you will find 2 free tables, stuff wont be interested to sit 6 persons togeather and you will leave as nobody is interested to have 6 tourists at the same time.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 24 July 2021 via mobile

The place was recommended by some bloggers. Although food wise it was very bad. Seafood pasta was just simple penne in sauce (not a single seafood piece!). Aperol was not tasty. Buratta salad was very salty. Price is high. Not recommended at all

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 14 July 2021

Very friendly welcome and service by the female host of the osteria. Quality of food was very good at a fair price. We had an excellent wine. I can fully recommend the black ravioli filled with sea brass and safrane sauce. Authentic Venetian cuisine.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 22 October 2020

This place was suggested by several Italian friends so I had high expectations. The osteria was very quiet on a Wednesday night. We had a fritto misto (OK nothing special), good ravioli neri with branzino, and a terrible TOO SALTED spaghetti that I had to...send back!!! I am sorry as chef and waiters were super nice but it is not acceptable! Total price for two dishes, dessert and a simple bottle of wine 40 per person. You can find better small osterias in Venice. As an Italian, I would not recommend this place. I give 3 stars only because the staff was kind and nice environment.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 18 October 2020

We stopped here for lunch and ate delicious lasagne. The recommended wine matched it perfectly. The location is quite and cozy, the service friendly.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 12 October 2020

I didn't have a reservation for lunch, but was able to be seated right away. There was only 1 waiter and 1 chef, so service may be slow. The menu had traditional Venetian meals, but also regional, and national ones. I decided to order the...3 item prix-fixe menu so I can have a variety of taste. The first part was okay, it seemed like a tuna tartine, so it wasn't that bad. The second dish, pasta with mussels/clams, was pretty good. Good seasoning and amount of mussels to feel satisfied. Those two dishes itself were filling. The third dish, the black ink cuttlefish, was also pretty good. I was scared at first, but after the first bite, you get used to it fast. It was served with polenta. I got really full, and wasn't able to eat dinner, so just a warning. It took a bit for the 3 meals, so make sure you give yourself enough time. Waiter was great, and spoke English.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 10 October 2020

Whenever we mention we're going to Venice, invariably people say, "It's expensive and the food is terrible". That's probably because they've sat in a square and chosen from a "menu turistico", the sort covered in wipe-clean plastic, badly translated into five languages, with pictures bearing...little resemblance to the frozen pizza or lasagne that eventually arrives. Osteria alla Staffa belongs to a different league of eateries that are part of the Italian "slow cooking" movement, where proper ingredients are served up with imagination and passion, to create a lovely dining experience. Come here and try the spaghetti with pistachio pesto and red shrimps, or the ravioli with hazelnuts and sage butter, and you will not be disappointed. Their wine selection is comprehensive. The welcome is friendly, the service is courteous, and the outlay modest.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 14 September 2020

We have been to Alla Staffa before, It was great. During our stay in Venice for the weekend, we have decided to go again. 5 persons, after a whole day exploring Venice. But this time It was far under the level we use to know...from before. The Spaghetti con vongole has been average. On the other side, the meat was overcooked. Actually nobody has asked us how do we want it prepared. Yes, we should make a complaint immediately, but we did not. We were in some kind of shock. How this can happen in such good restaurant. Maybe it was just a bad day for the cook. Do not know, but this should not happen. Hopefully next time it will be better.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Response from Sandra H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I haven’t been on Facebook for sometime but yes, they will not only serve it without sauce, they will cook to your liking, they are very helpful
20 December 2016|
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Response from jimmy_vella | Reviewed this property |
Hey! I think you're mistaking me for the owner, which I am not,. I am just a reviewer :)
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Response from kingmajid | Reviewed this property |
Google the name and phone number showed up. I called using Skype on the morning of the day and got s table. If you don't like fishy food order the fried assorted seafood and meat selection. Good luck
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Osteria Alla Staffa is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5