My traveling companions and I stumbled upon this place by complete chance on our last full day in Venice. We had taken the vaporetto through the Grand Canal to get some pictures of the sights and by the time we got off at Campo San Marcuola, we all needed a bathroom and a cold drink. Trattoria Le Campane was the first restaurant that we ran into that looked acceptable. Out front they advertised an outdoor seating courtyard and we couldn't pass it up.
The food was exquisite; truly Italian flavor at its finest. Simple. Uncomplicated. We ordered the spaghetti with clam sauce, the gnocchi with shrimp, and the tagiatelle alla panna e prosciutto. Our waitress, who was old enough to be our mother, didn't speak any English, but treated us like family. She brought us fresh cracked pepper, but only for gnocchi and spaghetti, she explained. She brought parmesan, but was sure to tell us that was only for the tagiatelle (putting cheese on a seafood dish in Italy is sacrilege). Nothing was overly fancy or complex. The pastas were perfectly cooked and flavored, and not drowned in sauce. Our drinks were cold; we were even provided extra ice.
It's worth noting here that the three of us are self-professed DC foodies and all great cooks. And I'm Italian. It's also worth noting that we were the only non-Italians dining in the restaurant. If the locals like it, it's worth a trip. This place was a little slice of heaven. If it hadn't been our last day, we would have been back!
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