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“Excellent meal, personal service with a plus”

Trattoria Al Gazzettino
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Ranked #62 of 1,490 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: San Marco
Reviewed 20 September 2013

On our last afternoon in Venice we decided to attend La Traviatta at Scuola Grande di San Teodoro that night, and we knew our time for dining would be short, but we wanted a special place for a special dinner. Trattoria al Gazzettino was just a few steps from our apartments, and it had appealed to us through the window for its cozy and homey atmosphere. I stepped in and asked a smiling gentleman (who turned out to be the owner) if the chef could prepare pasta alla puttanesca, a favorite dish of mine which Cheryl had never tried, and he without hesitation replied in the affirmative. We told him we would be back, and went on to continue our final souvenir shopping. Upon our return a couple hours later, he beamed at us in recognition, ushered us with a flourish to a table, and had a waiter at our side in seconds. Delicate and tasty bruschetti were immediately served as a complimentary appetizer while we selected our wine and perused the menu. We chose to share a zuppa di frutti di mare for starters, and it was delicious, with a flavorful broth and brimming with crab, mussels and sweet baby clams. Upon its completion, our puttanesca was served, and it was everything I had hoped for. Steaming pasta done to perfection, with a custom-prepared sauce of garlic, oil, tomatoes, black olives, capers and anchovies. We were stuffed, but I felt the need for a palate-cleansing refreshment, so we each had that delightful Italian confection, lemon sorbet in a frozen lemon shell, which was exactly the right choice. We took some time to converse with the affable owner and thanked him profusely for his special service, at which he produced his wife from the kitchen, and introduced her to us as his chef. It was she who had so graciously gone off-menu on a busy night to satisfy the request of two grateful guests. We thanked her and the attentive staff, and bid them all "arrividerci", for we certainly intend to revisit this charming little restaurant on next year's return to Venice.

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

This restaurant was recommended to us by the manager of the hotel we stayed at in Venice. What an amazing place. We went on Sunday for lunch. The place was packed. The service and food were outstanding! The place is run by a family. Marco and Marghretta and both work in the restaurant. We felt like we were part of the family. We could not have been treated any nicer. It was so great that we went back the next day for dinner to celebrate our last night in Venice. We met a group of Americans who were on a tour and the enjoyed their evening an dinner so much they were making plans to return for lunch the next day. This is a place one should not miss.

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2  Thank Jean O
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

it was our last night in Venice and just wanted to go to a restaurant local and nice. a venician friend of us helped us to find this amazing restaurant. ( I gotta say it was really difficult to find :D ) the people who are running that restaurant are a family, the guy taking the orders owns the place and his wife is in the kitchen :) in the menu there is a desert made by the grandma, such a cute spot, don't miss it, still not discovered by many people

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1  Thank melihcarter86
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Al Gazzettino was located right across the alley from the B&B where we were staying, so we decided to try it out on our first night. The result was very pleasing. The service was incredibly friendly, fun, and attentive and the food was excellent! In fact, eating here felt like visiting your Italian aunt: home-cooked, fresh, good portions, loud, lively, and full of love. We were in Venice for three nights and we ate there every single night.

The carbonara and the lasagne were both really good. If you're looking for a place that doesn't feel overrun by tourists and has good food, this is the place to go. If we ever go back to Venice, we'll definitely eat there again.

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4  Thank jmkincaid
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Very conveniently located between Rialto and San Marco and only a short walk from our hotel. Mario, the owner, and his entire staff were "over the top" in welcoming us as though we were regulars. The food was excellent with a very broad menu. Complimentary aperatifs and after-dinner drinks were nice surprises. We were so pleased that we returned a couple of nights later as our "farewell to Venice" parting dinner. Our travel plans for next year again take us through Venice and we'll make it a point to include Trattoria Al Gazzettino in our dining rounds.

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5  Thank Thomas P
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