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“Good, but not a michelin 1 star experience.”
Review of Il Ridotto

Il Ridotto
Ranked #98 of 1,470 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Castello
Reviewed 30 May 2014

I was excited to eat here after reading the reviews, but we were really disappointed. It is a small restaurant with casual yet refined feel, which we liked, but the food was only good, not great, and the service could have been more attentive (there were more than a few moments when our glasses were empty).

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Three years ago, we went already to this place. He hadn't yet a Michelin star at that moment. In my comment on Tripadvisor, I was not enthousiastic. Of course, this year, with the star, I was curious about the evolution of their kitchen. And I must admit, they have made it!!
Take the menu "Mare e Terra" and taste the great and fine kitchen of the friendly chef.
Don't forget to do a reservation, because there is not very much place inside.
We will certainly come back on a future Venice trip.

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1  Thank lucasgaver
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Il Ridotto is located just behind the sumptuous St. Mark's Basilica in gorgeous Venice. This trendy spot just received its first vaunted Michelin Star this year and we have a feeling another one is on its way soon. The restaurant’s light brick walls imbue a rustic ambiance with a modern chic décor seating 24 inside. The warm, humble and camera-shy Chef Gianni Bonaccorsi greeted us with such an amiable and enchanting smile. Riccardo was our meticulous and handsome sever who kept us wanting for nothing all afternoon.

One of our favorite facets of this restaurant is that it is very affordable. They have lunch special where one can eat three tapas, one main and a mineral water for only 28 Euros! That is one of the best deals you will EVER find at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Almost all of the dishes are either 25 or 30 Euros and nothing is more than 35 Euros. There is also a 5-course tasting menu for only 70 Euros. These are insanely reasonable prices for a restaurant of this caliber.

The opening bread basket had wonderful toasted bread that was thicker than Texas Toast as well as addictive runway model (long and skinny) bread sticks that were served with sterling Sicilian olive oil, which was perfect for dippage.

We started off our feast with the Pea Soup with Mussels, Clams, Langoustine and Bread that was utterly superb. It was so smooth yet bursting with the deep complexity of the diverse seafood flavors.

During our whirlwind culinary adventure throughout Italy, we found dishes that were so beautifully crafted, they should have their own exhibit in a museum. The Sardine Sandwich with "Panzanella" Vegetable served with Ricotta cheese and Candied Capers was one of these resplendent masterpieces. This inside-out sardine sandwich with sweet popped rice cake was such a delight to gaze upon and indulge. The multiple colors of pepper purees added a radiant complexion to this stunning dish. All the different textures and seasonings swirled around in our mouths in an enrapturing fashion.

The Rabbit Bon-Bon with Potatoes Mille-Feuille and Artichokes was simply divine. The rabbit had a deliciously succulent and uniquely sirenic flavor. It had a dark meat chicken like texture with an enhanced and gratifying taste. The potato mille-feuille was an original, exquisite and trippy composition of very thin potato sheets combined into one potato cube. It had an onion like consistency that was so tasty.

The "Caciucco" Fish Soup with Diverse Pastas and Lime Essence was personally brought out by Chef Gianni and he told us it was dedicated to Miami. Twas such a bountiful, delightful and soothing soup; every bite had velvety succulent seafood and pasta in it. The essence of lime flavor in it satiated our palates like few other soups ever had. There were mussels, fish, various types of pastas and even roasted potatoes in it. Chef Gianni told us that the dish is hot, diverse and close to the sea, which is reminiscent of Miami.

The Black Spaghetti, Sea-urchins, Cress and Candied Peppers was another exquisite looking plate. It appeared as if the kitchen had an artist on staff, meticulously plating the pasta for the ultimate aesthetic appearance. The candied peppers were a flavorful addition to the seductive pasta. Chef Gianni inventively thin sliced a scallion into both the appearance and texture of pasta.

The Lamb Hamburger with Red Curry and Vegetables Mayonnaise was an immaculately juicy diminutive burger that splendidly integrated rosemary with a spicy curry sauce. The purple you see in the photo is a cabbage that the Chef innovatively turned into a delicious and healthy potato chip.

For dessert we had the Pistachios with Pistachios Bavarian Cream and Tangerine Gel. The Sicilian orange peel was candied which gave the dish a tantalizing mandarin scent. It was a dessert that deftly combined sweet, salty and tart through a myriad of different textures all into one bite. It was an inventive treat and a great way to cap off a truly stellar meal.

Though Chef Gianni is a man of very few words, he mentioned his inspiration always begins with the vegetables, which permeate throughout all of his dishes. Most diners overlook the pertinence of veggies but most of the spices and flavors that we crave actually stem from them. He calls himself not an artist, but a culinary craftsman. When asked how it felt to receive the cherished Michelin Star that most chefs would literally kill for, with a humble and almost embarrassed smile he simply answered, “it felt good.” His exalted cuisine combines flavors from all around the globe to create a new interpretation of old school Venetian cuisine making him one of the finest culinary craftsmen we have encountered and we applaud him.

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1  Thank ariko33
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

My wife and I reserved a table on 12th May 2014 having researched what we hoped would be the dining highlight of a three night visit to Venice. We were not disappointed. We loved the decor and the friendly greeting. Our waiter took time to explain the various options and we chose the fish and meat tasting menu and left the choice of accompanying wines to him. We got off to a great start with a very dry glass of prosecco and a superb amuse bouche. I am not a food expert - but I know what I like to eat and all the dishes were accompanied by "that's lovely." Quantities were perfect and the service friendly and well paced. Loved everything about this place and it compares favourably to the one star Michelin restaurants we have dined at. For Venice we thought the cost was good value for money and having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We recommend Il Ridotto and would eat here again if we return to Venice.

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Enjoyed our meal in Il Ridotto very much. Did not realise when booking it that it was a Michelan Star Restaurant. The food is much more refined here, so not your typical Italian fare. It was very good food, service was professional, but maybe a bit lacking in atmosphere, a little bit too formal. Waiters can be professional but friendly at the same time!! One odd thing, was that at our table there was a shelf (indent?) in the wall on the side above our heads, and other tables wine was put there. It meant that each time their glasses were refilled the waiter reached behind my head but to the side of me to get the bottle. Therefore I could see his hand by my head as the bottle was taken away and then put back. Most strange and a bit annoying!!!

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