What a great place!
We went here after a recommendation but without a reservation for our last night in Venice. We were ushered into a small back room and to a table for 2, the room lined with bottles and a gentle buzz of local guests. The waiter was very helpful and we launched into a local prosecco at his suggestion. Wine was available either by bottle or by the glass and they offered to provide a glass of anything they had in the restaurant should you so wish. The range of local wines was extensive and interesting. Prices for food and wine were also very reasonable - and given the quality which we were to receive are outstanding.
We had just begun our starters when the table next to us was occupied by what looked to be a visiting football club on a night out. They were clearly regular visitors and knew a good place when they see it, but were also unreserved about their singing and chanting. We could have felt unwelcome at this point but both the staff and the group were very charming and we were quickly welcomed into the spirit of things - literally as they plied us with a good selection of what they were drinking. Discovering it was a special occasion for us they were even more welcoming and we haven't enjoyed an evening as much as this one in many years. Even the challenges of watching a stream of "experts" trying to mend the new air conditioning became part of the experience and the sight of one of their football guests holding aloft a glass bowl to catch the drips in one hand and a glass of wine in the other - for about ten minutes - will live in my memory for some time.
The food was excellent - local specialities abound - and everything was beautifully prepared and delivered enthusiastically by attentive staff. The host - Mauro - couldn't have been nicer and more apologetic for any possible inconvenience.
Our only sadness is that we didn't understand most of the songs and chants - possibly as we were told they didn't translate well but that was certainly just good manners!
One of the best evenings we can remember, being completely adopted by the staff and guests in this excellent establishment. Dont miss a chance to go here - we will certainly go back - possibly visiting Venice again just to see what it's like next time!
Mauro and team, thank you for a great occasion.
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