At first glance, the Michelin and Tripadvisor ratings on the window and non traditional items on the menu lured us in to this restaurant. (If you've travelled to Venice you understand that just about every restaurant serves spaghetti with clams, spaghetti with squid ink, lasagne and/or pasta ragu..so we were a little bit eager to try something new).
As a result, we opted to order fried squid and a seasonal artichoke as an appetizer as well as Fish Risotto for 2 (main entree). Prior to our meals, we were served a small plate of bread and tarallis, which appeared to be homemade. We requested some Olive oil for the bread and was served a small plate of Olive oil as opposed to the bottle being brought to our table.
After enjoying the bread, our appetizers were received. As we finished the appetizers, I noticed a finely cured piece of ham leg (known as prosciutto). We asked the waiter about this and he asked us if we'd like to try it..of course we said yes but "trying" in Italy means ordering the dish and we quickly found out that we would receive 1/4 lb of prosciutto. Not bad but nothing special.
The fried squid was decent, the seasonal artichoke was ok but very bitter (This was explained to us but we wanted to try the first seasonal harvest of the artichoke). Then our main entree was received. The risotto was average at best, a bit chewy, missing the quantity of fish I expected and was a very small portion (This barely fed 2 of us).
Throughout the meal, our waiter did not ask how we enjoyed the meal, did not refill our water or asked if there is anything he can get us. It was strictly business of delivering the food and then off to the next table. I did not feel that my business was wanted or needed or did not feel as if I was coming into a Michelin rated restaurant. At the end of the meal we received the check, which included a very steep cover charge (coperto) of 5€ per person (not worth it), of course the food items but then we saw an additional charge for Olive oil. That's right, we were charged for Olive oil. We asked the waiter if this charge was really intended to be on the bill and they said they only use the finest Olive oil and need to recoup costs. Not only have I never been charged for Olive oil in a restaurant in my life, the waiter never mentioned the additional cost for this. He made no attempt to remove this cost and just charged the credit card and said the full amount was due.
Venice had tons of restaurants and many local places to have a wonderful food experience. Unfortunately, this was not one of them.
GooglePlace - April 2017
Michael Procaccio II
Good food, nice location. They also had a good flow to dinner, you weren't there for over 2 hours for dinner
GooglePlace - May 2016