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“Nice outstanding place to dine after the Vivaldi concerto in La Pieta'”
Review of Al Vecio Portal

Al Vecio Portal
Ranked #133 of 1,466 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Castello
Reviewed 5 July 2012

We were recommended to this restaurant by a nice lady owner of one of the souvenir shops in Rua Schiavoni. I asked here where she would bring her daughter to eat some good pasta around there. The place is in a back street between San Zacaria and Arsenale boat stops, to the East of chiesa de la Pieta, easy to spot. The place is indeed where locals would go to flavor a good dinner as most of the people when we arrived were local. They have a patio area which is more appealing than the tables on front. Don't be shy and ask to be seated there. They make it more comfortable than in front by adding fans and a small water fountain so the moist heat of Venice does not impede you from flavoring a delicious pasta or fish. The service is impeccable, our waiter was very complacent explaining the dishes and adjusting to our requests. They even gave us free bellinies and an eggplant antipasto to get in gear. The menu is in various languages and quite varied, everything is at reasonable prices but they specialize in fish dishes (remember there are no cows in Venice). Us 4 spent less than 100 euro for full meals including a bottle of chianti reserva ducale and homemade gielato for desert. Cover charge was tiny at 2e pp, and 4-course menu starts at ~18e. Would gladly dine there again, especially after that wonderful Vivaldi concert we saw at chiesa La Pieta. One thing - if planning to dine in this zone late at night, better reserve ahead of time since the area typically starts to close down by 10pm. We were the last ones out at 11pm Saturday. Perhaps was it because Italy lost to Spain that night in soccer.

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Reviewed 4 July 2012

Our hotel recommended this restaurant and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious and two in our party said the Venetian sardines were incredible! Service was outstanding....very attentive without being intrusive. We ate in the beautiful backyard patio area which was very relaxing. All in all a fabulous dinner topped off with some Grappa!

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Reviewed 30 June 2012

We were recommended this restaurant by the owners of the Tenuta Sontome winery in Biancade (see the Specialty Accomodations for Roncade and stay there too) and we were not dissapointed. The restaurant has a high percentage of locals that want to taste the excellent fish specialties. I had the best Sarde e Soar at this restaurant, followed by Branzino.

The owner knew that we were had just come from Tenuta Santome and the special service we received was gratifying! The food preparation, service, location (for those near San Marco), wine selection and friendliness made this one of our most memorable dining experiences. How can you get any better than that! Please make a point to get a true Venetian dining experience by visiting Al Vecio Portal! Also, make certain to have some Prosecco from Tenuta Santome, while you are there.

Cheers,

Rob and Teri

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2  Thank RobandTeri
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Reviewed 29 June 2012 via mobile

We found this place on Tripadvisor and saw it had good reviews. Right away our server John was attentive, funny and made us feel right at home. He brought us out a wonderful appertif and a delicious spread for the warm bread placed on our table. He picked perfect wines to match our meals which everyone was happy with. To top it all off he brought out some mouthwatering desserts that we seemed to find room for after our more than satisfying meal. And just when you thought that was enough he finished the evening off by bringing us all glasses of homemade Lemoncello. Super experience!

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Reviewed 27 June 2012

This restaurant was recommended to us by the owner of the accommodation we stayed in during our holiday in Venice. The sword fish was excellent, and the service was good. It was also not too expensive in a city which, as other reviewers have pointed out, has food which is expensive but disappointing. This is a great little place to go for an early dinner or late lunch.

1  Thank daisy_blonde_87
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