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An Off-Season in Venice - 3; a nice stroll along the canals and Ristorante Vini Da Gigio

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August 24, 2017 / Italian / By
Anna

Venice's Vini da Gigio, perched on the kerbside of canal Fondamenta San Felice (photo courtesy of vinidagigio.com)

After a morning of walking to parts of Venice we had not seen before, the Tall Guy (TTG) and I set off into the Cannaregio sestiere looking for a specific restaurant. We had headed toward the waterfront through Castello, taking in the naval area (the Arsenale) and walked beneath the elegant washing lines of the residents.

We threaded our way along little-visited canals where smartly attired Venetians were going about their business. A smart phone and something like Google Maps makes it easy to explore Venice with a confidence we lacked on our first visit many years ago.

Two oh-so-smartly attired Ventians taking their morning giro around the canals.

We chose Vini da Gigio because it had been recommended. Recommended by? Lots of fellow global-eaters, via the Twitternet, the Intertube, and all those other near-instant ways we now have that make finding a great place to eat actually pretty darned simple, provided we do just a little prior research.  I need to warn you that it looks very unassuming from the outside. The door is on the extreme right of the building as it skims along the canal side, making it look as though it is a tiny bay. But once through the door there is an inviting bar and several lovely spaces for dining.

We were there for lunch and managed to get a table looking out onto the canal, something we would be very unlikely to get in the summer. The view was great but there seemed to be an extremely cold draft creeping along the floor from the windows or the door. Undaunted, I tucked my newly purchased down coat around my nether regions and tried not to think about it. Once the food and wine arrive, I was too happy to care.

I started with the sardines and polenta, a traditional dish in Venice and it was every bit as good as it looks in the picture above. From there I moved onto the fish soup and The Tall Guy (a man who once spurned fish) chose the same. At €20.00, it was a rather expensive item but well worth it. The rich tomato flavour and the abundance of seafood was exactly what I had hoped for.

I would definitely recommend a visit. A note on cost. Prices can vary enormously in a high traffic place like Venice. Read the reviews and decide what you are comfortable paying before diving in, or read the menu outside before entering. Our lunch of the two courses noted above, a very nice bottle of white wine and coffee came to just over €80. Would we eat like this all the time? Not on your nellie! As a holiday treat, you bet!

 


Vini da Gigio

Country: Italy

Province/State: Veneto

City: Venice

Address: Cannaregio 3628/A

Zip/Post Code: 30131

Location Tips: Short walk from Vaporetto Stop Ca' d'Oro

Phone: +39 041 5285140

Website:http://www.vinidagigio.co...

Price Guide:$$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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