B Alla Vecchia Pescheria

Tel: +39 041 5274 957
Address: Campiello Pescheria 4, 30141 Murano

Notes: Closed Tuesday, Sun – Wed evenings
Tables outside? Yes
Cuisine Type: Venetian

Murano has a lot of restaurants but most don’t aspire beyond the basics of Venetian cooking. B Restaurant Alla Vecchia Pescheria is a good exception to the rule. A bright, clean and very modern interior, or tables outside in the delightful little square off the Fondamenta dei Vetrai provide the setting for some very good cooking indeed. It’s pricier than most establishments on the island but the quality means it’s pretty good value. And just next door, and connected within the restaurant, is a gallery space that’s worth a visit.

The signature fish risotto (€16) was excellent, as were linguine (€18) with either spider crab (granceola) or squid in its ink (seppie), that famous black dish of the lagoon.

Lots of fresh fish for main courses, to try another time… this was just a quick meal for tired travellers. There is some meat too but be in no doubt, this is a serious fish restaurant.

We did linger long enough to taste the puddings, though. A crema catalana (€6) was good but rather smaller than I would expect for the price. A selection of local biscotti, by contrast, was magnificent and way beyond the scope of any normal person – luckily there were four of us so we nobly offered to help. Standard (but very good) Buranelli, the s-shaped biscuits from the nearby island of Burano, were supplemented by all sorts of others including nutty ones, toffee-brittle ones, fruity ones… and all topped off by a mound of whipped cream.

Service was very helpful and friendly, a bottle of very good Sauvignon Blanc was €20, and we came away very happy.