Tel: +39 041 5226 795
Address: Calle Zaguri, San Marco 2629
Notes: Closed Tuesday
Tables outside? No
Cuisine Type: Venetian
Just across the narrow Calle from their restaurant Tavernetta San Maurizio Mehdy, Mauro and Silvia opened Gastronomia San Maurizio earlier this year – a take-away with a difference. With the additional skills of Agostino, who with Mehdy used to create fabulous dishes at their first venture La Frasca, this is an establishment at which locals and visitors alike can take home real Venetian cooking (or have a quick bite at the small number of tables inside.)
The menu changes regularly and all the dishes are freshly prepared without preservatives – and there’s a huge range. Antipasti include sardines stuffed with mozzarella and coated in breadcrumbs (€1.50 each) , the classic Venetian sarde or scampi in saor (cooked with onions, pine nuts and vinegar – a lovely sweet & sour flavour, €6), baccalà, octopus salad, marinated anchovies or salmon, antipasto misto di mare or salumi and if you’re there at the right time of year, canocie bollite – mantis shrimps, a speciality of the lagoon (€5.50 – 9).
You can also take home sauces for your own pasta, priced by the kilo, but with helpful hints on the menu as to how much you will need for two people. The choice here varies from a basic meat ragù to the more exotic seafood, clam, squid ink, scallop or crab sauce.
Primi piatti on our visit included seafood, classic meat or vegetarian lasagne and Parmigiana di melanzane (€6 – 8). The vegetable lasagne was light, creamy and delicious, with spinach and artichokes. Secondi on offer included lots of local fish (this is Venice, after all) but also a Catalan-style shrimp salad and chicken breaded, cooked with mushrooms or just roasted (€5 – 9). You can add on a vegetable for €3.
To round off your meal, there are delicious sounding puddings at €4 – who could resisttortino di cioccolato al peperoncino? House wine by the glass is just €1.50 and you can take a bottle away with you for €8.
This is a terrific way to eat real Venetian cooking either in the small, charming and scrupulously clean establishment (with a 5-star loo), or back at home, at a fraction of the price in most restaurants. A great addition to the options available to both tourists and residents, many of whom were taking advantage of the excellent cooking and friendly service on offer while I was there. A sure sign this is the real thing.