Tel: +39 041 5222 404
Address: Rio Terà Canal, Campo S. Margherita, Dorsoduro 3062/A
Notes: Closed all day Monday, Tuesday lunchtime
Tables outside? Yes
Cuisine Type: Sardinian

L’Incontro offers a welcome change from the classic Venetian fare – Sardinian specialities, in a cosy, friendly atmosphere with excellent service from Paolo, the proprietor. Dark beams, white-washed walls with the minimum of decoration and pale grey floral linens are the backdrop to some very interesting dishes.

While you chew over the menu a dish of cruditeés arrives with aioli for dipping, together with a plate of flat, crisp pane carasau, the delicious (and moreish) Sardinian ‘music paper bread’. Or in this case, we were informed, pane guttiau, as it was dressed with oil and rosemary.

Antipasti are all meat based, with the antipasto misto (€12) providing a selection of wonderful Sardinian salami and ham – succulent and delicious. Pasta (€9 – 14) is home-made and very, very good: try the orecchiete (little ears) with zucca (pumpkin) or rucola e gorgonzola.

This is definitely a place for carnivores. Secondi (€18 – 22) include beef, (whisper it) foal, goat and suckling pig – though there is a plate of vegetables with smoked scamorza cheese (€14) for the faint-hearted. Tagliata di manzo con rosmarino was superb, as was petto d’anatra all’aceto balsamico – rare duck breast in a memorable sauce with a dice of tender carrot.

Puddings (€5) have to be tasted. On our visit there was a chocolate mousse with mascarpone (highly tempting), a Torta della Nonna that I’m sure would be superb, and pardule, which couldn’t be resisted. These are tiny Sardinian cheesecakes (five make up a serving), flavoured with orange and served with honey. They’re worth a detour.

House white (€6 per half litre) is a good tokai (there’s also a house prosecco), house red is merlot and there are Sardinian wines to choose from as well. This is a good, honest restaurant we’d be happy to return to more than once.