Osteria al Duomo

Tel: +39 041 5274 303
Address: Fondamenta Maschio 20-21, Murano
Notes: Open every day for lunch, Fri-Sun evenings
Tables outside? Yes
Cuisine Type: Venetian
Website: www.osteriaalduomo.com
Vaporetto: Museo, Navagero

Just across the bridge from Murano’s extraordinary honey-coloured Duomo, the Osteria that bears its name is a very handy place.  Large and airy inside rooms are supplemented by a pretty walled garden so even though this is a popular place for groups of young travellers, you can usually find a space.  It’s not only tourists here either; locals too appreciate the honest, down to earth cooking and the exceptional value from this family-run business.

Many come for the huge range of pizze, just about every combination you could think of, keenly priced at €6.50-€9.  Otherwise there’s a good, short menu, with antipasti such as Caprese (the classic mozzarella & tomato mix, €6 or €9 with buffalo mozzarella), involtini di radicchio (I need to try these next time – radicchio and parma ham rolls, €9).  Or there’s scampi in saor (sweet & sour) or capesante gratinate (scallops), both €12.

Pasta dishes are also good value, ranging from €5 to €9 for meat sauces and up to €15 for lobster.

I had one of their seriously big salads (€9-€10) – mine was with grilled chicken pieces and cheese – which was good if a little unexciting, in the way of Italian salads in general.  David chose orata ai ferri – grilled sea bream – and one of the largest ones we’ve seen was skilfully filleted for him at the table.  An absolute steal at €12 – this dish would have been over €20 at most restaurants in Venice.

Puddings have no pretensions – buranelli, the local biscuits, are €3 and panna cotta and tiramisù are €3.50 and there’s a very palatable friulano white wine for €9 per litre.

Service is helpful and friendly and I certainly recommend this restaurant if you’re after a good, straightforward meal on Murano.


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