Osteria Al Nono Risorto

Tel: +39 041 5241 169
Address: Santa Croce 2338, Sottoportego de la Siora Bettina
Notes: Closed Wednesday
Tables outside? Yes
Cuisine Type: Venetian
Vaporetto: Rialto Mercato, San Stae

Gardens are always a bonus in Venice, and this restaurant has a lovely one – not in use alas the night we were there because of the weather, but I’d love to sit under the wisteria on a warm evening. There’s plenty of space inside too but this is a very popular place, so booking is advisable.  It’s not fancy – rough wooden tables, paper placemats and music playing behind the bar at just about the right volume.

It’s also a very friendly and informal place – highly efficient staff in jeans and T-shirts serve up very good looking pizzas (€6-€12) that you can spot the chef assembling through a window into the kitchens.  There’s also a standard Venetian menu with all the basics – salumi misti as a starter is good value at €6 for one person or €9 for two.  Pasta dishes such as the classic spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino (€8) or slightly more exotic, gnocchi con radicchio e Gorgonzola (€12) were good.

Secondi are a mix of meat and fish with branzino and orata at €18 and a dish of bocconcini di pollo con Gorgonzola e patate (€12) sounded interesting.

Puddings (€5) are the standards plus a few to tickle the fancy, such as a semifreddo alla vaniglia con meringata.  There’s also sgroppino (€4), one of the best ways to finish any meal – a glass of lemon sorbet with vodka.  House white is a good tokai.

This is a place where a group of friends could have a really good, relaxing evening – and the pizzas looked really good, too.