The funny Capo at the Island's favorite restaurant named LA FAVORITA! 
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The Elegance of the island of Lido is personified in one of the "four best restaurants on Lido; Ristorante GRANVIALE," says the Capo, Claudio Barbeiro, who used to be the head chef at the Venecian Ristorante Antico Martini for 15 years. "In 2006, I decided to move to Lido. My children were young and I knew that it is a lovely  place to raise children, the island is very different than Venecia." he says. 

     The culture here is one of tranquility, quiet, a family place yet very important families

 live here. All the Capos of the Venetian Restaurants, Hotels, Couture live on Lido. And of course we have the beach. The tourists don't know about the beach and we keep asking Venecia to give publicity to the gorgeous beach we have on Lido. If the tourists knew they would hop on  a waterbus and take the lovely ride from Venecia and stay on the beaches all day. We have a great golf course too. The 1st beach ever in Italy, the bathing beach, is here in Lido in 1800." says Claudio. 

   "We have a famous dish that is named the Gran Tecia and it is a mixture of clams and mussels and prawns and polipetti and it is a huge plate of seafood of all kinds and pasta(of which you choose between the fettucini or the spaghetti) and you eat the huge platter with your hands. The plates is for two people." says The Capo with the help of his team who try to translate the English and the Italian. His team is very enthusiastic about the Gran Tecia and they show me how they eat with the hands. "The lagoon has the freshest Venuto fish of course and it is very particular to Venice and Lido and we do all seasonal here. The quality here is the highest although the city is perceived to be of the highest quality I think we match that perception the best." he says. 
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   Does he miss being the Head Chef? Claudio says, "O sometimes yet now I love being the Big Boss. All the recipes are mine since 2006. I hired 6 chefs in the kitchen and I work with these talented people everyday. I supervise the food and the kitchen and run back and forth; I think that it is important and very good to have that experience as a Head Chef. I know what the food should taste like and I know how it should be presented. I like to eat food, you understand, yet I want my guests to LOVE to eat food!" he says laughing. 

     "When the Italian people come here everyday it is because I make the people and my team makes the people feel as if they are in their home. That is the feeling I want for my ristorante." he says.

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  The famous 3 hr. gramaphone at the cozy authentic enoteca in Venice named Ai Divini. "I bought it literally 2 hours ago," says Beso, who's name means kiss in Spanish, so since I don't speak Spanish I kept calling him Bacci and throwing him kisses. We love to throw kisses in America, I tell him. "I am from Albania til 10 years old, and I moved to Venecia and my name is Spanish, yet I don't speak Spanish since I am Italian and Albanian I only speak a little French and a little English...O and here is my very cool collection of original vinyls which I brought to play on the gramaphone, yet it is a special gramaphone, which I didn't know, and it only plays one kind of vinyl and otherwise it breaks the vinyls in half!" he says and shows me the one vinyl that it plays, which is Indian music.
Matteo and Beso...on the streets of Venice. "I met Matteo about 3 years now and we have great fun doing original items for the bar, Ai Divini, such as the Gondolier handles, original, on the beer taps. We sat one day looking at the bar, and at the real Gondolier oars that we have displayed on the ceiling, and suddenly Matteo said, Hey how about Gondolier handles since they come in here all the time! And we did!" he says.
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"Yes, we have fun and most importantly, we try to add new wines and new drinks every week. Some people say that they add every month or two months, " starts Beso and Luca laughs and interrupts him, "No we do new drinks everyday."  "That is true," says Beso. "Every couple of days I change the wine menu. It's fun for us to try new ones and we love our wine suppliers. They're great!" he says.
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Yet for me, Luca and Beso have decided that I must try almost every wine in the bar which Beso says, "The bar is as of my house, and when you are in my bar you are in my Casa..." and it feels that way. He shares graciously and somewhat ridiculously young and illegal, you know when you are in your mom and dad's basement trying the liqueur cabinet and they're out for the night, some great wines. "The wines we use come from only small farmers from Italy. One of the wines Santo Maria is a Montepulciano regional wine of which only 10,000 are made every year and the vineyard gives only us and one bar in Verona the wine. Here taste." he says and gives me the normal wine. It is the BEST! Then he gives me the Superior... it is BETTER. and later in the interview he says, "Alright here is another of my favorite vineyards, all small ones, and you must try." It is BETTER than the others...I say. Wow. Then, not to be outdone, Luca mixes me a RED BULL Mojita that has tomato vapors in it and ...Yes you guessed it, IT IS THE BEST!  I drank way too much on a afternoon interview and felt like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra drinking Martinis...while we sang Johnny Cash songs, my favorite and John Lee somebody that is Beso's favorite, and he is pretty good too and had a great interview. Open til 1.00am to 2.00 am every night with great make as you order sandwiches, and great italian aperitivos all day long. YUM! Plus the outside terrace has a gondola park..."Okay you can't park your gondola here since it is a private launch, however, if the Gondolas want to leave their passengers and it is the final stop they can use the launch for a couple of minutes to let the people walk up the steps and come into the bar from the water side...the people that are residents upstairs use the garden and the boat launch, yet you can have gondolas drop people off if  you want." says Beso. It is such a cool place, such fun people and such great authentic food and drinks that I KNOW YOU SHALL LOVE IT! L'immagine può contenere: spazio al chiuso
   On the way to the April to September 24 hr. bar where I spent a couple of late Movie Star nights from 1.00am to 3.ooam with my "I want to see Johnny Depp" Lido Film Festival All nighters ...the bar is VERY popular in the April to September months since the beach goers start to swarm into Lido... which has about 20,000 beach is the COOLEST ISLAND EVER, has the Lido film festival and is a 13 minute water boat ride from San Marco Square...a MUST and the bar is cool! L'immagine può contenere: 10 persone, persone che sorridono, persone sedute e occhiali_da_sole
                                                                   Ristorante Andri in Lido 
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             Be prepared to love modern art, murano glass that is all the Capo, Luca's designs, have a multitude of discussions with Luca about the Movie Industry, almost all are his friends, and eat some of the best fish around. "We only have fish. I am only a fish ristorante. We go in and out of Michelin and I can never keep track of when we're actually in it. The restuarant has been here the last 100 years. Lido was a very different city 100 years ago, by the way. All the aristocratic families made their homes here in Lido from Venecia.  and actually from around the world. It has a lovely golf course, and it has a airport that people who come here fly in to dinner from Brussels, or Paris or London. We have 3 kinds of guests here, the locals from Lido and Venice and the surrounding islands, the guests that fly in here once every couple of months to stay on the island a couple of days and do dinner, and the tourists." says Luca who talks a lot as he weaves in and out of the tables and shows me his art hanging on the walls, the glass sculptures adorning the tables and little shelves everywhere and the useful glass of which he keeps pouring me proseco and fruit juices in different glasses. Risultati immagini per trattoria andri lido
    "I buy the best materials and that is why my kitchen is the best. If you work with the best it is easy to make great things. It is very easy." he continues to say and I continue to laugh. "I buy pasta that is the best in the world that is made in Naples and Puglia and I buy the best olive oil that is made in Lazio, Vetrella, that is important. I am a great chef because I have great things to work with. I love to come and speak with the guests though. I prepare every dish in the day and at night I come and talk to the guests." he says. Risultati immagini per trattoria andri lido

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"Ralph Fiennes is a personal friend of mine and when they were filming the English Patient, which they filmed here, they came in everyday. They were here 3 months. The entire team came in sometimes for lunch and there were 100 of em. That is a lot of people to feed yet they're all laughing and friendly. A great friendship came from that. I have pictures on the wall from Jonathan Demme, and Gene Hackman, and Antonio Banderas who is a real star. He and his wife, Melanie, came in and once in a while you have that. They wanted perfect soft lighting and to sit in a intimate private room and the entire star treatment." he says as he continues to go in and out of the kitchen and brought raw prawns that he peeled for me to eat and try. "Wonderfully delicious and Huge swordfish steak and little fish named the frog-fish...a cool fish that you can't eat its head since it is terrible, yet the back of the frog-fish is great." he says. Immagine correlata

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                          The Elegance of the Albergo Quattro Fontane on the Island of Lido

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"I've been here since 1983," says Massimo who is the Director of the famous Alberto Quattro Fontane on the island of Lid. "The Hotel has charm and character and the people come here to have a quiet holiday away from chaotic Venecia. The only problem with Lido is that people rarely know we're here when they visit Venecia. We have to educate the tourists that we exist!" jokes Massimo. "A couple times a year I have guests that check in and they say, O we thought you were on Marco Square, we don't want to stay here! and I say stay one day and tell me what you think. They always love it and say they shall always stay on the island of Lido from now on and stay at the Fontane!" he says. There is many reasons why. The beauty of course of the 1954 restored private Villa that the two sisters, who live on the property in private residences, trasformed themselves, and the graciousness of the staff. 
       "Here let me show you around the Villa," says Massimo. The Villa has 60 rooms! It is a very big Villa! "Here is the little house that originally is built in 1910, and the sisters redecorated in 2003. One is a architect and one is a artist and they do all the decor themselves. Including each piece of art or antiquity in the Villas. They travel to Sicily and Africa and around the world collecting items. The little room in the middle of the garden is a favorite of the guests who can come here and enjoy the day and read a book. On the wall is a original series of paintings of the Kennedy Texas tragedy that they bought in Sicily of all places. It is quiet remarkable and you don't expect to find such a piece of art there!" he says and I say that is true.

  "We have two restaurants, one inside and one outside when the weather is nice. For instance a couple of nights ago we had 70 people in the garden for dinner. It was absolutely fantastic. The guests loved it. They love the gardens as do I. They can have breakfast here or sit in the chairs and talk about life. The island of Lido is full of lovely surprises such as the beach which is just steps away from our front door, the private water taxi can pick the guests up from Venecia or Lido and bring them straight here and as you can see we are right across from the place where the International Film Festival of Lido is held every year. It is the end of August to middle of September in 2017 and we already have people filling up!" he says. 
     "You know it is a 4 star superior which is very important. The history of the Hotel and the history of Lido go hand in hand, all in all it is a lovely charming Villa where people can be transported back in time to enjoy the gentile life of  the aristocrat." he says. 
  "O yes everybody asks about the Movie Stars, and we've had many here, such as Marcello Mastroini and Robert Di Nero and many many more. They are the nicest people and always smiling. The guests here come 25 years in a row and stay 25 days as their vacation as a couple from America do. They are my friends here. When you have guests coming 40 years every year they become friends and it is always a great pleasure to have them as my guests. We always see people come again and again once they find us!"
   Massimo says. And the concierge? He laughs. "We are the concierge. I am the concierge and the director and the receptionist and I sit with the guests in the garden or sit and have dinner with the guests. It isn't a huge chain hotel where you are just a number. I am it." he starts laughing and is serious when he says, "I have never missed one day in 34 years loving it here. It is my home. I love Lido and I love the Fontane." 

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Although I only got to wave to Andrea as he was cooking with his mother, (he is the other son and Michele is the one who greets the guests), as you can see he is a fish guy! They are both crazy in their work schedule as they travel 160 kilometers everyday back and forth to Cortina where they have another restaurant. They arrive at Valentino at 19.00pm! 
Michele on the left as he prepares the fish, arrives on his motorcycle."Yes it is new. And yes it is Crazy. Just Crazy to drive back and forth everyday. I know. It started with a friend of mine asking me to help him with a restaurant to give advice. We went at the Christmas time when the restaurant in Lido is closed as we only open the season of April  to  end of  October. The people ended up hiring my entire family and letting my other person go! It was crazy. We kept it going the last 2 years,  yet now we have to make a decision. The most important months of Valentino is August and September and there is no way I can drive back and forth and take care of the restaurant here. NO WAY!" he says as I keep saying, your're crazy! laughing at the way they zoom back and forth. "Do you need some wine?" I ask as he frantically comes into the restaurant at 19.00pm. He smiles broadly and says, "Why yes I do. You do know that I am a master sommelier, right?" he says and I say that yes his papa told me that fact. Okay let's see what the master sommelier chooses for us! (Specogna) "I love Sauvignons and the one here is one of my favorites, it isn't super expensive, yet it is exquisite." he says. I try and LOVE IT.   

I keep eating the black nut bread that she brought fresh from the oven. "Yes she makes my favorite, too, pumpkin bread." says Michele. Does he know how to cook? He nods and drinks more wine. "Yes I know how to do it all, yet Andrea is the real cook. My brother. I am here with the guests." he keeps laughing when I say again, how many kilometers do you drive each way everyday? "I know, I am crazy. All my friends say that it better be the best restuarant in the world if I drive 160 kilometers each way. The good thing is that the guests in the mountains now know about Lido and the guests here know about Cortina. They can travel back and forth and experience Lido and Valentinos. That is the reason that it makes sense."
 When I first meet the family of Valentino Ristorante in Lido    I meet the Big Capo, Reno and his wife Rita, of who is the famous Couco of arguably the best restaurant in Venecia, definitely Lido of which all the other Capos on the island do agree. He says, "I am the best in all of Venecia, Fiore is good yet we are the best!" he jokes. I meet his wife, Rita, who speaks only Italian and has been in the kitchen the last 40 years. She shows me all of her cool cooking of seafood as she prepares it for the guests and is so nonchalent about the cooking while I am like O grab the pan...she switches from the stove to the bread oven where she bakes her own bread everyday with walnuts or other lovely ingredients. YUM...the bread is the absolute best. Ever! When I talk to the son, Michele, a couple of days from that first experience, he says that yes he knows her bread is the best! as he laughs when I keep eating it. Immagine correlata
"I believe that the restaurant is as good as it is, although we have never gotten a Michelin, is that every item that you eat is homemade from the kitchen. Even the breadsticks my  mom makes everyday. And 2 times, or 3 times, or 4 times I take that little refrigerator truck and I drive to three different fishing villages and I choose fresh fish. Chioggia is one of the villages. It is a journey of total 200 kilometers and I do it all myself!" says Michele. "See I told you I am crazy!" he says laughing. The restaurant is elegance. Pure white linen elegance. The food superb. The service from the family coming casually to the tabel to give friendly yet TOTALLY PROFESSIONAL service. Michelin lost on the one here trust me.
     "My mother is 65 and my father one year older. They have been together in the business the last 46 years, since I am born. They have to love it to do it that long." he says laughing. 
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 The many faces of Saturnia, the 4star family owned and run hotel since 1908 in Venecia, just steps from San Marco square, is a juxatoposition  of elegance, warmth, sophistication (with its Michelin rated restaurant) and comfort. The rooms are beautiful and modern and luxurious in excess with great views of the canals below. You can actually see your Gondola pull up to pick you up at the side canal if you happen to be staring out the window! I loved my visits here and the breakfast is amazing to say the least with the All-Star chefs...salmon, champagne, caviar! you name it the breakfast usually has it. Image may contain: people sitting, living room, table and indoorI always stay way too long and love the night hours of the first floor lobby hidden from the front. It has a grand piano and cumfy leather couches and worn oriental carpets and tons of old-fashioned books to browse through. They could actually put a couple more rooms here if they wished, yet I am happy the entire 1st floor square is reserved for guests to sit and relax in the quiet hours of the night.
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"I've always loved the bar attached to the Saturnia, La Caravellino, and with the acquirement of the 100% of the hotel the last 3 years, now I use my expertise in promoting it. The bar is elegant and the people love it, yet for many years it had much privacy and was too stuffy. Now it is chic and trendy and we have the most exclusive cocktails on the island of Venecia." says Gianni, the young son who is the 5th generation of the Serandrei famous family that has owned the 4star Superior since 1908. "My father's great grandfather opened the hotel in 1908 with only 10 rooms and every year we add!" he laughs. "Now it has 87 rooms, yet I am renovating one of the best views room that forever had been the maintenance room! Yes, it is true, I ventured to the maintenance room for the first time and said, Hey why does the maintenance room have the best view on the canal!" he jokes! 
     "And the guests who come here appreciate the beauty of course and the elegance, yet I believe they love the family atmosphere. We are one of the only family run 4stars left in Venecia and you can definitely tell that it is a family. We're present always, the four siblings since my father passed away, and we are very friendly. That is the difference, I think of a family run hotel. That very personal feeling, you are not just a number in our hotel." 
      The Design Hotel Ca' Pisani...
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"I went to Cornell University in America for the summer and took a summer course yet it honestly doesn't prepare you for the day to day running of a huge  hotel such as Saturnia. You know the guests are always right and it is rare, very rare when I disagree with a guest. People come to Venecia for different reasons, yet when they come here I want them to have a gracious stay. To have luxury and comfort yet to feel that the family is here, that it is a warm friendly place and that we care about each guest.  The roof top they love and the garden, too.    No automatic alt text available. The fun things for me is when I can renovate rooms and each year I do about 5 rooms. That is fun for me. You see the water on the desk here? That is because we are choosing water different this year. We are tired of the water, so now I want a new design bottle to compliment the high quality of the Saturnia. You know little things like that. My sister, Zoe, usually does that, the choosing of the food and drinks, and my brother, Kim, is adopted from Korea. He is in charge of the Ca' Pisani publicity and does such a great job that we never have any rooms! And My sister Marianna is the one who you will find everyday at the Design Hotel.We all have our strengths and now as I am a little older I love being behind the scenes instead of being in front talking to everybody all the time. They only call me when there is a problem or if they need help! Otherwise I am renovating!" says Gianni. 
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   "My family and I opened the Ca' Pisani Design Hotelin the year 2000 and it has been crazy booked ever since. The modern design art deco concept has really attracted a huge crowd. We have the traditional Saturnia since 1908, and the Ca' Pisani is way different, yet it is 17 out of 400 hotels on Trip Advisor. People are crazy about the beauty. You definitely need to check it out and see that hotel." invites Gianni and I am definitely going to see the beauty of it. Gorgeous!
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"The La Caravello has 8 chefs and 10 servers. It is a huge deal to present such service everyday and everynight. The food is Michelin quality, of course, yet the service has to be as high quality as the food. It is with great pleasure that I now can do as I wish to open up the La Caravello and the La Caravellino Bar to let sophisticated guests enjoy their dinner." says Gianni.
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                       ...the top of the roof deck on the 4th level at the Saturnia Hotel has many fun                                                                                                          dances...always!
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             ...just the right mix of Chic Cocktails, Sophistication and that Other Worldly feeling at the 
                                    II Caravellino Bar Venecia...located in the Saturnia Hotel.Image may contain: indoor