How about the baby here? It feeds 10 people!
in Cannaregio 5701
"I would prefer you to call to make reservations that day or the next, if you don't have a large event. If you have a big event you can email the restaurant and we can touch base with you." says Yuli.
Alright for reservations:
041 522 8789
LOCATED AT via Vanin just about 200 meters from the Train station, you will find the only restaurant that I know of in the world where the Capo is the Cuoco and the ONE AND ONLY CUOCO. ever.
"Yes, trust me, he only is the one allowed in the kitchen. THE ONLY ONE. The last 24 years if my father,
is not in Venecia, the restaurant is not open. He cooks at lunch and he cooks at dinner. The only one."
"For many years when the locals from 50 kilometers around Venecia come to have a dinner, they choose us. It is one of the very last true Venetian restaurants owned by a Venetian and where the Cook is Venetian. My father is very proud of that fact, yet at times sad. It is his wish to give the people that are his guests a true meal as if from his home. We are a family here. It is me and my father and sister and her husband. My father never lets one other person even enter his kitchen. If he is sick one day, the restaurant is closed. Yet that in 25 years, he has never been sick." she says.
The original Miramar
He asks to invite you do dinner since only when you eat his food can you feel it," says his charming young chef who laughingly and lovingly translates for us. "My mother comes into the kitchen and makes new dishes for us. The entire menu I design myself...every recipe a mixture of my grandmother's kitchen and my mother's kitchen. Yes usually in a restaurant of such quality around the world the chef does the recipes and menu, but here I do it." the boss says:)
"The restaurant is totally traditional Venetian! with Pesce. Since it is fish it is a little on the medium to high side of pricing. The recipes come from my Grandmother and my mother who continues to be gracious enough that when I say that I would love to try my recipe of such and such she comes into the kitchen and makes it for me. My favorite is the cod fish on top of the cold polenta. That is totally her recipe." he says as he shows me the very elegant and classy menu. And since everybody knows that polenta is my favorite dish?... along with steak tar-tar and red wine...and here one of the very funny and friendly team gives me a little pasta pepper!
https://www.facebook.com/doforni/"I have been here 15 years. I learned seriously when my father took me under his wing...yet I learned the most just watching. Learning and observing. I watched my father. I much rather be an example of him. His life. I am proud of what he has done here. He started with a small restaurant and has built it since 1973 to what it is today." says Diego. "It is very hard to receive respect from somebody that you admire. At least the perception is that. It is difficult to work with my father since I want his approval in the way that I present myself and he is a perfectionist." "One time," says Pasquale, the waiter that has been here 34 to 35 years..."a lady loved animals. She came here and saw the lobster on the fish ice. She said, Can I take that lobster back with me? I am buying that lobster and I would love to add it to the bath and save it. Sometimes people do try to save the lobsters."
Late Night Dinner, Private Sitting, Personal Service, Seafood Italian...
"I guess the Michelin is more into French copy restaurants nowadays," says Diego, "I want the best service with the highest quality. The Orient Express Room is real Orient Express and I know you love that room; however, when the people enter the front they first see the Elegant Burgandy Velvet Cigar Lounge, then we take the guests to the Orient Express and finally opposite the alley in between the restaurant to the elegant hunting lodge. They ooo and aaa and I am pleasantly surprised at the rooms.
Here is the real artisans of Venecia..."Yes the Doge comes in the Carnival people, I have my masks in Switzerland Theater and France and England and Australian and America and they have a special masks. The woman of 20 years ago came in here and said O I bought a mask from you 20 years ago and do you remember me! The people walk through the alleys of Venecia to find us. There are only 20 of the Mask Making originals left in Venecia and I hope they find us." says the kindly old man...think Picasso and Rembrandt and Shakespeare and Beethoven...wouldn't you rather meet these people when they're alive?