As we walk around the restaurant the boss shows me the glossy walls and the ancient lanterns and the decanters of old whiskeys and grappa sitting on the massive cabinets. You feel transported back into that time and place of real luxury and old-fashioned traditions and manners. It is kind of cool! "The real thing that I try to do is when people walk into the restaurant they feel as if they enter my home. I am friendly and I try to make sure that they feel at home. I don't want them feeling like they're at a restaurant. I want them to feel like at home." he says.
"The wooden tops of the boxes that hold the wine bring the feeling that I want of the restaurant. It is a traditional restaurant steeped in history and I want the atmosphere to reflect that luxury with the friendly team. Luxury doesn't have to be stuffy."
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."
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"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?