Off we headed to Venice for Canival earlier this month. Chee was definitely excited about heading to Venice to soak in the atmosphere and people-watch as fellow revellers don elaborate costumes along with their Venetian masks. I was actually more keen on where/what to eat since Italian gastronomy is one of my favorite!
From the recommendation of my friend, I made a reservation at restaurant ‘Da Fiore’ for lunch (http://www.dafiore.net/en/index.html)
Once there, warmly welcomed, the waiter brought us to our table which was just in front of the small terrace on the canal. The restaurant’s decor was modern and the table set-up was elegant. For lunch, the restaurant proposes either the ‘à la carte’ menu or 4 different set-lunch menus at 50 €uros. We decided on taking two different set-lunch menus.
Before starting our lunch, we received a mise en bouche (a small appetizer) that was a fishball with sabayon (* a frothy unsweetened sauce that’s usually made with champagne and is used to dress fish or shellfish)
Chee’s lunch: *Tagliolini gratinati con scampi e radicchio rosso di Chioggia (Gratin of tagliolini with chicory and shrimps)
* Calamari arrostiti in graticola ripieni di radicchio di Treviso, noci e pistacchi (Calamari baked with red chicory, walnuts and pistachios)
* Arance alla Sorrentina (Spiced caramelized oranges)
The gratin may not look so appetising but it was actually very tasty and satisfying!
My lunch: * Baccalà mantecato servito con bruschetta profumata all’aglio (Whipped venetian codfish)
* Tagliata di tonno al rosmarino (Seared tuna slices with rosemary)
* Semifreddo di tiramisù (Tiramisu parfait)
The perfectly-sliced and seared tuna was divine and the tiramisu parfait was by far the best tiramisu I had during this trip.
Although we did not order coffee, we were served Italian biscuits to end off the meal.
By the way, the costume “party” goes on even in the restaurants as many of them head to restaurants with their costumes. Check out this Russian couple.
We were very happy with our lunch and we will certainly come back on our next trip to Venice. Thank you ‘Da Fiore’.