Venice, the city of canals, one of the most romantic and distinctive cities in the world. Other cities with canals across the globe compare themselves to this gem, by declaring themselves the Venice of the North or other similar names. But there is only one Venice.
I had been to Venice several times before, but never in the winter and never at Christmas so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Venice has always been a magical place for me and somehow at this time of year without the big crowds of tourist season, it seemed even more so.
Arriving in Venice quite late in the evening, we were met by a representative from the agency that had rented us an apartment overlooking the Grand Canal for our stay. We asked the representative if there would possibly be any restaurants in the area that would still be open and she highly recommended one that was literally right on the square next to our apartment, A Beccafico.
Heading to A Beccafico we were surprised to see that it was indeed still bustling despite the late hour, so we decided to give it a shot. The modernly decorated restaurant had a staff that were all very friendly and one server, Alessandro, spoke English beautifully and took care of us, explaining any questions that we had about the menu.
Our meal began with salads, a mixed salad for me and my partner had a Caprese followed up with an appetizer of marinated fish and shellfish. Appetizers and salads led on to main courses of a selection of Squid prepared in three different ways and for me, Caciu all’Argentiera or the Silversmith’s Cheese, a dish that originated in Palermo and consists of Fried Caciocavallo cheese with fried slices of zucchini. A delicious dish, I gobbled it down with slices of Italian bread and focaccia.
We had such an amazing meal, we ended up going back for dinner again on another evening where my partner dined on Lamb Chops and I had an amazing roasted half eggplant that had then been baked with marinara and cheese on top! For desert we just had to try the Tiramisu, served in a glass lidded jar.
Being a total Pizza Addict, I just had to give their pizza a shot, so we mad a final visit on our last day in venice for lunch. As with everything else we had had at the restaurant, the pizza did NOT disappoint. At A Beccafico, Every meal ended with complimentary decanters of both a sweet dessert wine and limoncello, a nice finish to a satisfying dining experience.
The perfect restaurant for our Venice sojourn, I still find myself daydreaming about A Beccafico and have put it on list of places that I MUST return.