Palazzina Grassi – Best Brunch in Venice

Italians are not very big on breakfast or ‘la colazione’, just an espresso and one piece of pastry will usually do the job. So what to do if you’re spending a weekend in Venice and you happen to be really into Sunday brunch like we are? After a bit of research we quickly filtered our options down to three upmarket hotel restaurants. Thank heaven that the first two places we called had already been booked out, so we ended up with a reservation at the magnificent five-star American boutique hotel Palazzina Grassi (alternatively Palazzina G) right next to the Grand Canal, very close to the Westernmost point of the San Marco neighbourhood, roughly 15 to 20 minutes’ walk from St. Mark’s Square.     It took us longer, because we didn’t find the entrance in Calle Morolin/Ramo Grassi right away, there’s not much in terms of signs and not a […]

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Hostaria Osottoosopra, Venice

Friends had recommended Hostaria Osottoosopra to us and finally we were going to check this place out for a very late lunch. Tripadvisor (#26 of 1,323 Restaurants in Venice, certificate of excellence) seemed to agree with our friends’ opinion. The slightly odd-looking name is pidgeon Italian for “Below and Above,” referring to the two floors. Osottoosopra is just across the Canale Grande from Palazzina Grassi (even though a fair walking distance, unless you hop on a boat), where we had enjoyed brunch the previous day (blog post here). This is where the three neighbourhoods of San Marco, San Polo, and Dorsoduro touch. It is one of our favourite parts of Venice. Despite the physical proximity to San Marco you might find yourself walking along canals and down crooked alleyways for several minutes without spotting other human beings. Quite the opposite of super-busy San Marco. There are other quiet areas such […]

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Osteria al Portego, Venice

Whenever we come to Venice, we always have one of our first meals at Osteria al Portego, a tiny corner bar that serves local snacks, wine and beer at very reasonable prices. It is located just three minutes’ walk from Rialto Bridge, ranks #86 of 1,320 Venice restaurants on Tripadvisor (incl. Certificate of Excellence), and comes highly recommended by local food blogger Naturally Epicurean. They do have a proper dining area where you can order a la carte dishes, but most people, just like us, simply go for the Cicchetti, the Venetian variety of tapas, often meat and/or seafood served on slices of white bread. Over the years we must have tried every single one of their dishes. Favourites include Baccalà (creamed stockfish/salt cod), their baby octopus, and their fried whitebait.   Despite the fact that it’s usually extremely crowded, the staff somehow still find the time for a smile […]

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