Eat Like a Venetian versus Eat like a local in Venice, 2005 vs 2010

I agree wholeheartedly with the admonition by Gavin McOwan in Eat like a local in Venice (Guardian, February 13, 2010) "Don't spoil your visit to Venice by eating in over-priced tourist traps – follow the locals' lead and graze on bar snacks in back-street osterie"...

Same thing applies to most cities and countries around the world.

Since I have never visited Venice, I went looking for similar stories and found Eat Like a Venetian by none other than Gael Greene (Travel and Leisure, October 2005).

The main difference between these articles almost 5 years apart is that where Gavin McOwan focuses on places that will not break the bank.

Gael Greene first mentions Fiaschetteria Toscana ($168 for two in 2005) as a favorite except for excess of salt at times.


Author says she is shocked at how Da Fiore went in 20 years from nice and simple wine bar to pricey ($240 for two in 2005).

Both pieces are in agreement on a number of places starting with Ca d'Oro famous it seems for their pork meatballs (polpette). Gavin McOwan prices one of these and a glass of house wine as 1 Euro a piece.

Also good for your wallet they say is La Cantina. No menu, the staff tells you what's in that day. I noted the 30 wines offered by the glass. Time Out notes that dishes are 'piled high with food and topped with crostinis'.

I guess I now have to ask some of the wine makers from the area what they favorites are.

Previous Post

Art and Rugby, D' Artagnan 25th Anniversary Celebration in New York, More than Foie Gras

Feb 19
Visiting chefs natives of Gascony all listed in The Gascons Are Coming will be adding some of their dishes to the menu of a number of New York establishments. Participating restaurants include: Adour, Bar Boulud, Bar Tabac, BLT Fish, Craft, Corton, Daniel, David Burke Townhouse, Eleven Madison Park, Fishtail, Jean-Georges, Jules Bistro, Le Bernardin, Le Cercle Rouge, Le Singe Vert, Mercer Kitchen, Per Se... You would be mistaken to think that D' Artagnan 25th Anniversary...
Next Post

Peter Gordon on Breakfast New Zealand Style before UK publication of Fusion

Feb 20
New Zealand born Peter Gordon which some call the pope or godfather of Fusion cuisine, starts Morning Glory (FT Week-End, February 20-21) with theses words: "I’m at Heathrow on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Waiting to board my 24-hour flight to the other side of the world my thoughts turn to food: I’m already planning where I’ll go for breakfast once I arrive in Auckland. Long-haul flying and traveling always have this effect on me." I...