Friday, June 2, 2017

Art Cafe and Food, Ristorante, Murano, Venice

All I know is that my father is going to take us to Venice and maybe we can also find a good place to eat lunch with my brother-in-law and a new found friend and sister in Christ, Elma.

An earshot of Venice, Murano, a small island, separated by a wide body of water from the main island.  The two-story buildings, all-charming canal houses, quaint streets, and picturesque views caught my attention immediately and made us all excited to bring home evidences of the visit to the island.  Until we reached the middle of the day, nearly famished, with my girls grumbling to have lunch.
Murano isn’t just living in its past glory; it has a fun, modern vibe as well, like an art that evolves along with its gastronomy.

Giving in to my daughters' bellyaching, we entered a quaint restaurant just after crossing a bridge.  It's beside a cafe with a gelato bar.  Then finding out it is connected to the same restaurant we entered in.

As we were about sit, finally thankful for being out of the heat, the wait-staff told us it's only for the coffee drinkers and she led us outside in the courtyard.

Have I told you, I've been dreaming, of having a good meal on a secret courtyard?

This charming spot, although with our table shaded by an umbrella only, was a perfect ice-breaker as we continue to explore Venice.

Art Cafe and Food is just one of the many other kitschy restos and cafe in the glass island.  This restaurant does not only serve a spectacle menu but also has staff who knows different languages.

They do offer authentic Venetian/Veneto cuisines but has all other options as well.

Above, is a photo of a typical fish dish, served with sauteed tomatoes olives and cheese.  It's more like a salad of grilled salmon and held up with an olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herb mix over a thin serving of white polenta.

We also had Frittura di pesce.

Oh before I continue, let me just say that they serve these dishes in awful big sizes which you can actually share with.  But no! We weren't informed, so everyone excluding me, went ahead and order their own plates only to be surprised that their plates were in huge servings.

I was a bit worried about our bill, since I didn't bring more cash (soldi in Italian), hoping to use my Visa card, only to find out it was damaged and the device isn't accepting my card.  And also, I was busy checking out some provence products they sell, such as burro e tartufo and 15 yr-old balsamic vinegar.

Also, not on the photos are what my girls ordered.  They each had a plate of Carbonara and as I suspected they weren't able to finish them as well, which was unusual.

This is their version of insalata mista, or mixed vegetable salad. My father actually shared this with me as it was really way too many for him, imagine that (being said that, cause my father really eats a lot).

This, I guess would be for Elma, Caprese salad.  Nope, this one isn't originally from this island, it was from Capri. However, it had been a staple salad (or even lunch) for most Italians.

So, I guess, this one's for my brother-in-law, Dex, a really good photographer, also a salad but with tuna fillets or tono as what it's called in that country.

We actually spent 100 Euros for this meal, cover charge for each diner included.

Will discuss more of the table charges in my succeeding gastronomic stories.  However, it was undeniably a good lunch.

That's how it's facade looks like from the other street, really pure and simple, but when you get in, that's where the magic begins.

Like many other restos they serve coffee and wines,better try Veneto's very own wine called
Valpolicella, though it's origin have been in Verona, Italy.

Have you been here before?  Let me know in the comment section below and hope it was also a good one.


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