Monday, December 6, 2010

Review: Ai Barbacani, Venice, Italy

We had dinner our first night at Ai Barbacani on Calle del Paradiso. I had chosen it for several reasons.

One reason put it at a good location for people coming from three different hotels: ours (Hotel Giorgione), a hotel near San Marco Plaza, and the Stuckey Hilton (which provided a free shuttle to San Marco Plaza).

And the other reasons had to do with research I had done on the Internet, including sites such as TripAdvisor, Fodor's and Frommer's. I also wanted a restaurant that wasn't horribly expensive.

There were 10 of us for dinner that night. We were all treated to a glass of their house wine. Out of the 10, two were unhappy with their meal. One person had ordered salmon (and friends who ordered salmon later in our stay at a different restaurant were not happy with it...could it be the salmon?) and another friend had ordered pasta with white clam sauce (it was too dry for them).

The remainder of us enjoyed our meal and tried some new things like marinated sardines with onions as an appetizer. I don't remember the exact cost of the meal but it was within the 30-35 Euros (for both of us) that we paid for dinners during our stay in Venice. I would not hesitate to go back if we should ever be in Venice again.

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