Osteria al Pesador (Venice, Italy)

Finding Venetian food in Venice is not as easy as one would think. Most of the restaurants around the Grand Canal area are catering to tourists by offering up Italian greatest hits type dishes like pasta Bolognese and pizza. We took a boat tour of Venice and our tour guide Claudia recommended Osteria al Pesador for true Venetian fare. We started the meal with a spritz, which is an aperitif made with Prosecco, Aperol and club soda. To start my wife ordered the orecchiette pasta with tuna and tomatoes. I ordered the bigoli pasta with anchovy and onion sauce. My wife’s pasta was delicious with good quality tuna and a tasty tomato sauce. My bigoli pasta was revelatory. It tasted like the best French onion soup you ever had combined with the best anchovies you ever had. The pasta was al dente and there was just enough sauce. For our mains, my wife got the salt cod Venetian style and I ordered the cuttlefish cooked in its own ink. Both were served with polenta. My wife’s salt cod was delicious. The salt cod was cooked in a light tomato sauce. My cuttlefish was delicious. The cuttlefish was tender and the ink sauce was nice and briny. The polenta was made without cheese or butter, but went perfect with the ocean flavors of both dishes. To drink I had some Pinot Grigio, which is synonymous with the Veneto region. Overall Osteria al Pesador was a great introduction to Venetian cuisine.
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