Founded in 1720 as a coffee house and once a meeting point for glitterati heading to the nearby Fenice theater, this historic spot was reborn as a gourmet restaurant in 1952. Since 2006, the new owners have been crafting more contemporary interpretations and small plates of Venetian cuisine, such as classical Venice-style liver (fegato alla veneziana), stewed salt cod on thyme semolina cream, and an incredibly complex presentation of fried and marinated sardines with onions and vinegar. In truth, everything here is creatively and beautifully presented, with seasonal vegetables and fresh fish to the fore.
Campiello della Fenice 2007
Our Rating Neighborhood Near Piazza San Marco Hours Daily 10am–midnight Transportation Vaporetto: Santa Maria del Giglio (walk straight up from the vaporetto stop and turn right out of the campo, cross the bridge, follow the street that goes to the left and then the right before opening onto the broad Calle Larga XXII Marzo; turn left up Calle delle Veste into Campo San Fantin) Phone 041-5224121 Prices Main courses 26€–44€ Cuisine Type Contemporary Italian/Venetian Web site Antico Martini Other Reservations required.