First off....THANX TO EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR CONCERN!!
Thanx to Sandy.... Barbara and I had hair raising days before we left the NY area..
Our flight to Venice, the only non-stop from NY, was cancelled.
Thanks to Barbara’s fast thinking and her access to one of the only working computers in the tri-state area.....we were rebooked on a flight to Venice thru Amsterdam. Our flight out of JFK was one of the first one’s out after the airport reopened...there were huge lines waiting to rebook.
We arrived in Venice, somewhat fried, around 4pm.....perfect timing....because we were late we missed a really bad, double-header, acqua alta. If we had arrived on time we would have had to sit at Marco Polo airport waiting for the water to recede.
When we reached our apartment we found furniture on top of the beds and rugs rolled up...etc. Lelia helped us rearrange things! We had a nosh at Ciak’s then unpacked and crashed. (Corte Tiepolo http://www.cortetiepolo.com)
This year I spent hours photographing .... and sketching... mostly in churches. I love to draw but I don’t like to make it a public display....so I like to find quiet corners..and a place to sit. Churches just seem to be the best place to find both...with the bonus of cover from the rain.
Our trip was full of fantastic memories.....visiting old favorites and adding new favorites to our lists.
NEW DISCOVERIES: GELATO....Crazy that this is a new discovery? Years ago I went to Nicos and sorry to say I wasn’t impressed. I had heard that Nico’s was THE best gelato in Venice. So I figured that if that was the best and I thought is was meh....then why go any further...save calories...right? Well I fell off the wagon and into three gelato shops. Wow...what have I been missing?.....sublime thrills....chocolate dreams.....creamy delights. VENCHI.....Il DOGE.....GROM. In january I’ll round it out with a shot at SUSO....who knows....NICOS may be worth a second chance.
MURO_FRARI ~ San Polo 2604 B/C - 39 041 5245310 Muro~Frari is our neighborhood go-to place....we even receive a sconto. This is the pizza I craved throughout the year...my favorite is Mastea.....buffalo mozzarella, black olives, ham, tomatoes. Makes me hungry just typing about it. ACQUA PAZZA~ San Marco 3808/3810 - 041 277 0688 .......Ok...so the staff was a little stiff our first visit a few years ago...but boy oh boy are they happy to see us now. They use to push for more courses....now they warn us that we are ordering too much. They wouldn’t even let us order dessert before we devoured the complimentary cookies and after dinner liquors....lemoncello.. raspberrycello...chestnutcello. ~ and my OMG favorite...meloncello made from cantaloupe. In fact, it is one of my favorite Venice food memories. Great pastas...fish...etc. Oh, and the complimentary bruschetta to start. We usually only order one course...the rest is on the house. Nice wine list too....
LA ZUCCA - Santa Croce 1762 - 041 5241570 La Zucca is back on her game....it seemed a little off last year. This year we had a few fabulous meals. The spinach with bechamel sauce was outstanding....tacchino with curry and cous cous....great. The veggies are really fantastic! Glad that she’s showing so well again! I really like La Zucca’s house wine...both the red and white would be nice at twice the price.
FRARYS - San Polo 2559 - Fondamenta dei Frari - 041720050 Frary’s is a great choice when you need a break from Italian fare. Middle Eastern fare...the mixed appetizer plate is a great lunch or starter for dinner. We are in love with their tzatziki....we ordered some to go. I could swim in this. Be warned....garlic alert...don’t eat before a first date.
ALLE TESTIERE - Castello 5801 - 39 041 522 7220 This is my favorite venetian-food splurge. Everything is done with a delicate touch. The three of us went wild and had the white truffles with fettucini....ethereal!!
PANE VINO ~ RIALTO - San Polo 1544 - Calle dei Botteri - 38 041 08446 This was my first time to this location. My Venetian friends Elisabetta and Barbara decided that we needed to try it out. We ordered a selection of cheeses and cold meats to start...what a start. Fantastico....Yes....I’ll be returning.
It was great fun meeting up with all the SlowTravel Venetian lovers......Christy, Paul, Daniela, MaryK, Barbara, Lou Anne and her husband, BIL and SIL. We met at Caffe del Doge. Cappucino perfection....worth the trip to the Rialto. I’m going to have to connect my Skype....just to take Italian lessons with Daniela!!
(**Check out Daniela's site ~ Joyfulit. I've posted it on the right under favorite sites.)
Barbara was a very brave soul.....she took rowing lessons from our ‘Queen of the Oars’ Nan!!! She had the most fabulous time....she was so excited...it took three days to get her peeled from the ceiling. She’s so jazzed up she’s planning on multiple lessons the next time she’s in Venezia!!
(**Check out the Row Venice site...it's also posted under my 'Favorite Sites' on the right.)
I'll write more as things come to mind....and you know how my mind works....lol!
** Sorry about not posting direct links....I wrote this report in another program....sigh)