Open Hours: Lunch: noon-3p Th-Tu, Dinner: 6p-10p Th-Tu
This is one of the best known restaurants in Venice, and is easy to reach by land or by sea. The ambience is refined, but not pretentious; and is ... More
This is one of the best known restaurants in Venice, and is easy to reach by land or by sea. The ambience is refined, but not pretentious; and is furnished in a classic style. The service at this restaurant is impeccable. The cuisine incorporates influences from all over the region, from excellent Fish to Montello Mushrooms and Cheeses. Specialties include a Bigoli Pasta with Shellfish and a Prawn and Marrow Flan. The wine list is excellent, and includes many rare vintages.
Read the reviews and wanted to try something within walking distance of our hotel (Hotel Bologna).
Arrived at 7:45 and they told us that dinner service was at 8 so we went to the lounge for some drinks.
At a little after 8 we went back to the dining room and were promptly seated by the hostess. She was very nice, as well as the server that brought us some complimentary sparkling wine and assorted breads. When the server realized we did not speak Italian (I forgot our translation dictionary, and *really* regretted it later), he brought us some English language menus. That's when everything went bad.
Our waiter came by and asked us what we wanted, and I pointed at a selection in the appetizers, a tartare. I had also chosen a prima and secondi course. He looks at me, says "NO" and walks to the kitchen. When he comes back, he informs me that they have no tartare, but I could get some assorted raw fish on a plate. Okay by me, so we start to order the first course.
I ask for spaghetti with clams, and my wife asks for tortellini. Again, he says "NO" and tells us we can get some other dish. Fine, lets have that. Then he cuts me off and asks me if that is it. It wasn't, but at that point I figured if I was going to order more later I would.
He brings out the fish, and it was just sliced raw fish with olive oil. No seasoning. Very pedestrian.
What happened next should have been my next clue. He brought my entree and not my wife's. So I waited politely for a few minutes thinking he would be right back. No. So I spent about 5 minutes extracting all the clams from their shells. After that, I started to share the meal because my wife still didn't have hers. At that point, hers appeared. I take a bite of mine, and the first mouthful...sand from the clams. Nice. No parmesan was offered and by that time I didn't even want to ask.
We ate the meals. Our table sat empty for 15 minutes while we watched our waiter cater to everybody else's table but ours. The manager was even walking around to all the tables, sans us. I finally got the attention of our waiter and was NOT going to order anything else, so I said "Il Conto por fa vore." He says "Si" and we proceed to watch him deliver desserts and cater to all the other tables.
After 10 minutes I ask him again, he nods and turns away...where AGAIN he served another table. At that point my wife was fed up and marched out. I followed her to the front and the manager and hostess could see that we were upset. I told them how we were treated, paid the bill and left no tip.
We thought our last night in Italy would be topped off with a great gourmet meal, and instead we left very angry. Thankfully, the people at Hotel Bologna were GREAT, and we were able unwind there. Their food is great as well, and I would definitely recommend it over this place.
If you go to Trattoria Dall'Amelia, you better speak Italian, and hope you don't get the loser waiter we got.
Everything about the place is superb. A real, traditional high quality Italian restaurant. Of course it wouldn't be open on a Sunday, they are God fearing Catholics not heathens like the Brits! We stayed at the hotel next door. There's nothing wrong with it but the don't have a public toilet downstairs - sorry John didn't have a good time, I hope the ill directed sarcasm made him feel better.
The atmosphere at Dall'Amelia's is light and fun. Their food was the high point of our trip to Italy. My husband and I were so impressed by the wonderful service and food, we would go back to Italy just to visit this restaurant. I highly recommend the experience.
Every course that was brought to our table was a work of art and the taste was wonderful. The seafood lasagne and seafood risotto were the best I have ever experienced.
We were so full we hesitated about getting dessert but the dessert tray was so appealing we couldn't resist and were thankful that we tried some of the pastries.
We had read reviews of this restaurant and decided to try somewhere outside the centre of Venice for a change. We were not disappointed!
The atmosphere was wonderful, the food was delicious with absolutely excellent fish! The place was full of local Italians - always a good sign.
The waiters were extremely friendly and helpful, so much so that we let them chose the wine - again this was an excellent choice. We had our two teenage sons with us who also thoroughly enjoyed it.
We would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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