This small tavern doubles as a wine shop. It serves quick meals mostly comprised of fish and meat preparations. The dining ... More
This small tavern doubles as a wine shop. It serves quick meals mostly comprised of fish and meat preparations. The dining room and tables are tiny but the food is excellent. Unsurprisingly the wine list here is very good. There are also wine tasting sessions.
The setting - our 25th Wedding Anniversary, returning to our honeymoon destination, all dressed up, ready for a romantic meal - using recommendations from web site reviews and our local rep - we decided on Vino Vino.
We thought we had become invisible as we were ignored for nearly half an hour, we were about to leave when the waitress, along with stale bread, arrived. (During our wait I had to use the toilet - more on this later!)
However, as it was now getting quite late, we made the decision to stay (second mistake of the evening!) and ordered our starter - pasta soup (9.50euro) and vegetarian lasagne (10.00euro) (bowl of mixed salad (7.00 euro) plus a bottle of wine (17.00euro) and water (3.00 euro).
We waited some time for our food to arrive - during this time a group of 7 Italians arrived, orders were taken, delivered and next course orders taken! Still, we enjoyed our wine, talked and waited. Our food arrived - pasta soup was tasty but the vegi lasagne was luke warm, undercooked and tiny. I wanted to complain but we were both hungry and did not want to make a fuss on our anniversary.
Between courses my husband went to use the toilet - whilst he was out of the room the waitress rushed over and told me (quite loudly) that I was wrong to use the toilet I had previously used and must use the other one. I was embarrassed and shocked. When my poor husband came back from his "visit" I had asked for the bill, my coat on and waiting to pay. Luckily her agreed that he did not want to spend another minute or euro in the place.
Total bill for long awaited, small, undercooked, stale, food was 50.50 euro - not cheap for a starter and wine. we did know that Venice, and in particular the St. Marco area was expensive and expected a total bill of around 100 euros that evening - and therefore we had made the decision to pay by card. Same waitress then loudly announced for all to hear "NO CREDIT CARDS!" Suddenly there was a bit of a ripple of conversation and customers looking in wallets and bags! Luckily we had enough euros between us and paid the bill with no tip.
On our way out we looked for indication and or a sign about the no credit/debit card rule - there was none. In fact I was so incensed by this that the following day we checked again in case we had missed it, but we could see no indication on the menu, window or tables advising customers of this.
We returned to our hotel room and ate a packet of crisps washed down with G and Ts.
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