When I want to eat typical Venetian dishes in a friendly atmosphere in the center of Venice, “Cantina Do Spade” is the first name to come to my mind! I always recommend it to those who come to Venice, because it is a place that combines three things that I care about very much: great food and wine with a love for Venice and its traditions, and the desire to innovate and work with the great professionalism of the locals.
Do Spade is not exactly just a restaurant, it is in fact an “osteria” and a “bacaro” in the Venetian sense of the terms, a place where people do far more than just eat and drink. First mentioned back in 1448, Cantina Do Spade is a historic piece of Venice. From the mid-1900 to the present it continues to be a typical, popular evening place to socialize and exchange ideas over one (or many!) glasses of wine (“ombra”) or a spritz, invariably accompanied by a “cicchetto”.
Today Do Spade is also an excellent restaurant that offers delicious dishes, including an excellent variety of fried fish and/or vegetables, seasonal risotto and much more. My favourite? The “frittura mista” and the zucchini flower stuffed with cod (baccalà mantecato)!
I love this place because it manages to keep the local tradition alive thanks to the people who are there: both customers and the great staff of Do Spade.