This village is a tiny Venice, with canals and picturesque bridges. It is quite photographic.
If I ever offered a watercolor outing for American painters, this would be one of the places they would come before heading north to Venice.
There is also an intersting fishing boat harbor minutes away--follow the canal to the sea. You can't miss it.
Here is a short foto description of the walk through the festival and what you will find there. If you come on a weekend with good weather, you will be pleased to see this. Plan to spend several hours walking to the end and back.
Here is a photo description of the preperation and cooking of the eel.
You can buy it on the pedestrian walkway, from the many restaurants and bars or from the festival barbecue area.
Corso Garibaldi 78, Comacchio, 44022, Italy
Good for: Couples
We found it difficult to find seating anywhere in the Festival spending too much time walking around and not planning ahead. This Trattoria gave us a reservation with a wait of 45 minutes, in which we used this waiting time to visit and taste some wines of the area.
Service was slow, but expected as they were overwhelmed with customers out for the fine day of good weather.
I would recommend this trattoria to anyone visiting the Festival or for any other time of the year.
Favorite Dish: We had an assorted appetizer--see below.
I ordered the barbecued eel, you can also have it fried.
You will also see fried seafood as a choice.
Most of the diners were ordering polenta, but I chose fried potatoes.
I saw a nearby diner having clams and mussels in red sauce over spaghetti. It looked great.
At the begining of October Comacchio have a big festival to celebrate its most known product, the eel (Anguilla). The lagoon near Comacchio have always been used to breed eels and every restaurant in town serve BARBECUE EEL as main specialty.
During the festival you can decide to have lunch at the municipality food stand, it is usually cheaper than a real restaurant but as good. You will eat sitting at a sort of picnic table under a big tent, if your group does not fill a table you will probably have to share it with other customer. This is actually part of the fun.
We went there during a Sunday and restaurants and stand were really crowded. Make sure you decide where to have your meal and, if you pick a restaurant, make a reservation as soon as you decided which one, in case you pick the stand, try to go early, around 12, italians eat later and you will not have to stand in line forever to get a seat.
Eel are NOT my favourite fish... it feels kind of weird to eat something that, alive, look like a serpent.... but they are a must of Comacchio. If you do not have the "guts" to try those, you can have lots of other fish and pasta.
Beside the eels, during the festival the city organize also food markets and other activities.
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If you plan to eat eel at this festival I would suggest eating a bit earlier than normal because after 1:30 the restaurants and festival food area fills up. Seating is difficult and you may have to wait as I did for over an hour.
If you go to a restaurant do not expect the best and quickest service as the festival overloads the cook staff and it is difficult to keep up with the overwhelming crowds. It is best to go with the mind set of eating slowly and enjoying your friends, etc.
I would also recommend that you make a reservation at a restaurant when you first arrive. Then you can return and find a place to sit.