Osteria/Ristorante da Fiore, Venice

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Calle del Scaleter Nr. 2202

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    Da Fiore's balcony on the bottom right
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  • Da Fiore: Service is not slow

    by noloso Written Jul 28, 2012

    I think the noosance post saying that the service is slow and it took forever to get the check is due to cultural misunderstanding. Italians like to eat slowly. When you sit, you may not get a menu for some time. They assume that you are with friends or family, and want to talk. There is antipasto, and after you eat that, your given time to digest it. Maybe a half hour later you'll get the primo piatto, or first plate, often a pasta. At this time you'd be somewhat full, so the main course doesn't come for may 30-45 minutes, giving you time to digest what you've eaten so far. Then the main course comes. You'd be too full for desert at that moment, so again you wait for half an hour or so. Then, you linger over an espresso. A typical Italian meal in a restaurant will take a few hours, easily. It's considered rude to bring a diner one course after the other. The assumption is that you are out dining for the night and are with dear ones, and they don't want to rush you out. And, waiting for ever for the check is typical. In the USA they drop the check on the table while your still eating the main course. That would be reported to the manager in Italy. It's like telling the customer to get out. By making you wait, it's their way of saying they want you to stay, relax, enjoy yourself. Sometimes, they even expect you to ask for the check twice before they'll bring it. If you get the check right after eating, you are in a tourist trap eating lousy food. Da Fiore is one of the best restaurants in Italy, and has the Michelin star to prove it. Wine Spectator has called Da Fiore the best restaurant in Venice.

    Favorite Dish: Risotto and moleche. It's only available seasonally. A delicious type of crab sheds it's shell at a certain time, and becomes plumpy and delicious. It's a real venetian delicacy.

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  • Osteria da Fiore: By far the worst Michelin star restaurant

    by Noosance Written Jul 30, 2011

    1. Service was extremely slow (it was NOT busy at all)
    2. They put wine bottle far away, but never poored the wine themselves, we had to ask 5 or 6 times to refill our glasses
    3. The courses were not served in a smooth tempo, starter was very fast, fish course took forever
    4. Quality of the food: fish heavily overcooked (you would expect different form a star restaurant located IN the sea)
    5. Waited 1 hour to be able to pay the bill

    We will NEVER go back there and we advice not to go there, there are many nice non star Venetian restauarnts with much better service and food quality.

    This restaurant should not be mentioned in any guide other than negative.

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    Trattoria da Fiore: Excellent dinner!

    by mpileggi Written Jul 13, 2010

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    Lively place near Campo Santo Stefano. Good service too.

    Favorite Dish: I had an excellent dinner: Caprese - cherry tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella with basil and olive oil. I have to say it was the best mozzarella I've ever had. It was so creamy with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Next I had the lasagna Bolognese, which was very good. With ½ liter of white house wine, the bill came to 42 euros.

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    Da Fiore: Venetian Seafood Cuisine

    by MM212 Updated Apr 27, 2009

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    Da Fiore's balcony on the bottom right

    Considered one of the best Venetian restaurants, da Fiore serves local seafood cuisine. It is nicely tucked away in a narrow alley off an equally narrow canal in San Polo. The service is impeccable and the food is exquisite, enjoyed in a formal white tablecloth dining room. All of this luxury comes at a hefty price. Beware, it is expensive, but worth the extravagance. Please dress nicely!

    Favorite Dish: Da Fiore is famous for its frittura mista di pesce e verdura (fried seafood & vegetables).

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    Da Fiore: If you have the money...

    by Hopkid Written Mar 7, 2005

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    A special dining experience

    First class restaurant...perhaps the best in Venice. It's got a Michelin star to back that up. It's a bit difficult to find but once you're there the service is impeccable and the food devine! Foodies shouldn't miss this place! Book well in advance (I called as soon as we arrived in Venice, 6 days in advance).

    Favorite Dish: Small fried soft shell crabs, bigoli in salsa

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