Anice Stellato offers a unique Venetian experience tucked far away from the tourist crowd. While it’s still on the main island, getting here will be a trip but one that will be well worth it. The clientele is mostly local with a good dose of well informed travelers. The food is reinterpreted Italian; a fresh take on what you’d get elsewhere. Reservations are a must. We saw many walk-ins turned away not for a lack of tables but only because the restaurant didn’t have a good enough selection left. It’s one of the few that shops for food in the morning, cooks as much as they think they will serve, and if they run low walk-ins will not be accepted. We were not disappointed with almost anything we had. Unfortunately, my pasta appetizer was obviously left n the oven for too long and came out dry. Otherwise, the wine and food were outstanding. Weather permitting, you can eat outside. The best tables are adjacent to the low-use canal. Those are mostly four-tops; most two-tops are next to the building. When it turns inclement, they open an additional area inside the restaurant. It’s not very appealing and drastically reduces the number of available seats. That said, the best inside table for two is right opposite the door next to the bar counter – intimate yet evocative, spacious, and airy. The restaurant has been family run for decades and is now transitioning to one of their long-time staff members. So, this review is not completely warranted. However, given what we saw, there is no reason to believe things will drastically change. Consider Anice Stellato a gem.
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