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22 Jan, 2010

La Nuova Grotta

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Italian Food|Italy

After visiting the Ponte di Rialto, we made our way to the Piazza San Marco.

The water level has risen significantly in Venice. The water rise in Venice suspended some ferry and water taxi services in the lagoon city. We often see boat drivers lowering their heads when passing through smaller bridges.

A photo taken from Ponte dell’Accademia.

We finally arrived at the Piazza San Marco aka Saint Mark’s Square. The Saint Mark’s Basilica can be seen from the photo.

The Procuratie are three connected buildings on the St Mark’s Square. The oldest of the buildings is the Procuratie Vecchie on the north side of the Square, which can be seen from the photo. Saint Mark’s Square is the lowest point in the city. In the morning, tourists and the locals have to walk on the elevated walkways to allow access across the Square.

After a short walk from the Square, we arrived a Venice’s principal waterfront – Riva degli Schiavoni. The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute can be seen across the Grand Canal.

A photo taken near the infamous Ponte dei Sospiri. Unfortunately the Sospiri Bridge was closed for construction works during the time of our visit.

The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore located in the island of San Giorgio Maggiore can be seen from the Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront.

Along the streets in Venice, there are many shops and stalls selling Venetian masks. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival of Venice to hide the wearer’s identity and social status.

Since we still have time to spare before dinner time, we explored the east side of the island and arrived at Via Guiseppe Garibaldi.

There was a park in that area, known as Viale Guiseppe Garibaldi. It was rather serene and quiet.

Finally it’s time for dinner, something that we always look forward to ever since we set foot in Italy. Italian food was simply irresistible, suffice for me to say that if you fancy bread, cheese and tomato, Italy would be a food heaven to you!

There were displays of various seafood outside the restaurant.

The interior of the restaurant was romantic and comfortable. It was rather quiet when we went there, a nice place to chill after a long day of walking and travelling.

We were served with breads and breadsticks shortly after we placed our order. We were unaware that they actually charge for the bread. They were priced at €5.

We ordered a capricciosa pizza priced at €10. The pizza was topped with tomato, mozzarella cheese, ham, mushrooms and antichokes. Though it was topped with the simplest ingredients, the pizza tasted fantastic. The crust was thin and crispy, it was very juicy, cheesy and appetising. Every bite was sensational.

Just when we thought we’ve had the best main, the spaghetti ai fruitti di mare proved us wrong. The seafood spaghetti was excellent, probably one of the best pastas we’ve ever had in our life. Though a little overpriced at €15, the spaghetti was generously served with large mussels, clams and squids. The fresh seafood taste combined with the strong sense of white wine was fantastic, we love it so much that we longed to return for more.

After dinner, we walked back to the Saint Mark’s Square. The Procuratie were lighted up.

The next morning, we travelled back to the Piazzale Roma bus station to take our flight to Rome. The photo above was taken in Fondamenta Delle Burchielle, somewhere near the bus station. We bid farewell to Venice and say hello to Rome!

Restaurant Information
Calle delle Rasse, 358,
Castello, 4538
30122 Venezia,
Italy.
Tel: 041-2775746

6 Responses to "La Nuova Grotta"

1 | 追梦者

January 22nd, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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beautiful place, delicious dish ^^

2 | Jane

January 23rd, 2010 at 2:55 am

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beautiful!

3 | superwilson

January 23rd, 2010 at 11:01 am

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awesome!

4 | ♥-wanyi-♥

January 24th, 2010 at 12:47 am

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水城~呵呵
感觉这样的城市有它不一样的独特

5 | ai wei

January 24th, 2010 at 9:55 am

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what a beautiful place. so, sugar bean starts honeymoon-ing d lor??? hehehehe

6 | mimid3vils

January 26th, 2010 at 9:06 am

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I wonder how's the taste of the antichokes?

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