Al Garanghelo

Price guide: Mid-range

Calle dei Botteri, San Polo 1570, Venice

Price guide: Mid-range

Renato at Al Garanghelo

By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
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Ambience:
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Service:
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Location:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
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Expert review of Al Garanghelo

Freshest of ingredients and a friendly welcome in this osteria near the Rialto.

Garanghelo is an old Venetian word for noisy conviviality and that’s what you’ll find in this low-ceilinged family-run bàcaro not far from the Rialto market. Stall-holders nip in and out through the day to munch on the excellent cicheti ranged on the long, polished-wood bar.

Food and drink: 

You can perch at the bar, and make a meal out of bar snacks, which range from polenta with mushrooms to meatballs or halibut in spicy tomato sauce. But I prefer to squeeze on to one of the handful of tables in the dark low-ceilinged interior, presided over by the charming, chatty Annalisa, and experience cook Renato’s take on Venetian classics such as pasta with secole (beef), seafood risotto or squid stewed in its own ink. On my last visit Renato presented me with a huge, mouth-watering plateful of the very freshest seafood tasters. There’s always a good range of steamed and grilled vegetables, and the budino del doge – a creamy almond-flavoured treat – is delicious.

Ambience: 

Market traders and regulars outnumber tourists, though visitors, too, are given a warm welcome.

Service: 

Family-run and very friendly.

Location: 

A short walk from the market by the Rialto bridge.

Price advice: 

A 16 euro special will get you a ‘piatto unico’: a simple pasta course, main course and a side-dish too. For three more ambitious courses, your bill might go up to 35 euros a head.

More information on Al Garanghelo:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Wine bar
Food:
Italian, Seafood, Traditional
Address:
Calle dei Botteri, San Polo 1570, Venice
Telephone:
041 721721
Website:
http://www.algaranghelo.it
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm. Closed Wed, and Sun evening.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Cheap eats, Quick bites

Have you been to Al Garanghelo? Would you recommended it?