Piazza Santa Fosca 29, Torcello, Venice
- Recommended for:
- Couples, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Celebrity spotting, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Locanda Cipriani
Not to be confused with the luxe hotel of the same name, the charming Locanda Cipriani on the tiny island of Torcello is a marvellous time-warp of a place set in a glorious garden. As well as a handful of simple rooms, the Locanda has a rather pricey restaurant which is open to non-residents. The food is reassuringly old-fashioned, like the attentive and very respectful service.
I find it quaintly comforting how nothing much ever changes at this lagoon classic where royals, A-list film stars, artists, musicians from Cole Porter to Mick Jagger and a host of other celebs have dined happily on Cipriani classics such as carpaccio (raw beef sliced paper-thin), risotto alla torcellana (with seasonal vegetables) and pesce sampietro (John Dory) fillet with tomatoes and capers. The desserts, in particular, are wonderfully reminiscent of special treats in an old-style children’s nursery.
The two inside dining rooms are simply elegant, their tables done out with crisp linen and heavy silver cutlery. In fine weather there’s more seating under a vine terrace in the garden, with views across to the lovely round church of Santa Fosca.
On the all-but-deserted lagoon island of Torcello, this old-style inn with its beautiful garden is surrounded by green.
Expect to pay around €80 for a three-course meal without wine.
More information on Locanda Cipriani:
- Price guide:
- Italian, Seafood, Traditional
- Piazza Santa Fosca 29, Torcello, Venice
- 041 730150
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Noon-3pm, 7-9pm. Closed Tue. Closed Jan.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Al fresco