Rosa Salva

Price guide: Budget

Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), Castello 6779, Venice

Price guide: Budget

Rosa Salva

By Anne Hanley, your Venice expert

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#29 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Venice
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, People watching, Relaxation

Expert review of Rosa Salva

The Rosa Salva family’s flagship café is a good place for caffè, cakes, aperitivi and gelati.

The flagship café-bar of the Rosa Salva empire, with its prime position opposite the magnificent Dominican church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, is a great place to relax at an outside table and savour a cappuccino and one of the delicious pastries that the family is justly famous for. Even though the place exudes a sense of timeless belonging, it’s not immediately clear that this is just the public front of a major catering concern that has been operating since the 1870s, with five generations of Rosa Salvas feeding crowds at big weddings and christenings.

Food and drink: 

An attention to detail, and the very best home-made versions of classic Venetian cakes and pastries are guaranteed. The classically creamy ice-cream is all home-made.

Ambience: 

I love to drop by here for tea, especially on cold days when the warren of little rooms fills up with young mothers and their cake-munching offspring who can then work off their sugar rush in the campo outside. But there’s always a crowd of locals at the tables overlooking the great church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo at aperitivi time too.

Service: 

The ladies who serve here are competently brisk.

Location: 

By the side of the church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, in the northern Castello sestiere.

Price advice: 

As always in Italian cafés, prices vary depending on whether you sit (with further variations for inside and out) or consume at the counter.

Other useful branches: 

Rosa Salva has handy, very central branches at Calle Fiubera, San Marco 951 and Marzaria San Salvador, San Marco 5020.

More information on Rosa Salva:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Coffee shop, Ice-cream parlour
Food:
Ice cream, Italian, Snacks
Address:
Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), Castello 6779, Venice
Telephone:
041 5227949
Website:
http://www.rosasalva.it
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
7.30am-8.30pm. Closed Wed.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco, Quick bites

Have you been to Rosa Salva? Would you recommended it?