Al Garanghelo

Address: Calle dei Botteri, San Polo 1570, Venice, Italy
Telephone: 041 721721

- Mid-range

4.5

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
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
4.2
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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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation

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