Corte Sconta

Address: Calle del Pestrin, Castello 3886, Venice, Italy
Telephone: 041 5227024

- Expensive

4.7

Excellent seafood in this Venetian restaurant classic.

The seafood-only Corte Sconta has become a bit of a Venetian classic, with well-informed visitors dropping by on every trip. But though the standard of cooking remains generally high and the fish exceptionally fresh, the owners – the Proietti family – seem to be resting a little on their laurels. Just as well, then, that the pretty leafy courtyard remains a very pleasant place to eat.

Food and drink
4.8
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Service
4
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Food and drink
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4.7
90%

Food and drink

Unless you insist, you won’t be offered a menu – something I find annoying – and you will be actively encouraged to begin your meal with Corte Sconta’s trademark procession of seafood antipasti, including wonderful clams in ginger. They are, it has to be said, generally excellent (and, for the record, cost 27 euros per person). But be warned: the quantities are large and you may not require much afterwards… so unless you’re a big eater, don’t order your pasta and main course until you’ve seen what’s coming. The pasta is all home-made; the fish is as fresh as can be. The creamy zabaione is justly famous.

Ambience

You’ll mostly find tourists in this well-known restaurant which priced itself out of the trattoria-for-locals market some time ago.

Service

Whether you’re treated with courtesy or not can depend on whether you agree to allow the restaurant to serve you what they think you should have.

Location

Not easy to find, Corte Sconta is between the lagoon-side Riva degli Schiavoni and the Arsenale.

Price advice

For a full meal without wine, expect to pay about 60 euros a head.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Special occasions

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