Food and drink
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.
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions