Rosa Salva

Address: Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), Castello 6779, Venice, Italy
Telephone: 041 5227949

- Budget

4.1

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
4.3
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Service
4
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Food and drink
4.3
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Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
4.2
90%
Location
4.3
90%

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.

Branches

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

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • People watching
  • Relaxation

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