Although we had several fantastic meals during our week-long visit to Venice, there was one restaurant that we enjoyed so much we booked a return visit for dinner on our last night.
In my previous posts, I’ve talked about how to find great food in Venice, shared our favourite places to eat cicchetti, and favourite places to eat pizza in Venice. Coming soon is a post about a charming Venetian coffee shop where you can enjoy coffee, cake and calming greenery.
Read on to discover a wonderful restaurant to visit for lunch or dinner.
Located in the laidback Castello neighbourhood, Nevodi describes itself as an ‘enoteca, cicchetteria e cucina tradizionale (traditional kitchen)‘; its culinary roots are classic Italian, but with an overlay of innovation. The restaurant name (which means ‘nephews’ in Venetian) references a pair of cousins who work alongside their uncle, providing a friendly and down-to-earth service and some truly delicious cooking.
The Di Tutto un Po’..rk (€15), described as ‘Mangaliza porchetta, sauris salami, Sicialian mortadella and other specialities‘ was so good we ordered it as a starter both times we visited. A generous selection of four or five different charcuterie products were served with a dish of zingy, crunchy, fizzy giardiniera pickled vegetables, made fresh every day. Perfect against the fatty meat!
On our first visit, we also ordered La Vera Caprese (€12), a simple dish of a whole buffalo mozzarella with Sant’Erasmo tomatoes and salad. Simple, fresh and the tomato had a lot more flavour than its colour suggests.
On our second meal at Nevodi, we ordered Il Crudo di Rialto (€22), a selection of raw fish from the Rialto market so sweet and fresh it was an utter delight.
For a second, when the Gnocchi al Ragu di Anatra (€13, gnocchi with duck ragout) was placed on the table, I was a bit disappointed. The pale colour of the ragu didn’t promise much flavour and looked nothing like I was expecting.
The first mouthful showed me how utterly ignorant I was – an explosion of flavour against the comforting pillowiness of fresh soft gnocchi. Luckily, we were sharing both mains, so I didn’t have to suffer the intense food envy I would have experienced had this dish been Pete’s and Pete’s alone!
Our other shared main during our first meal at Nevodi was the Ravioli Ripieni al Tartufo Nero e Ricotta Fresca (€16, ravioli filled with black truffle and fresh ricotta cheese). The freshness of the ricotta made for the most wonderfully light texture, with a fantastic punch of flavour from the black truffle. So utterly simple, and yet so very good!
On our second visit, Pete chose the Lasagne classiche con Ragu di Sorana (€14), which was every bit as rich, meaty and delicious as the duck ragu gnocchi. Sorana beef, I think, is beef from a young female cow, and evidently makes for a tender, well-flavoured ragu.
On the day of our return visit, I chose the daily special of lamb chops (€18), these came breaded, with the bones French-trimmed, making it easy to eat them like lollipops. They were served with classic rosemary-roasted potatoes and a simple salad.
I’m amazed we had space for dessert on either visit, but really we just didn’t want such a fabulous meal to finish, on either occasion. We are fussy about our tiramisu, both preferring a moist tiramisu with a light and creamy texture rather than a dense and cheesy one. The Nevodi tiramisu looked dry visually, but again, looks were deceiving, and it was perfection to eat! So good we ordered the same again on visit number two!
Service in the restaurant was friendly, but busy, as you should expect in a clearly very popular local eatery such as this – the customer base was a good mix of regulars and first timers. Given the demand, we were very glad we made a dinner reservation a couple of days in advance for our last night in Venice. We were welcomed and looked after on both visits, and really appreciated the convivial atmosphere. The food, of course, we adored; note that the menu changes regularly to reflect the best available ingredients of the season, so don’t set your heart on a specific dish above – go, check out the menu and see what you fancy!
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