Pizzeria Trattoria Al Vecio Canton
THE RESTAURANT The name of our restaurant, Al Vecio Canton, is Venetian dialect for "al vecchio angolo", which literally means "on the old corner" and the restaurant does indeed stand on the corner at the end of calle Ruga Giuffa, in Castello. The Ruga Giuffa, just a few minutes' away from Piazza S. Marco, has very ancient origins. Its name derives from the French "rue" and the name of the Armenian city "Julfa". In the 1500s, merchants from Julfa, driven from their country by the King of Persia, settled in Venice, particularly in the Ruga Giuffa which connected (and still does today) S. Zaccharia with Campo S. Maria Formosa. The restaurant is situated on two floors. The upper floor is air-conditioned. Please contact owner and chef, Luca, if you would like to organize a special occasion for your friends, family or colleagues.
THE MENU The menu, created with attention to detail from the very best ingredients, reflects Luca's passion for fresh produce and creativity in the kitchen. Diners can choose from a variety of dishes that range from traditional local specialities to probably the best pizza to be found in Venice. The finest flour is mixed with natural mineral water and natural yeast to form a dough that is left to rise for a least 24 hours. The result is a light-as-air, crunchy crust. A popular second course is prime Irish T-bone steak, cooked directly at table on a granite slab, accompanied by truffle or red pepper sauce. In addition to the regular menu, Luca also prepares fish dishes that vary according to the season and to what is on sale at the Rialto fish market that morning. In the winter, for example, it is possible to enjoy a delicious plate of schie, tiny grey lagoon shrimps, sautéed in garlic-infused oil and served with soft, white polenta. The period that runs from October – November and again, in the early springtime around Lent, is the time to try moeche, tiny soft-shell crabs fried in batter. Moeche are a true Venetian speciality and have been awarded with the DOP label (protected denomination of origin). We offer a good selection of wines, mainly from producers in Friuli Venezia Giulia, but also from other regions in Italy. Particular attention has been given to choosing artisan beers, all produced at the Italian brewerys, 32 Via dei birrai, Redentore and Birra Gjulia (gluten free), famous for their commitment to quality, design and sustainability.
LOCATION The Al Vecio Canton Restaurant is in the heart of the historical center of Venice, in Castello, at the end of the Ruga Giuffa. The restaurant is a few minutes' away from Piazza S. Marco, from the Rialto Bridge and from the principal turistical attractions of Venice.