My sisters and I were in Venice recently and in our bid to find San Marco Square we took a few wrong turns, and strolled past Spaghetteria Pizzeria 6342 A Le Tole, where we saw the chef making fresh pasta in the window.
How we like it
Amongst the fresh rigatoni, taglatelle and squid ink spaghetti, the chef was making potato gnocchi; both my sisters and I go weak for gnocchi, so we made a reservation and perused the Palazzo Ducal until our table became available.
The restaurant is only small, and the visible kitchen, only a third of the restaurant, but size was no issue as we were served perfect plates of food. The attention to detail made my heart sing, not just in presentation, but flavour. The gnocchi was phenomenal. We all described it as creamy little clouds.
When we first went to the restaurant I tried the duck bagatelle, my sister the lobster and rigatoni and our older sister the gnocchi. Needless to say we all ate hers. My dish was fine, but it was a bit salty for my liking and there were mushrooms in the pasta too, not keen.
On our subsequent visits over the next three days we all ate the gnocchi. It was perfect.
With the gnocchi, as well as the service, impressing us, we had a look at the dessert menu and thought we'd get a trio of desserts so we could try each others. It was the best decision. I opted for the 'yogurt' with crushed raspberries (on a biscuit base) and my sisters had a mango cheesecake and five mini chocolate desserts. We all agreed mine was the favourite.
Admittedly, the first time we went we were a little surprised at the cost. We all had a main, a dessert and one drink each - a litre bottle of still water, coke and a glass of house red wine. The bill came to €78. We guessed per person that wasn't too bad, but we didn't think it would be so pricey considering the gnocchi was only €8 for a generous bowl of the good stuff.
With the service in mind, however, we didn't mind paying. It was a great lesson though - we sussed out the best meal, and clearly the most simple, worked.