Antiche Carampane is another old favorite, which albeit hard to find, is well worthy the effort. They start you off on the right foot with a cone of fried shrimp that never cease to please. Colette then had mussels and clams with a fantastic tomato sauce that was rich and spicy, necessitating much sopping up with their fine bread. I on the other had the almost endless mixed seafood with a whole sole, half of which Colette dipped in her sauce, much to her delight. With our coffees we enjoyed a plate if cookies that were delicious. At this point we were both satiated and off to our separate pursuits. Our bill with a bottle of water, one of wine,, a grappa and 2 coffees, was 105.50€.
DaTura in the Hotel Bologna in Mestre is a place I chanced on when I asked the hotel, maybe 8 years ago, to make some reservations for me and the Concierge said "Of course, Sir, but how about eating at the city's Number 3 restaurant?" "Oh, and what might that be," said I. "DaTura," he said, "right here." And by George, he was right and I've been coming every two years since. Tonite, Colette ordered a divine sea bream, oven cooked with cauliflower, creamed with a cheese influenced Bechamel sauce and I had the very very very best spaghetti with clams I've ever had. To finish we had their two-cream dessert, which was superb. Our bill, with a bottle of water and one of wine plus a grappa was 57.15€.