Review: Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel, Venissa, Venice
The boat into Venezia from Mazzorbo is just outside the house and is free for the 40 minute ride. We spent the day wandering round all the sights including the amazing Peggy Guggenheim museum and I highly recommend the food at Antiche Carampane and Corte Sconta for classic Venetian cuisine that is reasonably priced. Apologies to mention the boats again but if coming back late at night to the island you don’t want to miss the last boat at around 22.30. Anytime after that and the boats start to be irregular and often don’t turn up. I learnt this the hard way and at 1am forked out on another fancy taxi!
On Sunday I met the chef, Giuseppe in the kitchen to hear about the produce and their style of cooking. Thanks to the Michelin Starred restaurant the more casual dinning room called Osteria Contemporanea offers a spectacular menu serving classic Venetian food with a modern touch. Everything is locally sourced and picked up daily from the Rialto Market. There is particular focus on Venetian lagoon produce which means that it makes their food scene quite unique and hard to find back at home. I highly recommend their take on the iconic “Sarde in Soar”, chestnut macaroni with shrimp and guanciale finishing with a tiramisu.
We devoured everything while also making room to try their signature beverage. The vineyard is a family run business and it is at the heart of the whole establishment. They use vines called Golden Grape that were once thought to be practically extinct with only a few plants left hidden in some vegetable gardens. The bottles are tastefully designed by a famous glass-working artist from Murano called Giovanni Moretti and each one is slightly different using gold-leaf for the labels. The white wine had quite a high acidity and earthiness that I liked and it suited a dessert as well as savoury dishes. The owner’s dedication to the production is apparent at Venissa and the staff share in his love for it. It soon becomes evident that producing drink on a small island surrounded by salt water and a low tide has its difficulties but they have prevailed.