Ca Leon Ristorante Cicchetteria & Wine Bar: "Hotel Recommended!" Venice Restaurant Tip by starship
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On the recommendation of our hotel, our first evening meal in Venice was taken at " ' Ca Leon Ristorante Cicchetteria & Wine Bar". Located on a quiet side canal, 'Ca Leon features tables canal-side but also a cozy and visually interesting interior decor. We chose a table by the window, hoping for the best of both worlds. The two-room restaurant, divided by a wall, nicely separated the one side holding only a few dining tables and the other featuring banquettes with a trio of tiny tables for the wine bar. Warm woods, stone, mosaics, paintings, red table linens, shiny glass cases and a lovely bar appealed to me immediately.
We had the restaurant to ourselves for quite a while which allowed service to be very prompt but still without much warmth. The four of us all chose a pasta dish, ranging from speghetti with prawns to cannelloni with spinach and smoked mozzarella. Along with two glasses of wine, a large bottle of water and a Fanta ( + cappucinos??), the bill totaled 89 Euros----very reasonable for Venice, but still about $140 with our highly unfavorable exchange rate.
Still, I enjoyed the meal because our family was together in this magnificent city, and I admit that looking out on that quiet, beautiful canal scene and the artsy red & black restaurant decor added to my enjoyment of 'Ca Leon that evening.
Favorite Dish: My husband and son enjoyed their meals of speghetti with prawns as I did with my spinach and mozzarella cannelloni. However, after viewing the restaurant's cozy wine bar made me wish for a casual cappuccino, glass of wine or cocktail or snack just to be in that area of the restaurant (see photo below)!! Perhaps on our next visit!
Address: Santa Croce, 215
Price Comparison: about average
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