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Ai Cugnai

#136 of 1,232 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Dorsoduro / Accademia
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Centro Storico piscina del Forner No. 857, 30123 Venice, Italy
+39 041 528 9238
12:00 - 15:00
18:15 - 22:00
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Wed - Mon 12:00 - 15:00
18:15 - 22:00
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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226 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unimpressed by the food here - we were a party of 6 getting lunch here in December. The food was substandard - pasta sauces uninspiring. It was convenient to our rental apartment and had great reviews but we did not enjoy the food at all. The meat and cheese platters were OK but the pasta dishes were bland. I think... More 

Thank Travel33871
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, especially fish dishes, at reasonable prices but made better by the lovely friendly welcome and excellent service. Full of locals too.

Thank Anthony H
Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was waved off of another location by the concierge at our hotel. He said that this is a place he takes his family regularly so I didn't know what to expect other than basic, reliable quality. I was in for a surprise. Every single thing put in front of me was fantastic. The muscles in marinara was in the... More 

Thank Joe N
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited in the early evening of a midweek day in November. I was the only customer during the time I was there. There were two people at a table in front of me, that I took to be either management or owners. One of them was on her mobile phone for the entire time I was in the restaurant.... More 

Thank RobinKABZ
Vidin, Bulgaria
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very polite owner; excellent service; very tasty food;Even it is small , it is cozy and has that special Italian style. I would recommend to anyone who wants good meal in calm and characteristic place; reasonable price

Thank marjiBulgaria
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here with new friends for our first social meeting. The room was cosy and the attention we received was excellent. Some unusual dishes. I thought that at 138€ for six of us was good value for money

Thank veniceanorak
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We tried the spaghetti with black sauce and the spaghetti carbonara, both of them were amazing! The prices were normal for Venice and their house wine was one of the best we have ever tried! Service was great also! It's a small restaurant, in a location easy to find, and it's worth the visit.

Thank Ελεαννα Τ
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We went here on out last night . I wish we had found it sooner . Was the best meal we had in Venice. The staff were friendly and we got the feeling it was a family run restaurant. I had the chocolate dessert it was amazing .

Thank Ronnie S
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223 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Four of us has a very decent lunch here - all had seafood risotto after sharing from mixed antipasti seafoods. Good food and nothing goes wrong with the service. Definitely worth a non nonsense lunch if in the area.

Thank johnsuggestions
New York City, New York
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322 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

One of the best meals on our Milan - Verona - Venice trip. Great Food, service and prices. Excellent food. BEST Gnocchi I've ever tasted (I don't even like gnocchi) in creamy butter sauce. Fantastic pasta in spicy sauce with shrimp. Excellent Taglia steak. My husband loved his squid ink fish with polenta (seppia Nero). Really great tiramisu. Fair and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:15 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:15 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:15 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:15 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:15 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:15 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Centro Storico piscina del Forner No. 857, 30123 Venice, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Neighbourhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
  • Phone Number: +39 041 528 9238

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Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighbourhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighbourhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbours exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.
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