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Ai Cugnai

#135 of 1,205 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
Wed - Mon 12:00 - 15:00
18:15 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent value for money. Fresh salads and pasta. Very good house wine! Friendly and focused staff.

Thank Lassi L
Frederick, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service! The sea bass and beef tenderloin w/peppers were superb! Delightful evening! TripAdvisor lists hours of operation incorrectly - they ARE open for dinner 6-10 pm! Give this little hidden find a chance and you won't be disappointed!

Thank Saudiologist
Lenoir City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A delightful, small restaurant hidden away on a small street near the Ponte dell' Accademia. The service was excellent, very friendly servers and the food was reasonably priced for Venice and very tasty.

Thank ToprodChicago
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is worth to return to every year. We were never disappointed. This year on a neigbouring table a plate with mussels was served. Beautiful done with a baked cover. Very surprising and according to my neighbour absolutely delicious. We ourselves had fish with citrus: perfect!

Thank Ronald B
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The food was very good, but what made it memorable was the wait staff. Table of 10 native Italians, which would have been enough to handle (only 3 waiters and waitresses); but they treated us very well. Took time to give us some Italian lessons, even.

Thank iamguinnessman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This was one of the best dining experiences we had in Venice. Unpretentious, well prepared Venetian food in a simple osteria packed with both locals and tourists. We had a big, shared plate of spaghetti with scampi and chanterelles after our visit to the Guggenheim. The service was great as well: friendly and to the point.

Thank timoroso
Pudsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here on our final evening in Venice. I ordered the fish soup for starter, and it was superb, lots of fresh fish and shellfish in the soup, excellently prepared. Main was a beef dish, again very well prepared. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank kingduncan81
Virum, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Good meal, great pasta, very friendly staff and very reasonably priced. A great start to a great vacation.

Thank Camilla W
Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a hidden gem that we accidentally found on our way from Santa Croce to our hotel in Dorsoduro. Our first lunch was pasta with clams for my wife and shrimp pasta for myself, accompanied by a bottle of house Merlot. Our second lunch was pasta with seafood with glasses of wine followed by capuccinos & shared tiramisu. Being... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We were just walking around and it started to lightly rain, we ducked into this place luckily found a table and had a really delicious meal. Good service,reasonable prices.

Thank jeremy t

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic
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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