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Ristorante Venanzio

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Piazza Palestro 3, 54033 Colonnata, Italy
+39 0585 758033
09:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
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Mon - Wed 19:00 - 23:00
Fri - Wed 09:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 19:00 - 23:30
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Richmond, Virginia
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We were dropped in Colonnata by our guide after touring the marble mines. She suggested that we try this little family place, and we were so glad we did! Although we struggled with language a bit, the owner was so kind and so forgiving of my terrible Italian. The decor is simple, but the food is DIVINE. Everyone loved their... More 

1 Thank Pecadora
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257 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

What a nice cozy restaurant, with a peacock welcomimg us in front of it, The food is tasty and fresh, especially the pasta. I usually avoid eating lardo, but not this one, it was very tasty and way better than what I used to eat

Thank Gaby-Khoriaty
Wellington, Florida
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135 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Came upon it by accident and found it delightful. It is in the center of a small town and we enjoyed exploring the town after having lunch. We loved the cheese plate but did not like the house wine. We ordered a bottle of local wine called Niccolo V and found it quite good with the pasta dishes.

Thank Ken J
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231 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Very tasty family restaurant. Local lard is a must to try. Also great local pasta. Very nice ambience and service.

Thank anvas
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245 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

Very good place that I appreciated again coming here with the family during Easter holiday The hospitality is warm and the ambience is special with photos of the marble caves and the human work within this marble tradition. The menu is centered on lardi di Colonnata plus truffle dishes the latter being motivated by the richness of business lunches occurring... More 

1 Thank SCaboto
Hauppauge, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

Relatively close to my home base of Carrara while in Italy, but well worth seeking out if you're anywhere in the area. We've visited at various times of the year; the Lardo, is, of course, fantastic- creamy, perfectly seasoned, so tender that it melts in your mouth and surprisingly light (considering its basically raw pork fat). However, on our previous... More 

Thank afv123
Milan, Italy
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

Nice restaurant in the main square of the village. Good service and nice people although some of our party were well known to them, which helped. Selection of anitpasti were great, especially the Lardo which they get from a "special source", I was told. But it was the best lardo I've tasted. We had a couple of primi course which... More 

Thank Andy D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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242 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

One of our very favorites, Venanzio combines the divine food, splendid location up above Carrara, wonderful welcoming of Roberto, with partner, Alessio (amazing chef) and Anna, Roberto's wife. We love the choice aperitivi (see pictures), the red house wine...well, we love everything we have ever eaten here. Always we bring friends and, always!, they thank us for introducing us to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

we drove to here in a dark rainy night from Versilia up to the marble mountains. the trip itself is unique because you drive in narrow roads surrounded of hgh white mountains as it is snow but it is indeed arble. you reach a small village that is Colonnata and in the main marble lined square you find Venanzio. perfect... More 

Thank SCaboto
Houston, Texas
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51 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2012

Colonnato is a neat little town in the mountains next to the Carrara Marble quarries. This restaurant was very enjoyable too. It's a great side trip when in this part of Italy. The food here is traditional local fare with Lardo being featured. It's very good and not expensive.

Thank davesmall

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 41 - USD 69
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Buffet
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 14:30
09:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 14:30
19:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza Palestro 3, 54033 Colonnata, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Massa Carrara  >  Colonnata
  • Phone Number: +39 0585 758033
The restaurant is located in the heart of the Apuane Alps,in the main square of Colonnata. Our cuisine is a blend of culinary traditional and innovative and delicious flavors, such as the "ravioli with wild herbs" or "rabbit stuffed with lardo with sliced ​​almonds." We organize buffet, working lunch and we have a lot of proposals for groups. The restaurant has two dining rooms, one indoor (50-seat) and one outdoor gazebo (20-seat) in the main square of marble.

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