We first heard about Quadri from a Venice-based dentist (thanks, Fabio, if you read this!) that we met in Anguilla when we told him we were planning a foodie-centric Italy trip ... This dinner, on our first RESTED night in Venice, was the first reservation we made in advance and our expectations were high (and yes, we knew the price would be too!)
After a brief stroll around the waterfront and St. Mark's, we headed into Quadri, to a beautiful room on the second floor ... very old world yet somehow modern as well.
Hubby and I had opted for the three-course meal for 160 euro apiece, knowing we'd pick from each other's plates ... But first, we ordered our very first bottle of BAROLO, something we'd been incredibly excited about ... as hubby put it, "not too complex but somehow light and full-bodied at the same time and perfect for our meal." We even took a picture of the bottle LOL, as presented by "Nonno," the "grandfather of wine" (who, like everyone we interacted with at Quadri, was incredibly kind of delightful!
Every sip of that wine was exquisite and flavorful.
One thing (among many) that I really loved about Quadri, and don't see that often, is that you can choose a few items from one section of the tasting menu rather than being limited to one from each section.
After enjoying amuse bouches of tiny quail egg, a little fried pizza and a tartlet with Gorgonzola and beets (I let hubby have both of the latter, since gorgonzola and beets are on my do not eat list), we received our first courses.
I started with a burrata ravioli which was without exaggeration a revelation! Served in a tomato and shellfish sauce of clams and cuttlefish, the melted burrata burst out of the ravioli in my mouth and was absolutely one of the "best bites" I had in all of my two weeks in Italy! This is now on my list of things I HAVE to learn how to make myself.
Hubby's first course was equally amazing ... raw beef carpaccio rolls filled with raw shrimp, with a creamy anchovy sauce and caviar.
My second course was a perfectly done (for me that means rare) sliced steak with oyster sauce.while hubby had the fritto misto. This last, for hubby, was probably the item he'd rank last on the list ... good, but not "astonishing."
Dessert, though, put us right back on the upswing. I had peach pastry with lavender ice cream which was amazing ... I adore lavender as a scent and bath treat but it can be tricky in food in that if it is too heavy-handed my food, well, smells like bubble bath but this was magnificent and a great pairing of flavors with the pastry light as air.
Hubby had the "chocolate crock" which does not begin to do justice to a work of chocolate-lovers' art. We assumed it would be a pudding or a mousse ... instead, it was a rhapsody of a chocolate napoleon, exquisitely constructed right down to the gold leaf on the top.
For me, just having Baby's First Barolo, the kind and uncondescending service, and the beauty of the room with the view of the square at evening would have been enough for our first non-sleepy night in Venice but this whole meal was memorable and wonderful!
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