Osteria al Garanghelo, Venice

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Osteria al Garanghelo
Osteria al Garanghelo

During my last visit to Venice I was lucky to discover “Osteria al Garanghelo” http://www.garanghelo.com/ita-index.htm and enjoyed eating and drinking there. The Osteria is located in the area of Castello, very near the Arsenale, on via Garibaldi.

In spite of the hords of tourists in Venice, the Osteria was also frequented by the locals, which right from the beginning was a very good sign. The sea breeze reaches the Osteria and you can enjoy your lunch or dinner al fresco.

One of the two brothers – owners is Simone, who suggested the dishes that follow.

Folpetti - Uova di Seppie
Folpetti - Uova di Seppie

This is a mixed dish of boiled folpetti (little octopi) and cuttlefish eggs. Delicious! But wait until you see the detail that follows.

 

 The "stuffed" folpetto
 
The “stuffed” folpetto

 Simone took the initative to serve one of the folpetti as it came out of the sea, taking out only the mouth and eyes. He explained to me this is how they eat it in his town on the island of Palestrina, near Venice. I had something similar in Palermo, Sicily, but the octopus was not that little! The Venetian folpetto was a miracle of tastes!

 

Frittura di pesce misto fresco
Frittura di pesce misto fresco

Simone then served the mixed fried seafood, which was perfectly prepared, everything was full of the aromas of the sea and even the squid was tender.