The “osteria” Ai
a typical Venetian “bacaro” meaning an informal restaurant
or wine bar where locals and tourist meet to have lunch and dine and also
savour Italian wines as well as imported beer.
The restaurant has a young atmosphere even though it has preserved its
traditional style and atmosphere.
At lunch time one finds a regular local clientele of professionals who
work in the nearby city hall, courts, and the Fenice opera house. While
for dinner it is a mix clientele of locals and tourists who can enjoy the
characteristic ambience and cuisine of Venice, always of the highest quality
and served with care for all the details.
Ai Assassini distinguishes itself by changing menu daily in order to explore
the different gastronomic specialities of the city and combine them with
the appropriate wines and side dishes:
Monday - Selection of white meats, (rabbit, chicken, duck, goose, pheasant …)
prepared according to the classical Venetian recipes and also delicious
soups of every kind.
Tuesday - Stewed or braised meats, (“spezzatino” stewed meat
in a fresh tomato sauce, “brassato” braised meat in a red wine
sauce, tripe, and liver done in the Venetian fashion ….)
Wednesday – “Bollito misto e salse” boiled meats with
selection of sauces and for starters fresh bean soup with radicchio of
Thursday – 5 different kinds of “baccalà”, cod
fish, with polenta.
Friday and Saturday – Traditional fish and seafood plates.
Sunday – Closed.
Of course everyday one can also find a vast selection of pasta dishes,
vegetables, and cheeses.
owner but coming from the word host which better describes him, is also
of the “voga alla veneta”, Venetian style of rowing with
one oar like the gondoliers.
In France, in the beautiful lagoon of Camargue, he founded a rowing club
which is named after his restaurant, “Montpellier Assassini