Leslie’s Venice

Many of my friends and clients ask me about places to stay, things to do and places to eat when in Venice, so here is a brief list of some of my favourites.  I will be adding new favourites occasionally so stay in touch!

Some Favorite Hotels, Locanda and B&Bs:
-Hotel Cipriani - 5 star oasis situated on the Giudecca – www.hotelcipriani.com
-Hotel San Clemente Palace - 5 star hotel situated on the private island of San Clemente - www.sanclemente.hotelinvenice.com
-Ca’ Pisani Hotel - 4 star hotel in 15th C. palazzo situated in the Dorsoduro district near the Accademia Gallery - www.capisanihotel.it
-Ca’ della Corte - 3 star hotel situated in the Dorsoduro district near the Scuola Grande di San Rocco- Caterina the owner will take great care of you -
-Hotel Locanda San Barnaba - 3 star hotel situated in the Dorsoduro district and just around the corner from Genninger Studio - www.locanda-sanbarnaba.com
-Fujiyama - Great hideaway with beautiful little court yard for the special jasmine bud teas served at this B & B situated in the Dorsoduro district down the street from Genninger Studio - www.bedandbreakfast-fujiyama.it

Special Snacks and Drinks:
-"Spritz al Bitter" - An aperitif….. in the late afternoon you’ll notice people sitting in outdoor cafes and bars enjoying their aperitif. Try a spritz or prosecco for a nice way to enjoy the end of a special Venetian afternoon.
-"Prosecco - Bellini - Tea" with a view - Gritti Palace Hotel Terrace Bar on the Grand Canal for an elegant afternoon drink or tea.
-"Cicchetti" - Typical Venetian snacks, bites or tapas you can enjoy late morning or late afternoon. In the Dorsoduro District: Al Bottegon già Schiavi on Rio de San Trovaso is great for Venetian "ombra" and "cicchetti".
-"Gelato" - Head next door for the best Pistachio ice cream at Gelateria San Trovaso. Another great gelato place is Il Doge, which is close by in Campo Santa Margherita.
-"Incredible Hot Chocolate" with fresh whip cream – Cafè Florian in Piazza San Marco---go to the back bar where you can sit at the bar stools and read the international newspapers and get a discount off the table prices...and sip this most wonderful treat!

Some Favorite Restaurants:

-"A Beccafico" delightful sea food with Tunisian touch, huge portions easy to share. The seabass/branzino sotto sale or the mussel soup steamed in their own liquid under pizza crust are our favorite. Ask for Adeli or his brother Dali. Located in lovely Campo Santo Stefano great out door dininig. Tel. 041 5274879 www.abeccafico.com
-"Do Farai" – situated in the Dorsoduro district and specialize in fish, shellfish dishes and table side “carpaccio” of sea bass. Tell the owners Dino and Stefano that I say "Hello Boys". Tel. 041 277 0369
-"Ai Artisti" – great lunch place for a fast fresh pasta, an array of vegetables or a nice big salad - situated in the Dorsoduro district along the Rio della Toletta. 
Tel. 041 5238944
-"Alla Madonna" – a great traditional experience for wonderful Venetian cuisine near the Rialto Bridge. Lucio the owner and his staff are wonderful. Tel. 041 52 23 824
-"Acqua Pazza" – Wonderful Amalfitano cuisine in one of the most beautiful campos in Venice, Campo Sant’ Angelo.  Antonio and Ivana the owners will take care of you.
Tel. 041 277 06 88
-"Al Portego" – True great cicchetti and wonderful little place for lunch when you are out exploring the Castello District of Venice. Sebastiano the owner is the son of Lele from Murano and restaurant genes don’t get much better than that!!! Tel. 041 522 90 38
-"Busa della Torre (Da Lele)" – Murano - the food and dining experience are wonderful and when I was working with the designers to create all of the Murano Glass for the Bellagio Hotel in LasVegas, I would call Lele and tell him “butta il riso” as it takes 20 minutes to make and I was on an American’s non leisure lunch schedule of...30 minutes! When we finally arrived at the restaurant they would escort us to our table and 2 minutes later we had a steaming plate of Porcini Funghi Risotto..Lele told me: ”Only because it is you Leslie”……got to luv him and his cooking!! 
Tel. 041 739 662

Points of Interests:
-"Great walk and area to get lost in" - The Dorsoduro Area of Venice. My Studio is located in the heart of it and getting lost in this area is the best thing that will happen to you in Venice! Stop in my Studio when you are over here and I will point out on your map some of the great sites and things to do here.
-"Rialto Market" – An incredible fish, fruit and vegetable market which you should see early in the morning and then stop for a cicchetti in one of the many great little eateries along the way. -"Churches and Synagogues" – Santa Maria dei Miracoli, La Salute, Basilica of San Marco (upstairs), Chiesa di San Pantalon for fresco ceiling, Chiesa di Santi Giovanni e Paolo,-Venice’s largest church and also final resting place for 25 of Venice’s Doges, Ghetto ....and the list could go on and on.
-"Great View" - Campanile di San Giorgio on the Island of San Giorgio for a fantastic view over Venice and a better view of San Marco without the crowds.

Stay in touch and I will be adding to this list in the near future. “Se vedemo a Venezia!!!”

Leslie Genninger