San Giorgio Cafè (VE)
Located in San Giorgio, one of the most fascinating islands of the Venetian lagoon, San Giorgio Cafè is a gourmet bistro curated by the Italian celebrity-chef Filippo La Mantia. The café-bistro offers its guests a breathtaking view of the Riva degli Schiavoni and the San Marco basin.
The modern interior design is like an ode to the intense beauty of the Venetian island, inspired by natural colors and light. The déhor, overlooking the suggestive marina, is just perfect for a light lunch immersed in a pleasant seafaring atmosphere.
The buffet menu, which changes daily, includes seafood delicacies, traditional recipes and vegetarian proposals made with local products. Do not miss the unforgettable pasta alla Norma, a must of Palermo (where the Chef comes from) doc cuisine! Open from 10 am, the café-bistro also offers breakfasts and aperitifs, with the option of dining on the island during the weekend. The cellar includes the excellent wines of the Benedictine monks of San Giorgio, aiming at the specific promotion of local and regional products.
After the gourmet break, it is absolutely mandatory to venture out in order to discover the many wonders kept on this island. From the most beautiful panoramic view of Venice, offered by the Bell Tower of the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, to the tour of the contemporary art collection, to the visit to the ancient Convent, San Giorgio offers a fascinating dialogue between ancient and contemporary that won’t let you down.
The island is accessible with a water-taxi or the public transport line n° 2. Once disembarked, the San Giorgio Cafè is ready to pamper its guests, welcomed by the sweet noise of the yachts moored in the marina.
The island of San Giorgio was initially known as “Insula Memmia” in the name of the powerful owner family, the Memmo, who resided here in ancient times. At the time of the first doges, however, the island was called the “island of cypresses” and was inhabited by very few people. The name was changed to San Giorgio Maggiore only in 829 following the consecration of the main church. Here, in around 1108, the body of Saint Stephen was buried, celebrated in the following years with a great feast that took place right in front of the San Marco basin.