Zanze XVI (VE)
In Venice, Zanze XVI is a contemporary trattoria that delivers great food in a thoroughly convivial atmosphere. Behind its success, there is a young team of professionals that includes the top-notch of Veneto’s “culinary” entrepreneurs: with the art direction of 1-Michelin star Nicola Dinato, chef and deus ex machina of Feva restaurant in Castelfranco Veneto, the vision of Nicola Possagnolo, digital guru, and the refined touch of the Japanese Chef Masahiro Homma.
A former inn founded back in the 16th century, Zanze XVI rises from the ashes of the renowned Trattoria dalla Zanze that, according to the legend, was named after a lady who used to cook for the nearby prison.
The renovated eatery takes inspiration from the French bistronomy concept that offers a gourmet cuisine delivered in an informal setting that reflects the local tradition. The restoration works, coordinated by architect Nico Galati in collaboration with interior designer Davide Fracasso, have retained the traditional 55cm-high panels that covers part of the walls, historically used to protect them in the event of “high-water”, the marble flooring and the wooden beam ceiling, while the walls have been redecorated with grey Venetian marble that creates an elegant contrast with the exposed old bricks. The Venetian heritage lays in each detail: from the beautiful cutlery holders in handmade Murano glass to the bread basket in Burano lace, and from the wooden tables made with old bricks (the wood poles that indicates the waterways in the Lagoon) to the chairs Superleggere by Gio Ponti inspired by the traditional chairs of the old Italian wine bars.
The trattoria offers 4 smart set menus* (at great value for money) to choose from: the Gourmet Lunch, Terra, Mare and Anima. The high-quality raw materials coming from selected local producers – fresh fish from the Adriatic sea, vegetables from local organic gardens, free-range meats…- coupled with the creativity of chef Luca give birth to dishes that combines great cooking techniques with a generous taste.
Where: in the quiet Fondamenta dei Tolentini, a few steps from the train station
When: just perfect for a business lunch or an informal top quality meal
Why: a unique place in Venice that combines Michelin-star-quality with the warmth of old Venetian inns
How: go for the tasting menus*: Lunch (2 dishes, small water, 1 glass of wine, coffee), Terra (meat-based, 5 courses, wine excluded), Mare (fish-based, 5 courses, wine excluded) or Anima (8 courses, wine excluded) accompanied by a local wine recommended by the sommelier or rely on the mixologist for a good cocktail.
Santa Croce 231
+39 041 715394
*Lunch Menu: 25 euro
Tasting Menus: Terra 55 euro, Mare 65 euro, Anima 80 euro
À la carte: starters 20 euro, first courses 15 euro, second courses 25 euro, desserts 10 euro