One of the world's great
dining experiences is, in our opinion, lunch on the island of Burano,
way up on the north end of the Venetian Lagoon. Taking the
vaporetto from Fondamenta Nove is part of the fun. You can combine lunch on Burano with a visit to Torcello to see the
beautiful and serene Byzantine basilica. There isn't much else on
pretty island, the place of the founding of Venice, but it is well
worth the trip, with magnificent 11th Century mosaics and a campanile you
can climb for a great view of the lagoon.
Dietrich on the Throne
After enjoying tranquil Torcello (and, of course, getting your picture taken sitting on Attila
the Hun's stone throne), take the T vaporetto which shuttles twice an
hour between Torcello and Burano.
Burano is a very beautiful fishing village and pleasant place to visit. Known for its colorful
houses and artisanal lace work, it is lovely to stroll. If you fancy good
lace, you need to be extremely careful, as almost all of it today is imitation,
made in China. If you are observant though, you can still find an
artesian old lady making the real and beautiful pieces.
Your real goal, though, for this day is lunch at Gatto Nero -
a truly world-class experience. There is one dish in particular -
Risotto Buranello, that is worth an entire day's journey.
Famous all over the world, and now immortalized in a wonderful Anthony
Bourdain No Reservations episode, this is one of the world's
great risotti. It is made from the strange and ugly Gó fish, which
buries itself in the lagoon mud. You can watch part of the Bourdain episode along
with some videos and pictures we got of the Gó fish at the Rialto market
You can also get excellent Risotto Buranello on Burano at
Da Romana, and this is where the Anthony Bourdain episode is
filmed. It is a very historic restaurant that serves food of great
integrity. In our opinion, however, Gatto Nero edges it out on overall
quality, but you will not be disappointed at Da Romanna.
In addition to the great risotto, be sure to check
the slide show for the amazing Grapa da Santonico, unique to the
outer islands of the lagoon.
After a long lunch you should be heading back to Venice around sunset, and
the ride on the lagoon will be beautiful. You can return the way you
came to Fondamenta Nove, or a good strategy is to take the boat which goes
completely the other way out to the Lido where you make a quick change
at Treporti or Punta Sabbioni for the trip back to a dock near San Marco
where you will be ready for a cocktail. It is a memorable rid on two
kinds of boats, including a big double-decker.
Warning: Under no circumstances should you venture out to
Burano for lunch without a reservation. You will be very disappointed.
In March of 2007 we took our grandson Dietrich to Venice, which, of course,
included lunch at Gatto Nero. After enjoying the slideshow, check
Burano Sunset page.
Enjoy the Meal!
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