When I visited: June 2017
Location: Venice (within Bauer Hotel)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Recommended
What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress
Ambience: Fairly smart, great view
Course of the meal: Ravioli
If I could change one thing: Fewer mistakes
The Bauer Hotel in Venice has a gorgeous, classic Italian interior, and if you walk through to the back on a sunny day you can sit outside at the terraced De Pisis restaurant and enjoy the view across the canal.
My partner Owl and I started with a glass of traditional prosecco each, then moved on to Sauvignon Blanc – the waiter was a bit slow to bring us the wine list so we didn’t get the wine until fairly late on the meal, but never mind.
At the start of the meal we were presented with a great bread selection – long breadsticks, slices of flat salty focaccia and basket weave bread pieces – with a very cool carrot-based thick velouté with soy milk, which was excellent.
We went for traditional pasta for lunch – ravioli with spinach, cheese and fish pieces, and the house special seafood served with thick spaghetti. For dessert, we asked to share the dark hazelnut chocolate ‘cake’ (which was actually a soufflé) but the waiter either accidentally or deliberately misheard and brought us one each. It was rich and delicious, with whole hazelnuts and hazelnut ice cream on the side.
They didn’t charge us for our still water, which we didn’t query given that they were charging us for two desserts when we only ordered one. Ideally there would have been fewer mistakes, but it was still a really enjoyable and picturesque lunch.