Algiubagiò (VE)

by Valentina Scarpa Bandelloni
Algiubagiò (VE) — Veneto Secrets

With a view of the lagoon and over 100 years of history, Algiubagiò is a "museum" of Venetian culture, a treasure trove of works of art Made in Venice and excellent local cuisine with creative touches.

With a romantic panoramic terrace lying along Fondamenta Nuove, Algiubagiò was born at the beginning of the 1900s as a tavern. Then transformed over the years several times, a visionary witness of customs and trends, it became a restaurant in 1991 under the guidance of Giulio Antonello, a descendant of the family that founded it, and his partners Alberto Zanin and Paolo Modolo.

Artfully restored in 1993 and expanded into an evocative former industrial space with high beam ceilings, the restaurant is now a reference point in the Lagoon for fine dining and for a truly unique storytelling of the territory. Over the years, Algiubagiò has been enriched, in fact, with works of art by local artists and artisans, making it an original testimony of the history of Venice, such as the brass decorations of the Fonderia Valese, the photographs of Francesco Barasciutti on the walls, and the chandeliers made by the glass masters from the nearby Murano island.

Algiubagiò (VE) — Veneto Secrets
Algiubagiò (VE) — Veneto Secrets

At Algiubagiù we want to offer a unique experience, telling the tradition of Venice with a look to the future and to the world of local art.

(Giulio Antonello, founder)

In the large open space with exposed brick walls, the industrial architecture blends with unique objects that color the room becoming protagonists, such as the famous glass seaweeds by Davide Penso at the entrance, paintings by Carmelo Pluchino or the huge blown glass chandeliers by Andromeda and Fabio Fornasier. A true museum of “Venetianism”, even for some curious first times such as, in ’91, being the first place to offer Spritz by the glass or the use of elegant knockers from ancient Venetian doors for taps.

The furniture is studied in detail thanks to Giulio’s passion for reuse and interior design. In fact, his creation are the original coffee tables made with old wine boxes or the beautiful suspension lamps in perforated steel.
The romantic soft lights artfully illuminate the colorful mise en place set up with the blown glass glasses by Fabiano Amadi and the cutlery rest, also in glass, designed by Giulio and made by Amadi with Roberto Donà, the latest Murano workshop that makes tools for the glass masters.

Algiubagiò (VE) — Veneto Secrets

The cuisine reinterprets traditional Venetian dishes with delicious gourmet touches, offering dishes full of imagination and unusual flavors. Executive chef since 2021, Daniele Zennaro, with previous top experience in Venice, enhances the ingredients, always seasonal, with fascinating combinations, such as scallops marinated in coconut milk, chili and lemongrass, spread over a green apple puree and drops of mango, or beetroot gnocchi in a cream of broccoli, cockles and horseradish. The wine cellar is well stocked with more than 300 labels that Paolo, owner and sommelier always present in the restaurant, will be able to advise you while he tells you the many anecdotes related to the history of the place. Very welcoming the service, thanks to a team of young talented people who have dedicated themselves with love to the growth of the venue for years.

A perfect setting for an unforgettable evening, in the summer months the terrace of Algiubagiò is one of the most evocative views in the city to enjoy the magical sunset over the lagoon. And if the restaurant has always been frequented by Venetians, it can only be a guarantee.

The Secret

Algiubagiò (acronym of the names of the first owners and their wives) is located in what in the 1500s was the manor stable of the nearby Palazzo Donà dalle Rose. The squares of Venice are called “campi” (fields in English) because, in addition to being a meeting place, they were once real meadows used for grazing and crops: as early as the 14th century, in fact, people moved around on horseback and cattle were used to work the vegetable gardens and fields.

Useful Info

Fondamenta Nuove 5039
30121 Venezia
Tel. +39 041 5236084

Starters and first courses: 18 — 36 euro
Second courses: 18 — 33 euro
Desserts: 12 euro

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