Overlooking the splendid terrace of Jesolo's only majestic historic architecture with its elegant 1920s lines, Amarmio is a fish restaurant that celebrates, through its cuisine and refined décor, the love for the Mediterranean sea in all its gorgeous colors and shades.
Amarmio is located inside Casa Bianca al Mare boutique hotel, an icon of the Italian hotel industry which turns 100 this year. Opened in 1923, the first hotel on the Jesolo coast, it was built in the splendid Moorish style that was fashionable in the roaring 20s and which still characterizes the Venice Lido today.
It is no coincidence that the first to fall in love with its terrace was the poet and writer Gabriele D’Annunzio, a fine aesthete. A charming, timeless place overlooking the seaside that, over the years, has also been the protagonist of many films, including Signore & Signori by Pietro Germi and Americano Rosso by Alessandro D’Alatri.
Amarmio is the synthesis of over 50 years of my family’s passion for Lido di Jesolo, which is why I chose a name inspired by the union between “sea” and “love”.
Reopened in grand style in 2020, the project was born from the fortunate meeting between Mario Moretti Polegato, who acquired the structure, and the Menazza family, hoteliers in Jesolo for 3 generations who, with the guidance of Daniel and Igor, crowned father Gino and mother Marsica‘s dream to manage the “most beautiful hotel on the coast”.
Thus, even the gastronomic proposal of Amarmio, coordinated by the maître d’ Valentina B0netti, is a tribute to “his” sea. The year 2023 marks the arrival at the helm of the kitchen of chef Alessio Rigon, supported by the sous chef Riccardo Bettin, who grew up, after various important experiences, together with chef Paolo Businaro right in the restaurant brigade since its opening.
Alessio starts from the best raw material and the traditions of the Upper Adriatic sea, having fun with some poetic incursions that pay homage to other great “seafaring” food schools with recipes such as Lobster and its stock with potato mille-feuille and leek cream, a tribute to Brittany, or the Yakitori Octopus which takes its inspiration from Japan.
In the menu, however, there is never a shortage of those that have now become the great Amarmio classics such as Sardines with pan corn, purple hooded cabbage salad and glasswort mayonnaise or Felicetti cold spaghetti with Champagne cream, raw scampi and red prawns and Beluga caviar.
Worthy of note is the wine list, coordinated by the sommelier Gaetano Cataldo, which has over 400 references, of which 60 of Champagne, as well as the “jewels” of the Moretti Polegato family, including the wines of Villa Sandi in Valdobbiadene and those of Borgo Conventi in the Collio.
With a panoramic lounge area, nestled between the pool and the seafront, Amarmio is also perfect for an aperitif at sunset with a cocktail artfully prepared by the bartender Giuseppe Marzocca, letting yourself be carried away by the thousand shades of blue and purple that surround Casa Bianca at sunset.
A great passion of the Polegato family, Amarmio also houses various works of contemporary art, such as the original sketches by the Japanese designer Kenzo, which decorate the bar area, the paintings by Mario Arlati and the great work by the Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj that romantically “observes” the sea.
Amarmio is a truly dreamy paradise that, luckily, can be experienced in all weather conditions thanks to the comfortable bioclimatic pergola that adapts to every need.
The cutlery, a delightful detail of the mise en place born from an idea by Daniel to ensure maximum hygiene, is enclosed in a small blue handmade wooden box decorated with aphorisms dedicated to the sea. Our favourite? “A seaman will never find himself uncomfortable in life, even if he decides to change his profession”. (Admiral Agostino Straulino)
Piazzetta Casa Bianca, 1
30016 Lido di Jesolo, Venezia
Tel. + 39 380 7945520
Tasting menus: from 80 euro excluding wines
Appetizers and first courses: from 18 euro
Main courses: from 25 euro
A light lunch menu is also available