In Zelarino, a small town between Venice and Treviso, lays an unexpected oasis of bucolic countryside, inspired by the values of eco-sustainability and genuine rural traditions, that consists of a farm, the restaurant Al Segnavento, the Agriosteria Ai Brillanti, and the B&B Fiori & Frutti.
All around, romantic lawns interrupted only by wooden fences where the farm animals graze quietly. Suffolk sheep (those of Wallace & Gromit), pigs, and all kinds of poultry run around free, while in the elegant stables American Quarter Horses, a great passion of the owners, are bred for racing.
The restaurant is nothing like the usual “agritourism”: sophisticated like a British country club, it boasts elegant interiors with black Thonet-style chairs, white tablecloths, wooden paneling and a young crew serving in perfect white shirts and braces. Most of the products used in the kitchen are self-produced by the farm following the organic agriculture philosophy: meat, eggs, fruit, vegetables, jams.
The dishes, orchestrated by executive chef Patrizia Del Ponte and sous chef Alessio Loppoli, are those of the traditional Venetian cuisine revisited to please even the finest international palates: from pasta or gnocchi (potato dumplings) with duck sauce to tasty meat, such as lamb leg with herbs, everything is just freshly handmade according to the local ancient traditions.
In the Agriosteria shop, open every day, you can buy the products of the farm, while, from April to October, you can also book a break at the annexed osteria. Here you can have an aperitif with Venetian cicchetti tapas and excellent local wines (with a preference for organic and natural labels) before going to dinner in the nearby restaurant.
For those willing to immerse themselves completely in the beauty of the Venetian countryside, the resort also offers a B&B with swimming pool housed in a typical country mansion surrounded by orchards and bordered by a romantic river. The decor of the ten rooms is inspired by English cottages and characterized by wood paneling, curtains decorated with floral motifs and equestrian sports memorabilia.
In the summer, from June to mid-September, Al Segnavento also becomes an educational farm where summer camps are organized to bring children and teenagers aged 4 to 12 closer to the wonder of the Venetian countryside, its rhythms and traditions. The farm also offers the possibility, starting from Mestre, to book an unforgettable experience: a visit to the Venetian lagoon as guests of a romantic vintage wooden Rapsody that the owners have recently purchased, thanks to their passion for the sea. Do not miss the evening events such as aperitifs and open-air cinema during which the lawn in front of Al Segnavento is set up with rows of lights, candles, deck chairs and blankets. Simply magical.
Al Segnavento was born from the dream of Patrizia and Roberto, together with their children Nicola, Giacomo and Alberto, to create a contemporary farm: slowly over the years they bought the 9 hectares of land on which to “build” the farm and in 2005 opened the restaurant that, Patrizia, an excellent cook, accepts the challenge of “self-taught” management. Looking at what they have managed to build up to now, it is natural to think how passion and determination really lead to achieving any goal.
The Vintage Rapsody Yacht Experience
Sunday Menu: Chef’s choice experience 50 euro (water and wine included)
Assaggi Menu: 35 euro (drinks excluded)
Piccolo Menu: 2 courses 37 euro, 3 courses 30 euro (drinks excluded)
First courses: 13 — 16 euro
Second courses: 20 — 21 euro
Open from Wednesday till Sunday, lunch only on Sunday
Rooms from 90 euro