Founded as a simple tavern, where wine, when bottled wine did not yet exist in the Lagoon, was served in huge wooden demijohns, Alla Frasca is located in one of those romantic Venetian squares where children play football and ladies sit and chat under the window of their houses.
So picturesque that its original charm has been kept intact over the years, including the original details: from the sign to the wooden furnishings typical of the taverns of the past, up to the wonderful ancient frasca – that in Italian refers to a plant with copious leaves that was traditionally planted near the taverns’ entrance for shade – which gave it its name. In fact, in summer, you can eat outdoors under its generous branches that wrap the tables of the small restaurant with magic, while in winter the restaurant is protected by a veranda.
The management of the kitchen is entrusted to the team of chef Luciano Orlandi, well known for the nearby Ostaria Boccadoro, and offers a menu consisting of a few dishes, based on both fish and meat, selected on the basis of the freshest raw materials that come mainly from the Rialto Market and local vegetables gardens.
So at the Osteria you can taste traditional Italian dishes such as grilled octopus and prawns, gnocchi, deliciously homemade like the bread, with prawns and zucchini, or the Chianina carpaccio with Parmesan, to finish with an excellent tiramisù, all nicely served with a nice contemporary touch. The wine list is carefully selected among the best producers, mainly from Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino Alto Adige, with the aim of creating the perfect match for each dish.
When you feel like getting lost in Venice’s magic and leave everything behind, just head to Osteria alla Frasca and you won’t be disappointed.
The Osteria is located in one of the most authentic areas of Venice, full of artisan ateliers dedicated to Fine Arts. In fact, a few meters from the restaurant there is the house where the painter Tiziano Vecellio lived for 45 years and it is said that the building where Alla Frasca is located was once used as a warehouse by the great Renaissance artist.