La Madonnetta keeps intact all the charm and beauty of the taverns of the past, counting on over 115 years of history, owned by the same family since its foundation. A magical place where you feel at home at any time of the day, just perfect to seat in front of the fireplace and enjoy a good glass of wine.
This might be the reason why the Osteria was one of the favorite places of Ernest Hemingway when in 1918, at the age of 18, he came to Italy as a volunteer ambulance driver and today is a second home to the many international designers and artists who frequent these areas thanks to the proximity of super fashion brands such as Diesel.
Originally a stable, as in the 1600s in the square of Marostica there were the shops that served the Castle of Marostica, it was purchased in 1904 by Giuseppe Polita, known as Bepi, for his beloved wife. Today the trattoria is run by Annamaria, together with her husband Franco and her 3 children, who welcomed her beloved guests in a convivial environment furnished with furniture handed down for generations.
The interiors are made of many beautiful antiques, many of which restored by Annamaria’s brother-in-law Antonio, a passionate restorer, like the pendulum clock, the wooden table created from the trunk of a single tree, or the vintage bar counter, now used as a desk. The osteria’s walls are a compendium of its remarkable history, covered with old photographs, handmade wine ceramic cups, satirical jokes, and newspaper clippings left by customers.
The symbol of the place is a sweet image of the Madonna del Dito to which Mimma, Annamaria’s sister-in-law, was inspired to paint the beautiful sign of the tavern. The name seems, in fact, to derive from the capital with a statue of the Virgin, located at the beginning of the street where the restaurant is located.
The cuisine is homemade, based on raw materials that come from local producers and Slow Food presidia with recipes that look to tradition, embracing a modern sustainable philosophy. Just the perfect place to try the best dishes of the Venetian tradition, from bigoli with duck source to cod with polenta up to roast rabbit to be enjoyed with an excellent selection of local wines, including the famous Torcolato, obtained from the pressing of dried grapes.
A real must of the Osteria are the white dessert wines to be enjoyed with traditional Venetian desserts such as Macafame, made with stale bread, apples and dried fruit. At the end of the meal, you will be offered a complimentary glass of the Ciliegino digestive, produced with an ancient secret family recipe, that will make you leave the tavern with a happy, satisfied smile.
In February 2016 the writer John Hemingway, grandson of the Nobel Prize for Literature, visited the Madonnetta during the journey in which he retraced the places frequented by his grandfather in Veneto. During his interviews, he mentioned Madonnetta as the place where he has been able to taste the same dishes that his grandfather had loved during his first year in Italy in 1918.