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Hostaria in Certosa (VE)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Hostaria in Certosa (VE) — Veneto Secrets

A green oasis by the Alajmo group where you can eat or drink a cocktail pleasantly immersed in the atmosphere of a yachting club on the sea.

Born in 2020 from the friendship between Raffaele Alajmo and the sailor Alberto Sonino, who with the company Vento di Venezia manages all the services of the island, Hostaria in Certosa is a magical place to eat or drink a cocktail in total relaxation inside the tourist port with the largest natural park in the world.

The Certosa Island has, in fact, for years been a beloved destination for sailors and yachtsmen for its proximity to Venice, only 10 minutes from Piazza San Marco, the ease of mooring and its well-equipped marina that can accommodate up to 300 boats of any size.

Hostaria in Certosa (VE) — Veneto Secrets

A place to relax and experience the most magical essence of the Venice Lagoon, in total respect of its eco-system

(Alberto Sonino, founder)

Overlooking the Morosini College, the Military Naval School of Venice, and the island of Sant’Elena, the Certosa boasts a truly important history, as it is located in what was once the main and strategic access road to the city. Seat from the XV century of an important monastery of Carthusian monks, that will be almost completely demolished after 1810 with the suppression of religious orders by Napoleon, it is then used just for military purposes, until the end of the ’90s when its urban recovery begins.

The interior of the Hostaria, as well as the menu, is characterized by the simplicity and rigor typical of the boat life. Even the details are “technical”, such as the easy-to-dry canvas chairs or the staff uniforms made of materials reminiscent of yacht crews, while Davide Groppi’s lamps on the tables give an intimate touch to dinners.

Hostaria in Certosa (VE) — Veneto Secrets

The cuisine is led by Silvio Giavedoni, a long-time collaborator of Massimiliano Alajmo, and offers dishes based on local ingredients such as amberjack tartare with soy-based tartar souce, black tagliolini with pistachio sauce and baby cuttlefish or grilled umbrine with extra virgin olive oil, fava bean puree and basil.

With the sun rising to its left, the Hostaria is also the perfect destination to relax and enjoy a cocktail at sunset, artfully prepared by expert bartenders, after a boat ride or a day in Venice.

The opening of the Hostaria is part of a visionary urban regeneration and reclamation project. Strongly desired by Alberto Sonino, a former sailor of Olympic classes, famous for his ocean-going enterprises with Giovanni Soldini and today enlightened entrepreneur, this dream that has now become a reality will make, thanks also to future investments, the Certosa an international reference point for tourism devoted to experience the best of the Venice Lagoon in total harmony with its delicate ecosystem.

The Secret

Adjacent to the Certosa is the state-owned island of Sant’Andrea which houses the homonymous Fort. Dating back to the second half of the 16th century and projected by the Veronese architect Michele Sanmicheli, it is a wonderful and still well-preserved example of war architecture of the Serenissima Republic of Venice. Pending an urban enhancement, the Fort is famous for having hosted, imprisoned here, the famous Giacomo Casanova who described it in his memoirs, and for the beautiful monumental entrance with the commemorative plaque dedicated to the Battle of Lepanto won by Venice in 1571.

Useful Info

Hostaria in Certosa
Isola della Certosa
30141 Venezia
Tel. +39 347 0787755

Marina Vento di Venezia
Isola della Certosa
30141 Venezia
Tel. +39 041 5208588

First courses: 18 — 26 euro
Second courses: 20 — 32 euro
Cocktails: from 6 euro

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