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In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO)

by Clara Galanti
In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets

Embraced by the blue waters, where the Po Delta meets the sea of ​​Rosolina, In Marinetta is one of the most enchanting restaurants in the Veneto where local seafood cuisine and a timeless “à la marinière” style offer truly unforgettable emotions and sunsets.

Immersed in one of the most spectacular lagoons of the Po Delta, among picturesque flocks of pink flamingos and fishing valleys, In Marinetta represents the highlight of a magnificent territory, that of MAB UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, rich in excellence to be discovered.

The area is, in fact, famous for many products: the Scardovari pink oysters, chosen by the best starred chefs in the world, the freshest sea and lagoon fish as well as the algae and herbaceous plants that grow very well here thanks to the brackish and fertile soils and the fossil dunes, the ancient border of the Adriatic Sea.

In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets
In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets

We like to tell our territory through the dishes, and our wineries through a bottle. This is how we promote our wonderful country.

(Marialuisa Coppola, AIS Sommelier)

The project was born in 2017 from the dream of four friends who decided to create a sea-view retreat for lovers of quality tout court. Thus, they chose one of the most iconic and evocative local areas, that located in front of the Marina di Albarella, and here they built the fascinating panoramic structure that now houses the restaurant.

After a journey through breathtaking views, as soon as you arrive to In Marinetta you are immediately welcomed by the owner Marialuisa, known by all as Isi, the female soul of the entire project, who is supported by a cheerful team of professionals, such as Ilaria, maître d’, who helps her in the guests’ management since the first opening day.

In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets

Every detail is taken care of with great taste by Isi herself: from the choice of fresh flowers that adorn the tables to the placemats in natural materials made by the Santandrea19 boutique in Padua, specialized in collections of textiles and accessories for the sailing world.

Furthermore, as Isi is a professional sommelier, in addition to suggesting the perfect wine pairing, she takes particular care of the mise en place of the drinks, preferring wine glasses from the Austrian brand Riedler that does not use lead in the production of glass.

In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets
In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets

Sustainability and promotion of the local ecosystem are the cornerstones of the philosophy behind the restaurant. Each aspect of In Marinetta has been developed according to it: from the choice of working exclusively with local suppliers, up to the creation of a territorial menu by the chef Simone Lucini.

In the menu, based on local fresh fish, we find classics such as Spaghetti with clams, strictly without shells, as well as revisited recipes such as “Absolute black”, tagliolini pasta seasoned with cuttlefish ink and cuttlefish pieces served with refermented black garlic and caviar. Very recommended are also the raw fish selection, the pink oysters and the seared eel with roasted leek and Teriaki sauce prepared with Gin Caleri.

In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets
In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets

Homemade bread, breadsticks and focaccia are offered as an entrée together with a fragrant mono cultivar tasting oil that varies according to the chef’s inspiration.

At In Marinetta, vegetables are also special as they are provided by Mrs. Lina who grows a vegetable garden exclusively for the restaurant. Here she produces also rare vegetables such as white aubergines, courgettes, and yellow datterini tomatoes, with which a special summer risotto is prepared.

In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets

The wine list is truly exceptional, originally divided into sparkling wines, wines from the sea, wines from the hills and from the mountains, wines from the small islands and sweet “meditations”.

Orchestrated with mastery by Isi, it includes national and territorial products with some forays abroad, especially in France. The selection prefers wines from small wineries located near the sea in sapid soils as they pair perfectly with fish dishes.

In Marinetta Ittiturismo (RO) — Veneto Secrets

Since May, the beautiful Terrazza sul Mare has also opened, which comes alive with live music evenings every Thursday evening (just follow the restaurant’s social pages to stay updated on upcoming events) to enjoy an aperitif at sunset, lingering over the delicious menu of cicchetti, pizzas and focaccias or perhaps sipping a cocktail for a romantic after-dinner.

The Secret

Isi has launched a special project that recalls a marine fairy tale. Together with Tenuta Santa Lucia, a winery from Romagna that works exclusively in biodynamics with local grapes, it has collected 120 bottles of unfiltered classic method Sangiovese and Albana in a sealed cage. Lowered into the sea and cradled by waves and marine currents, they rest for 6 months in depth where the wine yeasts continue to work thanks to the natural riddling operated by the movement of the water, giving life to a truly extraordinary bubbly wine. Furthermore, once the bottles are “fished out”, covered with hundreds of mussels, shells and marine residues, they are transformed into true works of art that are exhibited in Marinetta.

Useful Info

In Marinetta Ittiturismo
Via Po di Levante 2a
45010 Rosolina, Rovigo
Tel. +39 345 0318387
(Open from March to January)

Appetizers: 20 — 45 euro
First courses: 20 — 28 euro
Second courses: 25 — 40 euro
Desserts: 8 — 12 euro
Cocktails: from 8 euro
(The cover charge includes homemade bread, breadsticks, tasting oil and small coffee pastries)

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