|Ambiance:||(3 / 5)|
|Service:||(4 / 5)|
|Value for money:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Pizza:||(3.5 / 5)|
Al Nono Risorto was in my itinerary of places to eat at as it was recommended in quite a few guides and sounded like a winner, in the pizza stakes. Located in the heart of Santa Croce, near one of Venice’s many bridges, made navigating slightly easier.
We chose a table in the outside terraced garden, mainly because the inside of the restaurant was completely empty and being outside allowed us to take in the busy Venetian throng of people passing by. There wasn’t a great deal of atmosphere other than the low hubbub of chatter and noise from the streets. I always like to listen for which language people are conversing in Italian restaurants, as being a local’s destination usually provides a good indicator that the restaurant must be pretty good. In Al Nono’s case, there was a mixture of American and Italian and as both claim to be home to pizza, I was happy with that!
Al Nono offers a great, daily produced a la carte menu but was recommended for its pizza, of which there was a whole A4 page of offerings. So, we ordered a “Max”, topped with mozzarella, gorgonzola and sausage with a quarter litre of red wine and a coke, both for Andrew. With our cute, tiny jug of red wine (which came with 2 glasses, they must have known I’d crack, darn it!), we were given a pile of breadsticks. I’ve always loved breadsticks, but these were extra thin and crunchy and made for way too easy drinking, meaning by the time the pizza came, ten minutes later, we were over 3 packs down.
The pizza looked yummy. It had a charred, relatively thin, crispy crust and was topped with generous helpings of creamy gorgonzola, mozzarella and small pieces of Italian sausage. On taste, it was nice enough – a little salty due to the blue cheese, but the sausage meat tasted high in quality. The dough itself, despite being a little salty, lacked flavour in my opinion and was slightly chewy. However, Andrew really liked it which was a big deal in itself as he hasn’t liked much of the pizza so far!
Recommendation (3 / 5)
I wouldn’t make the effort to track down Al Nono unless you were staying reasonably close. The pizzas are nice enough but certainly nothing to rave about. I can imagine this being better as a night-time destination when it gets a little busier, rather than a place for a lazy lunch.
Address: Sotoportego De Siora Bettina, 2338, 30135 Venezia, Italy
Phone: 041 524 1169
Website: No website
NTK: Don’t feel stingy when ordering the house red, it’s actually pretty good!