A Beccafico is my favourite restaurant in Venice. I’ve celebrated my birthday here on two separate occasions and enjoyed a meal or two out in the square for no reason other than plain and simple desire on every visit to Venice over the last 3 years. It is that good. The restaurant isn’t the easiest to find – as it’s, thankfully, a little further away from the central offerings around St. Marks and Rialto. You’ll find it nestled on the quaint Campo Santo Stefano, which is a beautiful little square not too far from Rio de S vidal and the Ponte dell’Accademia.
A Beccafico provides a slightly more refined dining experience than one might be used to in Venice (if you frequent the “Menu turistico” joints, that is..which incidentally is unforgivable) and the Sicilian fare on offer is just fabulous. A constant favourite is the wonderful- in taste and presentation – mussel soup, it comes oven baked and wrapped in a pizza base, served steaming and ready to be sliced into and devoured – and always turns a head or two when served.
The steak is consistently cooked to perfection. I order slightly over rare whenever we eat here and it always comes as requested, browned with a slight char and dressed in a savoury black pepper sauce – it’s simple – but mouthwatering, while the variations of pasta on offer are fantastic – the lobster (Sciabolini all’astice e polpa di granchio) and seafood being our favourites. The desserts are fantastically well presented – in particular the Tiramisu which comes served in a glass jar – though be warned – it’s a little on the large side. Don’t bother ordering sweet wines or Limoncello – as these are always complimentary.
However – where A Beccafico truly shines is in the quality and generosity of service, no doubt helped along by the ever present manager who is always on hand to offer his advice, whether it is in choosing a wine or translating the all Italian menu. Waiters are ushered to tables and happy to indulge in a little conversation and always helpful, not to mention strikingly well presented – with not a tie out of place.
After your meal, you can look forward to complimentary after dinner liquors in the form of a sweet white wine and Limoncello which is perfect for soaking up the evening’s atmosphere outside in the square.
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