Ruga Rialto 778, Venice
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Situated in the dynamics zone of the Rialto's
the heart of the city, l'"Antico Dolo"
is a part of a going back building to the ' 400, having the peculiarity
to have been for centuries occupied by a brothel, in fact the Rialto
zone and close Square of S.Cassiano were the red lights districts during
the dominion of the Serenissima Republic. The variety of the ways of
access to the building from the surrounding streets (calli), the numerous
windows from which the girls showed their tits (famous is close Bridge
of the Tits, in italian Ponte delle Tette) from the first moment render
the destination use unmistakable. According to that, that
is for being able to feed the customers tired becouse of the performances
at the upper floors, was opened the "Antico
Dolo" in the December of the 1434
(it has not been possible to define the exact date) offering to the
customers cured pork meats, cheeses, but above all that course that
for centuries it has always been the true specialty of the house: the
Trippa Rissa (tripe): various types of offals boiled according to an
ancient recipe that nowadays comes among our
daily courses. To the counter it was possible to taste
a glass of dry white wine coming from the near Dolo, splendid city located
in the Brenta's Coast between the province of Padova and Venice, on
the sides of which the Brenta (primary river of our region) slides,
gone back daily from the boats that used to trade here for hundred of
years, enjoying the vision of the splendid villas along its rivers.
Therefore that Chardonnay arrived to the "Antico
Dolo", once like nowadays, and was served both for a simple
glass of wine between friends, both to accompany the delicious courses
coming from the kitchen.
With the end of the Serenissima Republic and the successive Austrian
dominion, the market did not lose its importance and indeed it continues
to offer a wide choice of jobs to many Venetian people. All bound to
awake at three o'clock in the morning and consequently already starved
like wolves early in the morning: trippa for everybody! Between years
' 60 and ' 70 of the ' 900, consequently to the exodus towards Mestre
that with the advent of the chemical centre of Porto Marghera offered
, l"Antico Dolo" lived a sad
period until the summer of 1989 when
my family bought it undertaking to mantain the same gastronomical line
otherwise the old owner wouldn't have never sold it.
The continuous maintenance of the same furnishing and same choice of
the dishes are a concrete promse for us aimed at the maintenance of
venetian traditions which I'd like to pass on to my daughters.
From the beginnings of ninety's we are a point of reference even for
those tourists who love the typical Venetian cooking and want to find
an elegant atmosphere for their Venetian nights. You'll be able to choose
both from menu and daily proposals of the chef.