Mazzorbo Island, Venice
Chic gastro-retreat in a manor house on Mazzorbo - an verdant and untouristy island near Venice, with a bridge to Burano
We were blown away by Venissa. This chic restaurant-with-rooms
serves some of the most exciting food in Italy, and has been known
to outdazzle Venice’s canals, treasures and basilicas for
foodies in the know. The restaurant has an unusual
menu, making the most of creatures from the Venice lagoon -
soft-shelled crabs, baby squid and eel - alongside traditional
Italian favourites remade and updated.
It is set in an old manor house on Mazzorbo Island, attached by a causeway to Burano Island with its candy-coloured houses, just 40 minutes by vaporetto from the city. Surrounded by 2 hectares of vineyard and gardens, the setting is peaceful, and there are only 6 rooms, which adds to the exclusive, intimate feel.
You can book a gourmet package or a B&B stay. But whichever you choose, book it pronto. Venissa often fills up months in advance. If you're a first-timer to Venice we'd recommend a couple of nights in the city and a separate stay here to make the most of both.
Reviewed by Laura Dixon
- When we stayed in 2011 the food was sensational: from seafood delights to risotto and pasta, all paired with incredible Venetian wine and local Prosecco
- The décor is chic, from the modernist suites to the egg-shaped lights outside the hotel. Every detail has been considered
- The views of the lagoon from the rooms at the front are wonderful - just throw back the shutters and enjoy
- The Suites are perfect for an impossibly romantic getaway - we dream of being whisked away to somewhere like this
- The ambiance: it’s cool, stylish and elegant without being pretentious or uptight
- The restaurant is closed from 1 Oct 2014-30 May 2015, but the wine bar remains open, serving breakfast and a simple lunch and dinner menu
- In 2013, this property underwent a full renovation and gained a new chef, Antonia Klugmann; we haven't visited since these changes but guest feedback remains positive
- The service is minimal - you’re left to your own devices
- You could run out of things to do if you stay for 3 nights - bring a good book
- Though the rooms are good value, the food is expensive
- We didn’t like the trendy linen - towels and bed sheets are made from Como linen, but it didn’t feel crisp or chic to us
It's a sensation...Conde Nast Traveller (UK)