Venetian Wanderings | Episode 14: Al Prosecco
This family-run business has been open for years and it has never ever failed to meet -and often exceed- its guests' expectations. Two brothers, Stefano and Davide, and Davide's wife, an amazing trio that works hard to offer mouthwatering Italian wines, cured meats and cheese.
The place itself is lovely, if you choose to sit outdoors, you'll be facing a green area with two flower beds, two trees and a small vegetable patch where local children learn to grow their own veggies, the back of San Giacomo's Church, a stone well, a green fountain and lots of passersby. Simply lovely and relaxing!
Inside, the ambient is warm and cozy, with wooden beams, minimalist furniture and I don't know how many bottles of wine and jars containing pickles and chutneys!
We sat inside next to the window. We had come here with the intention of relaxing and nothing was going to stop us. The art Biennale is starting soon and, since my husband works in the private and cultural events industry, it's a very intense period for him, so coming here, for us, is a sort of therapy The owners are really friendly and easy going and enjoy talking about wine and their wanderings in Northern Italy, during which they purchase most of the products they sell.
I like imagining them in their car, chatting with farmers and growers, tasting, drinking, joking and discussing! Anyway, at Al Prosecco it's possible to have delicious panini or or or... selections of cured meats, cheese, specialty olives, pickles and much more. They also make beautiful and flavoursome salads and seasonal veggies.
Needless to say that we had a bit of everything! But let's start from the wine: I like round red wines with a strong body, thus I was given a glass of ripasso della Valpolicella , while Vito -who is the real wine lover in the family- had a glass of Cabernet Cecchetto.
With regard to the food, we ate: baby bufala mozzarella, baby peppers filled with tuna and capers, Cantabrian anchovies, Irish Angus and a salad with carrots, zucchini, and artichokes. As a side we ordered some grilled aubergines and zucchini.
Before going into the details of our meal, please note the bread. Davide makes it nearly every morning and garnished with a pinch of salt, a little bit of oregano and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany it tastes just super.
As you can imagine, everything was delicious! I chose to order Irish Angus and fresh cheese because -to be honest- I wanted to stay kind of light. Since I've started this blog I've been eating like a horse and -only sometimes, don't worry- I feel the need to slow down.
But you can choose among a variety of prosciuttos, salami, fresh, seasoned and blu cheese. Sometimes they also have smoked trout, tuna and sword fish.
If you have never been here and want to get the full experience I would recommend starting with a selection of cured meats and some giardiniera (pickled vegetables). Then ask for a mozzarella served with Cantabrian anchovies and semi-dried tomatoes (the best ones I have ever tried, so tasty that I can still feel their flavour in my mouth). Some days you might find the burrata from Puglia, other days the bufala from Campania, anyway I'm sure you won't be disappointed. At this point, you might want to consider taking a break, maybe ordering a salad, before ending your wine tasting with a small selection of cheese accompanied by honey, specialty chutneys and a glass of white from Trentino Alto Adige ( for example, a Muller Thurgau).
Whatever you will choose, I am sure you will become addicted to this place. I brought a friend of mine here once and now she's always asking me "When are we going back to that lovely place?".
Al Prosecco is the perfect choice for those who love wine, cold cuts and cheese.
Excellent value for money, mouthwatering food, homely atmosphere and charming location.
For me, it's more than a yes!
Address: S Croce 1503 | Campo San Giacomo de l'Orio, 30135 Venice, Italy
Phone: +39 041 524 0222