Antica Besseta in Venice
My niece (Rachel Sander), my best friend and I had lost our way in a labyrinth of alleyways amongst the streets of Venice. We had already ridden in a Gondola and photographed a local upholsterer named Claudio. We needed a place to eat and stumbled upon a fresh, yellow facade adorned with dark wooden doors labeled, Antica Besseta.
We entered Antica Besseta and were greeted with warmth by our waiter, Fabio. He sat us at near the front of the restaurant and worked hard at communicating in the English language. I regretted I had not thoroughly studied the Italian language before leaving the United States. While traveling, I had a great appreciation for the many Italians who have mastered English.
After we ordered, we waited amongst a beautiful view of antiquities, mixed with modern class.
A delectable bite was presented before our main dish.
I had ordered the Seabass Burger with homemade chips. It was coupled with a soy ketchup and a pink mayo. The dark color of the bun intrigued me and I asked about the color. Fabio revealed, "It is made with cuttlefish ink. It is healthy, simple and natural."
Upon permission, I photographed our chef, Giacomo Cassan. I watched him take great care in the preparation of our dishes.
Myself, and my group, were privileged to try a new menu item coming in April. A burrata cream, tuna, sea asparagus, and cream of peas were the perfect compliment to the palate.
We were also presented with "shrimp in a spring garden with a potato spume." The firm, yet tender shrimp, mixed amongst rich lavender and orange pansies, were almost too beautiful to eat.
For dessert we had a decadent chocolate globe. (See video)
After dinner, my best friend waited in a quiet and patient manner, as my niece and I photographed the restaurant.
In the back of the restaurant sat a wine room which accommodated larger groups.
After we finished our meal we said goodbye to Giacomo, and Fabio walked us to the door. He waved his hand to the right and said, "Antica Besseta sits next to the narrowest alley in Venice." Then, myself, my niece and my best friend wandered toward the streets of Venice. And as we did, we commented on the hospitality, kindness and exquisite cuisine we had experienced.