Next week the glamour will descend on both the red carpet and harbour, as the 72nd Venice Film Festival brings the A-list stars and superyachts to Italy. Enjoying the oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world only calls for the most exquisite dining experience, and YachtCharterFleet have handpicked four of the most taste bud-tantalising options below.
1. Club del Doge Restaurant, Gritti Palace
The La Salute is becoming one of the most sought-after mooring piles during the festival with stunning views of the Punta della Dogana and where better to admire this glamorous lagoon than from across the canal at the Gritti Palace, the ultimate meeting place in Venice. As the new social hub of Venice the Club del Doge Restaurant and Longhi Bar offer guests an unrivalled dining experience where you are sure to mingle with the world’s elite. For those looking to socialise the Gritti Palace is an iconic location that offers traditional seasonal dishes and signature soufflés, best served with a side of the Venice Film Festival’s superyachts.
2. De Pisis Restaurant, Bauer Hotel
Boasting a faultless location score with spectacular views of the Baroque church of Campo San Moisè, the Bauer hotel oozes charm and Venetian allure. Configured across the De Pisis gourmet restaurant, the leather bound and cocktail clad B-Bar (a personal favourite of Daniel Creigg and Al Porcino), and the outdoor Bar Canale “an oasis of cosmopolitan sophistication,” the Bauer is the optimum place for high quality “experimental” dishes enjoyed in an intimate venue. As a popular mooring spot for superyachts during the festival, yacht spotting will be your exquisite dining entertainment as you recline amongst idyllic 1940s furnishings.
3. Aman Venice
A little further up the Grand Canal, at the heart of the ancient city, rests the Aman Venice where you’ll find a luscious garden dining experience, a unique feature for the city built on water. Priding itself on fresh seafood sourced directly from the lagoon and daily produce handpicked from the Rialto market, culinary experts create delicious antipasto plates that you’ll find impossible to stop nibbling at and Prosecco to sip on. With charter yachts mooring throughout the city centre, the Aman Venice guarantees spectacular views at a grass-covered stylish canal-side eatery where “no request is too great and no detail is too small.”
4. San Giorgio Ristorante
For something a little quieter, a little more traditional and a little cheaper but with unparalleled views and an unforgettable experience, San Giorgio is the place to venture. This authentic restaurant is just 10 minutes from the mass tourism of Venice and offers guests a delicious gourmet menu of freshly caught fish, traditional Venetian dishes and perfect stone-baked pizzas. Don’t let the quaint venue deter you because the great food, exceptional service and al-fresco dining with panoramic views of San Giorgio Maggiore islands, and the Punta della Dogana are what make this restaurant unforgettable. Take a seat, get comfortable and enjoy especially as many of the festivals superyachts will be accentuating your view as they moor at the mouth of the Grand Canal.