Family run since its founding in the 1930s, Locanda Cipriani is a peek into old-fashioned Italian dining. Attached to a five-bedroom inn, the restaurant, has hosted everyone from Ernest Hemingway to Queen Elizabeth II. Even its surroundings are filled with history. Torcello Island, in the northern section of the Venetian lagoon, is the oldest continuously populated part of Venice.
In keeping with the cozy inn setting, the restaurant is filled with its own country house-style decor. Settle into a hearty plate of lamb with fresh herbs before the fireplace, or in warmer weather, enjoy a whole wheat pasta dish beneath the rose pergola on the garden terrace.
One of the greatest perks of family management is the consistency of the menu. Many of the dishes at Locanda Cipriani come from old Cipriani family recipes, like the house preparation of a John Dory fillet. Chef Christian Angiolin stays true to the classics with his raw meat carpaccio, fish dishes, and homemade pastas.