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Fried clams at the Whistle Stop Café
Written by Fabio Marzari   
img_1334.jpgOf all aspects Venice can offer, especially in this mild season and before torrid weather makes lagoon field trips less desirable, one destination that can easily entice those who visit for the first time, or convince who knows it to come back again, is Pellestrina. The island of Pellestrina, little more than a tiny stretch of land between the Adriatic Sea and southern Venetian Lagoon, is a world of its own. A concentration of history and tradition, on the one road that stretches north to south run cars and buses, though the feeling of splendid isolation much akin to all islanders is all but perceivable. We may define Pellestrina as an island at the third power, with Venice – island of islands – is the base, the Lido – island to Venice – the second power, and Pellestrina – island to an island to another island – is the cube. The essence of island, clutched between stormy winter sea and placid lagoon. The best way to taste all flavours of Pellestrina is to take a seat in the beautiful terrace at restaurant “Da Celeste” and please your eyes and your palate with the simple surprises of gastronomy. Polenta, lagoon shrimps, mussels, codfish, and other seafood make for a sublime appetizer. Worthy of your meal will also be the “saor”, or onion-raisins-pine nut seasoning, be it with sardines as tradition says or the gentler version with scampi. Great fried fish is always on the menu, as are homemade tiramisu and cookies. Their wine list is interesting and not too lengthy. Now make amends by mounting on the bike you rented at Lido and stop by the Murazzi: sea on one side, lagoon on the other, a privilege given by nature… by the bus stop. Our amazing, incredible Venice.

 

Ristorante da Celeste
Via Vianelli 625/b, Pellestrina (Ve)
Info tel. 041-967355 - www.daceleste.it