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Da Poggi
Avg. Customer Review (3.5 Palms): 3.5 Palms
Number of Reviews: 2

Review Type: Restaurant
2103 Rio Terà de la Maddalena, Venezia, 30121
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 041-721199
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A possibility for gluten free in Venice,

Reviewer: from South Riding, VA - See all reviews by Gftraveler

3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
Our first night dining in Venice started out as a bit of a disaster, but ended in pure happiness. Our intention was to take the vaporetto (public water taxi) up to the northern part of Venice after visiting Ca' Rezzonico, a beautiful 18th century palace that's now a museum. We left Ca' Rezzonico at 5 pm when they closed and meandered around exploring churches, canals, and bridges. Then we decided to head up the area where the restaurant, Da Poggi, is located (the Cannareggio area). They'd been reviewed favorably on this site, and I'm sure they can do a good job for gluten free diners. However, when we arrived a bit before they opened, I popped in to confirm they could handle gluten free meals. It's a good thing I did. The woman I spoke with (I think the owner) told me right away they couldn't do gluten free that evening, because they were out of gluten free pasta. OK, well, since we'd come that far, we weren't walking away that easily! I asked if they could prepare the half-chicken (pretty sure that would be a safe GF bet!). She said they didn't have any chicken that night. This restaurant has a wonderful and long menu, but it appeared that they were dependent on what they could get that day (from suppliers). Being in Venice, this is understandable. Since she didn't suggest any other menu items that might be safe for our Celiac son, I took it as a sign we should go with Plan B (always have a Plan B), so we moved on to locate another restaurant not too far from here (Al Timon, but another "dead end" in terms of GF dining (see my review of that, as well as of Trattoria Al Gazzetino where we eventually ended up!). Regarding Ristorante Da Poggi, they don't have a website, and their phone is no longer operational, so its hard to contact them in advance to see if they'll be able to accommodate gluten free. If you're up in that area, however, it seems like it could be a good bet, on the right night.

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Da Poggi, Venice, Italy,

Reviewer: from Vancouver, BC, Canada - See all reviews by Jenn

4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
I was determined to have a good dinner in Venice and I headed out in search of the one restaurant listed on the Italian Celiac Associations gluten free restaurant list, Da Poggi. I knew it might be a challenge to find but Venice is surprisingly safe and although getting lost is easy (and fun), you’re never really lost as it’s such a small place. I cannot say enough about how wonderful it was to sit and eat in a restaurant that completely understood gluten free! The restaurant itself is quite small, about 7 tables and just one person serving. I was immediately shown what I could choose from and ordered a shrimp pasta dish with a Caprese salad to start…and of course Italian wine. I was brought a plate of GF crackers as they were not able to get fresh bread on Sundays. This turned out just fine as I decided I would return the next day and have dinner there again! Da Poggi was even more of a delight the second night as I was served two fresh hot rolls to start and they were delicious. I ordered polenta with Venetian shrimp to start, followed by Bolognese pasta. It was wonderful. The restaurant ended up closing early as the chef had to leave and I was the last customer there. I took the opportunity to talk with the server and learned a little more about this special restaurant. They were introduced (Sarah and her partner the chef) to celiac disease about 15 years ago when a friend of theirs was diagnosed. They began to do research on cooking gluten free and later incorporated this into their restaurant. They are the only one listed in Venice as most Venetian kitchens are very small and preventing the cross contamination requires stopping the cooking of the other dishes while the gluten free one is prepared and then restarting afterwards. This causes some chaos with the timing of meals and really takes a dedicated chef and restaurant to carry it off. I grew to appreciate this much more in talking to Sarah. I asked about how many celiacs they have visit the restaurant and she laughed. The night before, there was one at each of 6 of the 7 tables and the second night there were 5 of the 7 tables. A very popular place! The chef had left early as he was heading to a conference where he was to talk about cooking gluten free! What a wonderful couple and definitely a place I would recommend visiting – multiple times like I did if you get the chance!

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