Tucked away on a charming side street between Venice’s famous Rialto fish market and Campo San Polo, Antiche Carampane has become as renowned a restaurant as the centuries-old, historic area it has called home since 1983. The epitome of a hidden culinary treasure, this small but lively eatery occupies the ground floor of a hundreds-of-year-old-building that was once home to a tavern, famed for serving wine and sustenance to repeat customers of the neighborhood’s local brothels.
Having grown up the son of a fish wholesaler for the Rialto market, and a stay at home mother whose passion for cooking was seemingly infectious, in 1983 Giovanni “Nani” Battista Bortoluzzi took over the vacant, 14th century building and opened Antiche Carampane along with his two siblings, Guido and Piera.
Like any classic Italian, family-run business, the historic trattoria has been passed down through generations, with each subsequent family member adding his or her own flair to the menu, while remaining true to the restaurant’s authentic heritage. Filled daily with discerning locals and in-the-know visitors looking for a classic taste of Venetian cuisine, Antiche Carampane is a must go for seafood lovers in search of traditional dishes with a modern twist, made only of the finest and freshest local ingredients. For food-loving travelers especially, this restaurant should not be missed!