Friday, 10 August 2012

Lineadombra, Venice

Lineadombra was a find from our wanderings out to the very tip of Dorsoduro near La Salute.  It has a beautiful deck literally floating in the Giudecca Canal beside the walk.  A light canopy keeps the sun off the back of your neck but the open platform allows the breeze to find you.

The staff of this eatery are most helpful in explaining the menu and are so proud of the fresh offerings they have each day.  As foodies know, it is usually wise to try the daily specials on any given menu.  This represents the chef at her or his finest.  So we started with 2 special appetizers - one was a heavenly spider crab salad.  For those who have not experienced these morsels, they are crabs about the size of a small tarantula (yes, I know not the greatest food image but it is the perfect size equivalent) and you eat the whole thing, much like you do with a soft shell crab.  Delish!  The second appetizer was a tartare dish that included 3 types of fish, a scampi, a langoustine and a scallop.  What a luscious array.

The main course was shared - chosen from a platter of the fish that had been caught that morning.  Our choice was the special "lucerne," a strange looking reddish "thang."  This baby was baked in parchment inside a salt crust with artichokes, grape tomatoes, black olives and thinly sliced potatoes.  So fresh and unique.  Okay, so we were soooo full we opted out of dessert but espresso and a limoncello is just about as good.

Now, before we go any further, I want to bring up a topic that is bound to rear its ugly head again and again.  For those of you who know me (and that's pretty much everyone), you'll know about my love of all things salty.  If any of you don't know, put salt and sugar in front of me and I'll choose salt every time.  I just want to make it perfectly clear that the salt crust was a cooking method and I did not, I repeat, did not eat it!

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