At the new Cip's Club restaurant, on the quiet island of Giudecca (and part of the Hotel Cipriani ), guests arrive by private launch or gondola and stroll through romantic gardens fragrant with oleander and jasmine. Highlights of longtime Cipriani chef Antonio Gadaletta's menu are fresh Adriatic fish, crisp pizzas, handmade pastas, and updated versions of traditional Venetian dishes, such as calf's liver served with creamy polenta and veal osso buco with mashed potatoes and diced green apples. To share: light-as-air fritto misto. Dolci include sumptuous white-peach gelato and wild-berry tartlets. The pumpkin-colored walls of the attractive 40-seat room display Venetian watercolors, but for a stunning view of the real thing, the seats of choice are on the terrace. There diners can linger over a glass of Chianti Capannelle Riserva 1995 with the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square directly across the water--making Cip's Club the best place in Venice to dine alfresco. Dinner, $200. Note: The hotel is closed from January 7 to March 15. Hotel Cipriani, Giudecca; 39-041-520-7744; fax 39-041-520-3930.
— Diane Dorrans Saeks
Restaurant prices reflect a three-course dinner for two, excluding beverages and gratuity.
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