On a chilly January night, the Experience Magazine was invited to the cozy neighborhood favorite in Venice called Barrique. Formerly Ado, Barrique, which means “barrel aged” in Italian is a tiny house that features tasty gourmet Italian pasta and luxe dishes that you may have never heard of before.
When we sat down to dine, owner and food perfectionist, Tony Black, started our meal with fresh made bread and and a glass of red wine.
The appetizer that started our evening was the Branzino. A european sea bass prepared with sea urchin sauce and sea weed. It was so elegantly displayed. A light and delicious way to start our meal.
Our first pasta dish was the red beet pasta with quail. The taste of the pasta, the balance of the sauce. This is the sort of food that gets a Michelin rating. Chef Antonio Mure from Sicily knows how to make pasta dishes that stand out from the rest. Tony Black is an expert at pairing these pasta dishes with amazing wines. Barrique has an nobel and rustic charm. The tables are made from wine crates. The little yellow house is perfect for candle lit dinners or neighborhood get togethers. I noticed a number of Venice locals who are key players in the Venice Art Crawl.
The atmosphere at Barrique is vey cozy. Candle light, wooden tables and high end cutlery. Tony is a master server. He knows what people need and when they need it. Having been a server at Ado, Tony recently bought the place. Rather than turn the neighborhood spot into a gleaming cement and glass affair, Tony has kept the little yellow cottage in its original configuration. The food has a high end, in house taste. Chef Antonio prepares gourmet dishes that balance flavor and portion.
Being keen on vegetarian plates, Tony had chef Antonio prepare a vegetarian spaghetti. The sauce and cheese are flavorful and light. A touch of Sicily and Venice, California in one dish.
Sampling the food at Barrique is such a privilege. There aren’t many high quality, with handmade flavor restaurants in Venice. barrique is at the top of the list. Contact them to make a reservation today.
796 Main Street