Yuri Esposito goes to Cantina Do Spade
On the topic of Venice, I was there just a few days ago on occasion of the 70th Venice Film Festival. What comes to mind when I think of that particular trip is COOL! VERY COOL!
The young director, Alesso Fava, (the hubby’s good friend) won an award from the Bienneale di Venezia and Gucci. As part of the award he was given 150,000 euros to produce a film and the honor of having it viewed at the Venice Film Festival.
We went as a friend of the director. Very cool… In fact, it was sort of surreal watching a movie where I knew not only the director but also the actors personally. (Yes I did sort of feel like a groupie, which was fine since I knew it was only a transient moment.)
The film is entitled Yuri Esposito. Yuri, the main character, is afflicted by a rare degenerative disease that forces him to move very very slowly. With treatment the disease is manageable and Yuri is able to find work and love. However, the couple’s apparently stable life is turned upside down when Yuri finds out his wife is expecting.
Needless to say the entire time I am watching Yuri tear their relationship apart, I’m thinking “don’t you (husband) ever dare do a thing like that to me”. All the while holding his hands ever so firmly (ok angrily). All the while poor hubby is looking at me confused like “What did I do?”
Now if I had to pick a restaurant to go with this movie (you know dinner and movie… this makes perfect sense… just go with it… ), I’d choose Cantina do Spade (http://cantinadospade.com/).
Now why did I pick this restaurant/bar you ask? Because it’s radical chic like the characters in the movie and the actors who play them. And because here too time moves very very slowly.
This place dates back to at least 1448! YES I DID SAY 1448!!! That’s before Christopher Columbus “discovered” America folks. Obviously if this place sucked, it would have closed its doors by now. Instead it’s still a success, attracting locals and savvy tourists alike.
Do Spade offers traditional cicchetti, which can most easily be described as Venetian tapas. The cicchetti are on display in a glass case as you enter the restaurant. You can just point to choose which ones you want. Feel free to visit the glass case again, because chances are they’ve brought out something new.
The restaurant also offers traditional menu items with normal portions sizes, like spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams). Oh and the prices rock too, a glass of more than decent wine for 3 euros. And the campari soda, delicious!
Signed with love, your groupie for the night,