This is the front of the Aciugheta where the wine bar is located
We went back out in the early evening, visiting a nearby neighborhood where I had found a couple of likely restaurants online. They were both closed, so we resorted to looking at menus in other restaurants in the area and we decided on the Aciugheta, a trattoria/pizzeria tucked in the back of a trendy wine bar.
I started with mussels with tomatoes in a hot spicey sauce, which were as good as they sounded.
Linda wanted bruschetta with tomato and basil. Our waiter said that he was out of fresh tomatoes, but asked if using canned tomato sauce would work. Linda decided that it might be better than it sounded and agreed. It wasn't better than it sounded.
She also got a pizza, which was much better, while I had assorted fish in a tempura batter. It tasted fine, but other than two or three small morsels, it was all calamari.
I wanted to try a wine from the Veneto region and selected a bottle of the prosecco house wine for 18€. Proseccos are sparkling, Italian white wines. This one was a little drier than I usually choose, but fairly good.
After dinner, we walked on toward San Marco, window shopping and stopping to check on candy and liquor in one of the few shops which were open. When we arrived at San Marco, the moon was visible above the Basilica di San Marco and Linda and I spent a few minutes taking night photographs before heading back to our hotel.
copyright 2012 by Keith Stokes.