Archive | May 18, 2013

Travel Essentials | The Fairgoer’s Guide to Venice’s Other Attractions

Osteria di Santa Marina
This respected (and pricey) osteria, just steps away from Marco Polo’s house, could have a Michelin star but balks at the idea. The tiny two-room eatery started as a modest blue-collar lunch spot serving simple sandwiches and pastas. Today, the menu looks something like this: scallop carpaccio topped with foie gras shavings and sauterne jelly. A far cry from its humble roots, but worth every penny. Campo Santa Marina,  

Enrica Rocca Cooking School
Learning authentic Venetian cookery is more about finding the best regional ingredients than knowing how to fry a fish. This is the fine point that Enrica Rocca, a Venetian countess and lifelong chef, likes to stress in her lessons. Her classes begin with shopping tips at Venice’s Rialto fish and produce market and end with a jolly cooking tutorial in her home. After a few casual yet highly informative hours spent with Ms. Rocca, guests leave with a knowledge of lagoon ingredients, a little culinary wisdom and, without fail, a full belly. Dorsoduro 568/A;  

Ristorante Quadri
The Alajmo family take cooking seriously, which is why both of their restaurants — Le Calandre in Padova and Ristorante Quadri in Venice — are studded with Michelin stars. For this year’s Venice Biennale, Ristorante Quadri opens its doors to pavilion-weary visitors, offering aperitifs that include chef Max Alajmo’s riff on classic Venetian cocktails, like the Verdini, a Bellini made from centrifuged apple and celery juice and topped with Prosecco. Piazza San Marco 


Locals go to Venetian Baccari, or snack bars, to fuel up on tasty morsels of baccala pâté and mini prosciutto sandwiches while shooting the breeze with strangers. This daily ritual usually includes a glass of wine. Nowhere are these satisfying snacks — orchiccette., as they are called — more toothsome than at L’Arco, a family-run baccaro beloved by Venetians and visitors alike. Calle Arco,  


The former Ungaro creative director Alessandro de Angelis’s new Venice jewelry boutique, Palwer, isn’t easy to find, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from looking for this little gem near San Marco’s Palazzo Grassi. Palwer’s signature pieces are dainty diamond-studded leather bracelets with gold and platinum clasps. But his collection also includes show-stopping pendants, rings and necklaces set with rare rubies, emeralds and precious stones and glass. Call for a private viewing of the collection. Salizada San Samuele  

Glass shops in Venice seem more ubiquitous than Starbucks. But give this boutique, on the two-minute stroll between Venice’s Academia Museum and The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a chance. The owner Filippo Gambardella doesn’t knock out legions of cheap souvenirs; instead, he curates the work of mid-century Venetian glass masters, from Barovier to Seguso to Venini. While there is some contemporary glassware here (Mr. Gambardella is very picky), the bulk of the objects are rare or limited-edition works from another time. Dorsoduro  

Cips Club is a short boat ride away from Hotel Cipriani.Tommy PiconeCips Club is a short boat ride away from Hotel Cipriani.


B Bar
The B Bar at the Bauer Hotel is the only late-night locale where Biennale attendees can really let off steam. The Negronis are coma-inducing, and the D.J. sets aren’t half bad either. But the biggest reason the art world’s glitterati (and their groupies) flock here is because it’s the only bar in town with a license to operate until 5 a.m.
Cips Club
To reach Cips, a casual dinning spot attached to Hotel Cipriani, you can catch a (Wow Gold ) private boat shuttle from San Marco that leaves you in front of the hotel. The menu is delightful (if spider crab linguini makes an appearance, order it), but even more impressive is the outdoor terrace with its cripplingly beautiful views of Venice. Because the wine list is so vast and so expertly curated, if dinner isn’t in the cards, spend an aperitif hour here with the sun setting on the water in front. Cips Club only has evening

EA engineer says ‘the Wii U is crap’

One Electronic Arts developer has taken to Twitter to sound off Diablo 3 Gold Kaufen on the struggling Wii U. As spotted by IGN, EA senior software engineer and architect Bob Summerwill did not hold back when expressing his feelings for the platform.

“The Wii U is crap,” Summerwill said, before deleting that tweet and all others. “Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet. Nintendo are walking dead at this point.”

“Sony, MS, Apple, Google all following the same playbook,” he added. “Standard, powerful, hardware, with focus on software and services.”

Summerwill suggested that Nintendo should have exited the hardware business and instead shopped around its major titles to Microsoft and Sony.

“Nintendo are still operating like it’s 1990,” he said. “They should have ‘done a Sega’ and offered Mario/Zelda as PS4/Durango exclusives. Instead they make this awful console. Just stop it! Just make great games!”

Summerwill has worked at EA in a number of technical roles since 1999.

His comments came a day after EA confirmed that after releasing four games for Wii U, the publisher has no new titles in development for the system. By comparison EA supported the original Wii throughout its lifespan with 78 total games.