Le Calandre Rubano

Visited: October 2022
Rating: 3 Michelin Macarons

We visited Le Calandre for the first time in 2018, had the menu “classico” and were very pleased. On being in the area for the autumn holidays, I took the chance and called them on Tuesday for a reservation the same week. They had free tables for lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We even could take our small dog with us.

When we arrived, we were guided to a table in a relatively bright area of a room that normally seems to be used for bigger parties. At the table, we already found on each place a tissue sleeve with four bread specialties and two bowl shaped pastries on skewers.

As usual the menu “classico” is offered and two other menus called “max” and “raf” which contain more seasonal ingredients. Since we had the most suited menu for those with intolerances and allergies at the first visit, we decided for à la carte. I ordered a Vie de Romans Sauvignon Blanc Vieris 2020 as wine companion.

Puffed pastry

These whole-wheat pastries were so light and fluffy that you could keep them in the mouth and they slowly dissolved.

Four different kinds of bread/bakeries

A demonstration of what is possible in a variety if you use different kinds of wheat, spices, and grains for the creation of quite different bread. Some were very good; others did not match the taste of us eaters.

Amuses bouches: tartelette with tuna sauce and capers, crispy parmesan roll with lime, a caramelized anchovie with olive cream, fruit gel

The tartelette was really good, the very crispy roll only discloses cheese taste but not lime, the little fish shaped amuse was good.

Warm bread with olive oil from Sicily served on little white porcelain handles with indentation


Jelly of mackerel, caviar, cold tuna belly foam, bottarga disk

This, I wanted to have again – the only repetition from our first visit.
I had the impression that last time it was a real, more dense ice cream and the proportions of the compounds were better balanced. Still a very good and impressive course.


From the menu raf: bowl of warm pumpkin orange puree with coffee sauce at the rim and walnut, pumpkin, orange, and gold decoration. Second bowl with walnut ice cream and decoration of the other components.


From the menu classico: three with ricotta cream filled crispy rolls, burrata with olive oil, a pastry pillow filled with basil cream and very aromatic tomato sauce served separately.


From the menu classico: al dente cooked spaghetti, egg yolk pepper sauce, guanciale ham jelly cubes of broth and a dried egg yolk on top. In a beaker, à part smoked broth was served with the recommendation to drink it after. A modern interpretation of carbonara.


From the menu max: Sounds fancy but promised more than it revealed in the end. Very al dente cooked pasta, sauce with sole pieces, aromatized with Gewürztraminer and capers. Sea urchin powder on top. I guess the sea urchin powder covered it all with a fishy taste so that no other tastes had the chance to compete with it.


From the menu max: 3 green and 3 beige colored ravioli filled with shellfish cream, artichokes, picked spider crab meat, lime oil and basil sauce. OK, but not overwhelming.

The next course I wanted to order was

Unfortunately, the supplier did not deliver the main ingredient of that course that day. “Moeche”, soft shell crab, has season in the Venetian lagoon in spring and autumn but this autumn is too warm so the season starts later. This might be the reason for the delivery problems. We know that from calls in other restaurants, which serve Moeche normally.

Instead, they offered a sea snail course but I decided for purple sole from the menu raf.


Two rolled filets of sole come with a purple potato puree with capers, raw radicchio, and pomegranate seeds. An unspectacular course that does not show its ingredients from the best side.

Pre-dessert: apple rose water, salty plum, cinnamon pear


From the menu max: discs of pear, fig, blackberry, and pear, soft meringue from aqua fava, crispy roll with fruit sorbet. Is this a dessert you’d expect from a restaurant with highest accolade?


Excellent dessert and a big enjoyment for those on the table who had it. Unfortunately, they do not offer anymore the spectacular chocolate game which was available in different versions throughout the years. You can see some of them in Massimiliano Alajmo’s book “Ingredients”.

Mignardises: Remember almond – Marzipan, coffee, walnut; rice crispy with black cherry, soft meringue and chocolate; vanilla ice cream and plum


While you find a lot of reviews about other Italian 3 macaron restaurants like Osteria Francescana, you do not hear much internationally about Le Calandre. It is perhaps better that way.
In contrary to our first visit I was disappointed. Probably my expectations were too high. Most of the courses we chose were missing the twist that one expects from a restaurant of this quality and price level.
A word about the pricing policy. I absolutely agree that high quality food has a certain price tag and I am willing to pay that if it rewards me with high pleasure and extraordinary experiences. This was with few exceptions not the case during this visit.
Since 2018, the menu bill has increased by almost 25% and is now close to 300 Euros. I doubt, that a carbonara is worth 60 Euros when ordered à la carte.

The service was impeccable and for me above expectation.


Ristorante Venissa Burano

Visited July 2021
Awards: One Michelin Macaron

I had the feeling in advance that it will not be the best experience for my family. If you have family members that have special requirements do not go into restaurants which do not publish a menu on their website. Probably my mistake not to have taken the time for reading carefully what has been published on their website about their philosophy. This is a meat-free restaurant. They only use local and seasonal fish and seafood from the lagoon and vegetables from their own garden. There is no à la carte menu. You have the choice between a 5, 7 or 9 courses menu. We took the 5 courses menu. I had two glasses of wine with the menu, both white wines from their own vineyards. The venue is beautiful. You basically take lunch in their garden.

We arrived around one hour before our reservation at the vaporetto station Mazzorbo after a 40 minutes boat trip starting from Fontamente Nove in the north of Venice. A short walk direction Burano takes you to the hotel. I quickly jumped in to inform the restaurant that we will come to the restaurant in one hour and that some participants do eat fish but no seafood.

After we took place at the table water and home-made Grissini were served. My daughter liked the Grissini very much. They were made from corn wheat and also olive oil was used. They remind her on a popular cereal for breakfast…

Greetings from the kitchen were offered.

In the box: salt-crystallized wine leaves and tapioka cracker; in front miter pumpkin (german: Bischofsmütze) and bottarga
Whole grain bread with cucumber and mayonnaise; dumpling with fish tatar
Good warm bread and very good sicilian olive oil

Both very good taken on its own but did not fit very well together. A less intense white bread would highlight the quality of the olive oil better.

Variation of scallops, clams and mussels

When this was served, we first looked alienated to each other. This was noticed and the course was taken from the table. The waiter I was talking to when we arrived apologized a lot for this faux pas.

Marinated fish, walnuts, herb sauce

A kind of thick sashimi, very tender and mild. Probably not the first choice for a child.

Fried sardines, tomato cream, wild fennel sauce, sea fennel
Wine: Bianco Venusa 2018 from Dorona di Venezia grapes grown on the Island of Mazzorbo

A not very spectacular course. OK, but not more.

Spaghetti cooked in tuna broth, served with grape broth and with fermented sardines

Beautiful but again not very impressing from taste.

Green ravioli with bitter salads, fermented pine cream and various herbs
Cod pan-fried in butter, cod croquette, cod liver parfait, seaweed, bean rilette, green peppers, oregano
Wine: Venissa 2015 from Dorona grapes, 4 years in concrete tanks, 2 years bottle maturation

This was actually very good. The white wine was a very special one, very intense and it should have longevity.

Alternative vegetarian main course: Tempeh of chick peas, fermented soya and gooseberries

Tempeh is an originally Indonesian course with the main compound fermented soybeans. Also this main course tasted well.

Pré-dessert: Sorbet of cucumber, cucumerazzo, portulak, mint, olive oil

Cucumerazzo is a so called cucumber melon originating from the south of Italy.

Mille-feuille, thin slices of green tomato, peach, peach ragout and verbena ice cream
Fox grape jelly
Cypress marshmallow
Herbes beignet
Coffee almond macaron
Baci cocoa sphere


Nice venue and praiseworthy sustainable approach but unfortunately most of it not our taste.