Not only in this days of the “Mostra del cinema”, the Film festival, we at the Antico Martini arr lucky that its dress code has been abolished, unlike that hot summer night in the seventies when Walter Matthau appeared to eat dinner wearing a t-shirt. After it was politely pointed out to him that the restaurant had a dress code he walked back to his hotel and returned wearing a dinner jacket and tie, and ordered two bottles of Dom Perignon, which were served in two ice buckets. While the waiters watched dumb-founded, Matthau calmly stuck both his feet into the ice buckets and said: “It’s so hot tonight and you had me go all the way back to the Danieli for me to change my clothes. Now I have to cool my feet.”
Danny De Vito stuck close to the chef and refused to leave the kitchen wanting to taste everything; Harrison Ford didn’t feel like signing autographs for fans and so Jack Nicholson took pity on them, acting as a go-between. When in Venice Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre always dined at table number no.7, which they reserved under a fake name, with the waiters pretending that no one recognized the famous couple.
Davide, our regretted maître who passed away recently, still remembered all this - and many more anecdotes, because as a young waiter he worked the nightclub of the Martini: "Il Night". #anticomartini #localistoriciditalia #localistoriciveneziani #askmeaboutvenice #secretvenice #ristorantevenezia #venicefood #venezia #venice #veniceitaly #italy #localfood #veneziadavivere #mostradelcinemadivenezia