Restaurant Antico Martini

Restaurant Antico Martini Historical Italian restaurant, dear to Rubinstein, Stravinsky, Chaplin. In the heart of Venice, overlooking La Fenice theatre square. Since 1720.
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Not only in this days of the “Mostra del cinema”, the Film festival, we at the Antico Martini arr lucky that its dress c...
01/09/2021

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

#Summertime #anticomartini #localistoriciditalia #venicefood #venezia #venice #veniceitaly #italy #italia #italianfood #...
22/08/2021

#Summertime #anticomartini #localistoriciditalia #venicefood #venezia #venice #veniceitaly #italy #italia #italianfood #venicefoodie #veneziadavivere #ristorantevenezia

#Summertime #anticomartini #localistoriciditalia #venicefood #venezia #venice #veniceitaly #italy #italia #italianfood #venicefoodie #veneziadavivere #ristorantevenezia

1922 the restaurant became the "Antico Martini" when Antonio Baldi, a Tuscan wine merchant took it over from the previou...
02/08/2021

1922 the restaurant became the "Antico Martini" when Antonio Baldi, a Tuscan wine merchant took it over from the previous owner who had gone bust during World War One. A Giuseppe Cherubini painting in the Martini, depicting St. Mark's church barricaded by sandbags and wood panels, commemorates this era. Venice was one of the battlefields of the First World War, the Austro-Hungarian troops had bombed the city – and in the aftermath Venice resembled a dark and damp fortress from which most of the inhabitants had fled: in 1918 there were forty thousand people living in the city, before the war it had been hundred and fifty thousand. #venicefood #venezia #venicegram #veneziadavivere #veniceunusualthings #askmeaboutvenice #localistoricivenezia #historicalplacesvenice

The AnticoMartini once - and now: Find the difference! #localistoriciveneziani #anticomartini #venicegram #restaurantsin...
28/07/2021

The AnticoMartini once - and now: Find the difference! #localistoriciveneziani #anticomartini #venicegram #restaurantsinvenice #historicalplaces #aphotoofveniceaday #teatrolafenice #askmeaboutvenice #ristorantelocale #foodlover #venicephotos

Proud to present some classics of Venetian cuisine: Turbot, sea bass, sea bream. #venetiancooking #pescefresco #venicefo...
24/07/2021

Proud to present some classics of Venetian cuisine: Turbot, sea bass, sea bream. #venetiancooking #pescefresco #venicefoodie #venicefood #venicegram #ristorantedipesce #askmeaboutvenice #ristorantelocale

Proud to present some classics of Venetian cuisine: Turbot, sea bass, sea bream. #venetiancooking #pescefresco #venicefoodie #venicefood #venicegram #ristorantedipesce #askmeaboutvenice #ristorantelocale

Maybe you would like to celebrate your birthday party  like Pietro Mascagni, the composer of the "Cavalleria Rusticana" ...
22/07/2021

Maybe you would like to celebrate your birthday party like Pietro Mascagni, the composer of the "Cavalleria Rusticana" in the Antico Martini?

„Which artist, playwright, politician has been in Venice without passing through the Martini?“ - said the „Guida commerciale della città e provincia di Venezia 1921-22“ - and it’s still true until today!

#localistoricivenezia #venezia #lafenice #anticomartini #historicalplacesinvenice #restaurantsinVenice

Maybe you would like to celebrate your birthday party like Pietro Mascagni, the composer of the "Cavalleria Rusticana" in the Antico Martini?

„Which artist, playwright, politician has been in Venice without passing through the Martini?“ - said the „Guida commerciale della città e provincia di Venezia 1921-22“ - and it’s still true until today!

#localistoricivenezia #venezia #lafenice #anticomartini #historicalplacesinvenice #restaurantsinVenice

There are certain summer days that are best endured with a bit of air conditioning … How about a light “after-Redentore-...
18/07/2021

There are certain summer days that are best endured with a bit of air conditioning … How about a light “after-Redentore-lunch” in our splendid Cherubini-room? Back in 1923 this room was declared “one of the most beautiful and characteristic restaurant rooms in Italy”.
This room embodies the best traditions of our restaurant. The magnificent paintings of Giuseppe Cherubini give it a strong personality while simultaneously making it an intimate, jovial and relaxing location for a real Venetian meal. #venezia #venicefoodie #localistoriciditalia #localistoriciveneziani #cherubini #restaurantinvenice

There are certain summer days that are best endured with a bit of air conditioning … How about a light “after-Redentore-lunch” in our splendid Cherubini-room? Back in 1923 this room was declared “one of the most beautiful and characteristic restaurant rooms in Italy”.
This room embodies the best traditions of our restaurant. The magnificent paintings of Giuseppe Cherubini give it a strong personality while simultaneously making it an intimate, jovial and relaxing location for a real Venetian meal. #venezia #venicefoodie #localistoriciditalia #localistoriciveneziani #cherubini #restaurantinvenice

In Venice, the past is the present: the first photo shows the Antico Martini a hundred years ago, the second today. Find...
16/07/2021

In Venice, the past is the present: the first photo shows the Antico Martini a hundred years ago, the second today. Find the difference!
#anticomartini #restaurantsinvenice #venicegram #venicefoodie #hospitalityinvenice

Having dinner at the Antico Martini is a step into Venetian history: The Antico Martini was founded in 1720 when it stil...
10/07/2021

Having dinner at the Antico Martini is a step into Venetian history: The Antico Martini was founded in 1720 when it still went by the name of "Caffè San Fantin," San Fantin being the name of its square. The side street is a reference to its origins: Calle del Cafetier. Serenissima (Venice's Italian nickname from "Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia", "the most serene Republic of Venice") had started importing coffee in the early 18th century and drinking coffee became fashionable. More than four hundred cafés served customers in Venice, including the Caffè San Fantin in this square, an excellent location, as the Fenice Theater opened here in 1792.

People who used to come here to eat with their grandparents during summer vacations thirty years ago would not fail to recognize the Antico Martini today – the restaurant’s beauty is timeless. #localistoriciveneziani #historicalplace #restaurantsinvenice #venicefoodie #anticomartini #localistoriciditalia #associazionelocalistoriciditalia #venicehospitality #venezia

Having dinner at the Antico Martini is a step into Venetian history: The Antico Martini was founded in 1720 when it still went by the name of "Caffè San Fantin," San Fantin being the name of its square. The side street is a reference to its origins: Calle del Cafetier. Serenissima (Venice's Italian nickname from "Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia", "the most serene Republic of Venice") had started importing coffee in the early 18th century and drinking coffee became fashionable. More than four hundred cafés served customers in Venice, including the Caffè San Fantin in this square, an excellent location, as the Fenice Theater opened here in 1792.

People who used to come here to eat with their grandparents during summer vacations thirty years ago would not fail to recognize the Antico Martini today – the restaurant’s beauty is timeless. #localistoriciveneziani #historicalplace #restaurantsinvenice #venicefoodie #anticomartini #localistoriciditalia #associazionelocalistoriciditalia #venicehospitality #venezia

08/07/2021

Just one of our ideas for pasta lovers:
See bass ravioli and small ratatouille
(Ravioli al branzino con piccola ratatouille)

The plain pasta is for a little boy who hates anything that has to do with fish or vegetables 😂

What is better for a light summer lunch than a perfect buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, basil and some good oliv...
05/07/2021

What is better for a light summer lunch than a perfect buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, basil and some good olive oil? Just as a small pause while walking around in all the small magic and hidden corners of Venice. #summertime #venicefoodie #localistoriciveneziani

What is better for a light summer lunch than a perfect buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, basil and some good olive oil? Just as a small pause while walking around in all the small magic and hidden corners of Venice. #summertime #venicefoodie #localistoriciveneziani

We at Antico Martini prefer to maintain a certain privacy towards our celebrity guests. But when we see in the Gazzettin...
04/07/2021

We at Antico Martini prefer to maintain a certain privacy towards our celebrity guests. But when we see in the Gazzettino a photo of Bill Wyman, the former bass player of the Rolling Stones, having an aperitif on our terrace described as "a restaurant in the San Marco area", we think that we could help the local knowledge and journalistic due diligence of the Gazzettino: Bill Wyman is sitting on the terrace of Antico Martini, the most traditional restaurant in Venice, which has been welcoming guests on Campo San Fantin since 1720.

We at Antico Martini prefer to maintain a certain privacy towards our celebrity guests. But when we see in the Gazzettino a photo of Bill Wyman, the former bass player of the Rolling Stones, having an aperitif on our terrace described as "a restaurant in the San Marco area", we think that we could help the local knowledge and journalistic due diligence of the Gazzettino: Bill Wyman is sitting on the terrace of Antico Martini, the most traditional restaurant in Venice, which has been welcoming guests on Campo San Fantin since 1720.

This is the sign on the ground at the corner of Calle 22 marzo that shows the way to the Antico Martini. But it tells al...
03/07/2021

This is the sign on the ground at the corner of Calle 22 marzo that shows the way to the Antico Martini. But it tells also a bit of the story of Venice: The Antico Martini led a double life for quite some time - first secretly, then openly. The nightclub was founded after the war in 1945: the Antico Martini had been confiscated by the Allied troops who longed for relaxation - not only did the Americans deliver whisky to Venice with their warships, but they also delivered a piano that is still in storage at the Martini.
The soldiers were more interested in st******se shows than in music – and they were lastly the logical continuation of the libertarian Venetian lifestyle: In the mid-18th century ridotti were the private gambling casinos for where aristocrats could gamble and enjoy themselves with courtesans. Ever since, a secret Venetian life has unfolded in Venetian coffee houses like the Martini at Campo San Fantin.

There was a brothel in operation above the Antico Martini until 1958, the year when the Merlin Law banned whorehouses in Italy. When the Martini was renovated and remodeled in 2006/2007 lists with the ladies' rates were still found nailed to the doors.
#localistoricivenezia #anticomartini #historicalplaces #venetianlife #venetianrestaurants #venetianstoricalrestaurants
#venicefoodie #venetianfood

This is the sign on the ground at the corner of Calle 22 marzo that shows the way to the Antico Martini. But it tells also a bit of the story of Venice: The Antico Martini led a double life for quite some time - first secretly, then openly. The nightclub was founded after the war in 1945: the Antico Martini had been confiscated by the Allied troops who longed for relaxation - not only did the Americans deliver whisky to Venice with their warships, but they also delivered a piano that is still in storage at the Martini.
The soldiers were more interested in st******se shows than in music – and they were lastly the logical continuation of the libertarian Venetian lifestyle: In the mid-18th century ridotti were the private gambling casinos for where aristocrats could gamble and enjoy themselves with courtesans. Ever since, a secret Venetian life has unfolded in Venetian coffee houses like the Martini at Campo San Fantin.

There was a brothel in operation above the Antico Martini until 1958, the year when the Merlin Law banned whorehouses in Italy. When the Martini was renovated and remodeled in 2006/2007 lists with the ladies' rates were still found nailed to the doors.
#localistoricivenezia #anticomartini #historicalplaces #venetianlife #venetianrestaurants #venetianstoricalrestaurants
#venicefoodie #venetianfood

The artist Mariano Fortuny was one of the regular guests at the Antico Martini - in those golden twenties when the paint...
01/07/2021

The artist Mariano Fortuny was one of the regular guests at the Antico Martini - in those golden twenties when the painter Giuseppe Cherubini shaped the Antico Martini according to the spirit of the times with his paintings - and immortalised his friend in this picture: Mariano Fortuny is the man on the far right of the mural.

Cherubini's sparkling gold works of art still adorn the Antico Martini today as murals in the Cherubini Hall and as friezes in the Sala Fenice, together with Fortuny’s lamps they are glamorous representations of sophisticated life in #museofortuny Venice.
#localistoriciveneziani #historicalplaces #venetianrestaurants #anticomartini

Shrimps flavored with curry and honey on a bed of valerians. Venetian cooking is often inspired by Venetian story: orien...
29/06/2021

Shrimps flavored with curry and honey on a bed of valerians. Venetian cooking is often inspired by Venetian story: oriental flavor bathed with the sea. #venicefood #localistoriciveneziani #historicalplaces #venetianrestaurants #anticomartini

Shrimps flavored with curry and honey on a bed of valerians. Venetian cooking is often inspired by Venetian story: oriental flavor bathed with the sea. #venicefood #localistoriciveneziani #historicalplaces #venetianrestaurants #anticomartini

Stefania, the manager of the Antico Martini is standing outside by the canal and waiting for the fish that the fisherman...
15/06/2021

Stefania, the manager of the Antico Martini is standing outside by the canal and waiting for the fish that the fisherman from Chioggia will be delivering in his boat. Stefania examines the goods that are delivered to Antico Martini with the typically critical attitude of a Venetian. And when Stefania complains that the sole they delivered recently was too big for the fritto misto, a Venetian specialty of fried seafood, a classic of Venice’s cuisine, the fisherman tells her to get in his boat - vieni, vieni bambina - to choose the sole themselves.
#localistoriciveneziani #localistoriciditalia #venicefoodie #seafoodlover #typicalvenetian #typicalvenetianfood #veniceitaly #anticomartini #venetianlifeandculture #venetianlifestyle

Stefania, the manager of the Antico Martini is standing outside by the canal and waiting for the fish that the fisherman from Chioggia will be delivering in his boat. Stefania examines the goods that are delivered to Antico Martini with the typically critical attitude of a Venetian. And when Stefania complains that the sole they delivered recently was too big for the fritto misto, a Venetian specialty of fried seafood, a classic of Venice’s cuisine, the fisherman tells her to get in his boat - vieni, vieni bambina - to choose the sole themselves.
#localistoriciveneziani #localistoriciditalia #venicefoodie #seafoodlover #typicalvenetian #typicalvenetianfood #veniceitaly #anticomartini #venetianlifeandculture #venetianlifestyle

Canestrelli, a shellfish that resembles a miniature scallop presents a mandatory part of fritto misto and Venetian seafo...
13/06/2021

Canestrelli, a shellfish that resembles a miniature scallop presents a mandatory part of fritto misto and Venetian seafood hors d’oevres, just like other kinds of fish: granseola, the crab meat scraped from the shell, capelunghe, grilled or steamed razor clams, a kind of clam that many Venetians collected on the beach as children, the canocchie, also referred to as mantis shrimp in English, the mazzancolle, small prawns and seppie, small squids, which used to be a traditional Venetian hors d’oevres which has become almost extinct in Venice (and maintained proudly in the Antico Martini) just like the latti di seppia, squid eggs, which resemble the white of a boiled egg. (By the way, all Venetians know how to catch seppie: You place a female squid into a cage and lower it into the water and the males will swim right up to it) #venicefoodie #venicefood #localistoricivenezia #localistoriciveneziani #localistoriciditalia #venicerestaurant #seafoodlover #seafoodheaven #anticomartini #talkingaboutfood

When the Antico Martini opened again, we hold a minute's silence: for our former maître Davide Iezzi. Davide worked at t...
12/06/2021

When the Antico Martini opened again, we hold a minute's silence: for our former maître Davide Iezzi. Davide worked at the Antico Martini for 40 years. He came as a young man and spent his life here, first as commis de rang as the young waiters are called, then as chef de rang, as station waiter, in between as barman in the piano bar, the Martini's former nightclub, and finally as head waiter - always ready to exude friendliness, to take away the guest's first moment of strangeness, to make colleagues laugh, to celebrate life.
Davide was used to study the arriving guest, his gait and facial expression, his posture, manner of expression and voice: Davide was one of those waiters with experience who guesses what a guest wants to eat, even if the guest doesn't know it yet.
He knew that Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir always sat at table seven and everyone had to pretend they didn't know who they were, he had seen Jack Nicholson handing out autographs to fans for Harrison Ford, and he also knew the names of the permanent hostesses of the Martini's nightclub: Giada, Emy - and last but not least the beautiful Kiki Schubert, whose real name was Claudio and who came from Rimini. When Davide told about it, he laughed so infectiously that you would have loved to have been there.
Last year Davide moved to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, where he wanted to enjoy retirement with his wife. On 7 February, he died there in a tragic accident. He leaves behind his wife, two daughters and his 91-year-old mother.
Ciao Davide, we all miss you. May the earth be light to you.#localistoricivenezia #venice #traditionalvenice

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Campo Teatro Fenice 2007
Venice
30124

Orario di apertura

Lunedì 11:30 - 23:30
Martedì 11:30 - 23:30
Mercoledì 11:30 - 23:30
Giovedì 11:30 - 23:30
Venerdì 11:30 - 23:30
Sabato 11:30 - 23:30
Domenica 11:30 - 23:30

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Antico Martini, since 1720

1720

A coffee house opened in Venice’s San Fantin square. One of the side streets off the square still bears the name “Calle del Cafetier”. The Fenice theatre opened in San Fantin square on the 16th May 1792, at a time when Venice was alive with music and theatre. The Ateneo Veneto, an institution for the promotion and diffusion of letters, arts and culture, and especially Venetian culture, opened in San Fantin square in January 1812. As a result the coffee house soon became a meeting point for theatre goers, artists and intellectuals.

1863

The coffee house was renamed Caffè Martini after the new owner who took over its running and extended and redecorated the rooms. Caffè Martini’s fame grew dramatically as a result of the skills of manager Paolo Montico, who ran the business for around twenty five years and provided its “life and soul”.

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We will be there on June 30th for dinner on a Tauck Tour celebrating our parents' 50th wedding anniversary. We are a party of 16. The Klein Family. Our parents', Eric and Earlene Klein got married on June 29, 1969. They are treating us all to this fabulous trip to Italy, and we would like to make their first night there special. Can we have a champagne toast? Do you have a nice 40-year old tawny port? Is there a way to provide a cherry cheesecake celebratory cake? We appreciate any assistance you can give us in making this a special evening. Thank you.