Antica Besseta

Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Wood panelling and fresh flowers set the scene at this veteran trattoria, known for giving contemporary verve to regional classics. The delizie di pesce dell'Adriatico – a tasting plate which might see seared scallops served with a brandy and asparagus salsa – makes for a stimulating prologue to dishes like almond-crusted turbot with artichokes and cherry tomatoes.

Dapper owner Gigi Cassan is a trained sommelier, a fact reflected in the inspired wine list.