Osteria de’ Peccatori — Restaurant Review

Osteria de’ Peccatori serves typical Tuscan food.

It’s name translates as “Restaurant of Sinners.”

It’s open until midnight, which is why my hungry roommates and I decided to go stop by and have a (very) late dinner.

Basics: the food was mediocre, and I probably won’t go back — if you do go, I’d recommend paying for it in cash and saving your AIFS program meal vouchers for Golden View where it pays off more.

Positives: they’re accommodating to vegetarian and gluten-free requests, they made me something off the menu; rice and mushrooms and a salad. The rice-mushroom thing was very mushroomy. I like mushrooms, but this was very intense.

We had dessert too, which was better than the food, I think.

Kat’s “Sinner’s cup of Ice Cream” (or something like that).

My tiramisu was alright. In my opinion, Masticabrodo’s tiramisu is the best I’ve had so far (they’re a meal voucher restaurant too).
My disclaimer is that this review is written from a gluten-free, vegetarian standpoint. Their pizzas/pastas might be good; I wouldn’t know.
Tips for Osteria de’ Peccatori
  • Pay in euros, don’t use up your meal vouchers here.
  • Their mushroom risotto is very, very mushroomy tasting. Be warned.

Special Diet tip: Directly ask your server what they can make you that fits your dietary needs ūüôā I don’t know how I didn’t think of this earlier, but from now on I’ll be directly asking for help choosing foods from my waiter in the future.


Venice (the City of Zombies) — Day Two Evening

Hi! Me and a canal.
I found an herbal shop.
Venetian food: each region of Italy has a distinct cuisine. They are so different, in fact, that there truly is no such thing as “Italian” food.¬†Not surprisingly, seafood is a large part of a typical Venetian diet.
  • Cicheti is an interesting, unique component of Venetian cuisine. It’s a kind of “finger food”, which ranges form veggies to seafood. I had some eggplant and potatoes which were pretty good. It’s basically little pieces of food that can be ordered at the counter like this one and eaten standing at the bar, or taken to go.
  • They also serve spritz,¬†a wine-based cocktail composed of prosecco wine or champagne, bitter liqueur, and sparkling mineral water.
  • The typical wines include of that region are Merlot, Cabernet, Prosecco, and Pinot, with an emphasis on Manzoni and Raboso wines.
Our tour guide Rita recommended¬†Cantina¬†Do Mori¬†and Cantina¬†Do Spade.¬†They’re sort of like pubs; it’s hard to explain. You can order food to be eated while standing at the bar. It’s an interesting experience.
After the walking tour, my roommate Elizabeth V. and I  headed back to the hotel, tired out and with sore feet.
We suddenly came upon an unexpected sight… There were a bunch of people that appeared to be armed milling around, along with a bunch of police officers and security. We kept walking toward the bridge we needed to cross to reach out hotel when suddenly….
We get totally swarmed by a huge crowd of people dressed like zombies. I accidentally ran into a trashcan trying to get away (I tried to speed walk away in the opposite direction from the on-coming mass of costumed pretend-zombies). I lost Elizabeth and kind of got trapped in the middle of the procession. I watched the fake-armed people pretend-kill the zombies. Venice has some sort of annual zombie parade, which I guess is great for people who enjoy that kind of thing.
May as well walk the dog while wandering the streets as an undead citizen of Venice.