Do Forni epitomizes Venice’s time-honoured history, having been a favourite spot of the international jet-set (including royals) ever since it’s opening. Owner Eligio Paties explains the origin of its name: “During the golden years of the Venetian Republic, there was a bakery on this street (bakery in Italian is “forno” – and “forni” it’s plural form), which produced bread and confectionary for the nearby convent of San Zaccaria, but was also a small, typically Venetian Osteria.

The venue has been run by Eligio Paties since 1973, whose inherent passion for food and genuine appreciation for hospitality has made it a sought-after destination for visitors who wish to experience the noblest traditions of hospitality.

“The distinctive feature of the restaurant is undoubtedly its décor. Its typically Venetian style rooms offer a traditional, elegant setting, while its remaining dining spaces have been designed to reproduce the dining car of the unforgettable Orient Express.

When dining in Venice the word ‘haste’ is forbidden. So, relax and indulge in a special evening enhanced by delightful food and a welcoming atmosphere. Its superb seasonal menu features typical Venetian specialties, where standouts include the entrés (crab and scallops) and first courses (don’t miss the risottos and soups).

Eligio Paties is also the owner of the Antico Pignolo, a restaurant located just a short distance from Do Forni. The origins of this venue date back to ancient times, probably a few centuries ago when, after being used as a depot for marble for St. Mark’s Basilica, it was rented by an innkeeper. Here too typical Venetian cuisine takes the stage: fish and meat are the highlights of the menu and will seduce the palates of even the most discerning diners!