Mario alla Fava

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 23 reviews )

Calle dei Stagneri 5242, Venice, Italy, 30124

Serves meat, vegan options available. Finer dining near Rialto, established since 1960. Added a separate vegan menu in 2015 (ask for it); options for vegan pastries as well. Modern take on classic Venetian dishes in a cozy trattoria. Reservations recommended. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-2:30pm, Mon-Thu 7:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:00pm-10:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Italian, Take-out, Bakery, Non-veg

23 Reviews

First Review by mc1481

Delicious food, great staff, small portions and a bit pricey. - Edit

This restaurant was nice and easy to find using Google maps. The staff welcomed you very warmly, took your coats and sat you down promptly. And it's a lovely little family restaurant to be at.
Yes the portions are small and the prices medium to high but it is a fine dining restaurant so you expect it... and the food was excellent.
I had the gnocchi dish and my girlfriend had the linguine dish and we were both very pleased with both dishes.
I find it hard to find non-vegan restaurants which offer deserts; this place offers 3 to choose from.
Looking at the previous reviews left by people it's mentioned that there were no prices on the inside menu and the staff tried to haggle you into buying the more pricey stuff.... there was none of this with our visit, so the staff have clearly taken the reviews on board and improved their service to satisfy the customers.
Worth a visit if you're in Venice, I recommend going for lunch rather than dinner due to the portion sizes.

Pros: Friendly staff, Delicious food, Good options

Cons: Expensive, Small portions

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5* vegan food - Edit

Mario alla Fava had a dedicated vegan menu with four or five options for each course. I had papa al pomodoro, which was a mouthwatering tomato pie topped with crispy red onions; it was light, perfectly seasoned and had the most divine rich flavour from the freshly roasted tomatoes and herbs.

Dessert was incredible; apple tarte tatin topped with cherry ice cream (made with rice milk) decorated with beautiful rose petals. It was tangy, sweet and packed with flavour.

A definite 5* restaurant for vegan options in my opinion.

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-26

Pros: Incredible flavours, Several vegan options

Cons: It wasn't entirely vegan

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To go or not again is up for debate... - Edit

We found this restaurant online as boasting their (newer) vegan menu due to, "an ancient, but at the same time, a modern and currently popular philosophy." Hmmm... We found the location easily (Venice can be confusing to navigate, at least for me) and were warmly ushered in. However, we had NO idea how posh the restaurant would be and though we were dressed nicely, we felt a little out of place. Service was exquisite but we did sense they preyed on us as tourists. They nudged us, albeit gently, to buy their Sicilian olive oil in which we were given a thimble-sized sample. We passed. When ordering wine and asking for a nice Syrah, they suggested the top priced bottle. We didn't fall for it and compromised for something in the low $30's. A couple next to us were either local or less obviously tourists. We never saw the olive oil sales push on them and when they ordered drinks, it was settled; no encouragement for a more expensive selection. It was also odd that the vegan menu had NO prices which made me nervous. (The outside menu did list prices; the one handed to you at the table does not.) The appetizer I selected was an artichoke dish and was truly delicious. The main course, sadly, I recall as being yummy but not so amazing as I really don't even remember what it was! I don't feel compelled to return. Our bill was about $120 that night for just the 2 of us. We let it go as our last night in Venice and being on vacation but normally, we wouldn't have found this justifiable. Also be aware that the bathrooms are old world style so it may be a shock if you've never seen a toilet hovering inches off the ground. :( Still, the ambiance was inviting, the staff jolly, and the food top-notch. I can't really complain. Much. :)

Updated from previous review on 2018-01-12

Pros: Lovely atmosphere, Gourmet, thoughtfully prepared dishes, They recognize the vegan community

Cons: Expensive, They REALLY like tourists so be wary, No prices on their vegan menu at the table

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good but pricey - Edit

Food: 4/5
Vegan options (variety): 4/5
Vegan labelling: 5/5
Value for money 3/5
Portion size: 4/5
Atmosphere: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Location: 5/5
Reservation recommended: yes
Visited: 5/2016

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delicious but pricey - Edit

I️ looked up the prices before hand so I️ knew it was going to be expensive. I️ had carrot gnocchi with a creamy mint sauce and it was excellent. Went with 3 meat eaters that all loved their food. The dessert was good too (apple tart with rice milk ice cream.)

Pros: good food

Cons: expensive

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Ummmm.... - Edit

We went spefically because of the vegan menu and the reviews here. Our experience wasn’t great. I’m not clear whether the vegan menu is an enlightened approach or a cynical marketing ploy. And that, for me, summarises the issue. Others have noted the high prices, even by the standards of the Rialto area, but really, €17 for tepid pasta and tomatoes or 4 slices of vegan bresaola and some rucola. We really wanted to like this place but, we came away feeling cheated and ripped-off.

Pros: Vegan menu, Pleasant, efficient waiting staff, Good location

Cons: Overpriced, Poor food (on our visit)

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StephanieKarinHaugen 12 Jan 2018 - Well said! I too couldn't figure out if they were offering a vegan menu because it's the trendy thing to do or if they were truly sincere. Hmmm...  

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Best meal in Venice -- vegan or not! - Edit

With just one family member a vegan, we eat at all kinds of places and Venice was no exception. But this restaurant-- which we had trouble finding at first--was rated tops by everyone of the many meals eaten in Venice. The food was inventive and delicious, especially the desserts. Beautiful presentation as well.

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very good - Edit

The whole time I've been traveling in Italy it has been really hard for me to find Italian food that wasn't just pasta and tomato sauce. This place had a whole vegan menu!! It was amazing.

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Overpriced and bland - Edit

The location, restaurant, and service were good but the price and the food were not good.

Starters were between €15 - €17, first course €17 - €19

We had the hemp pasta with goji and cinnamon (completely tasteless) and linguini al farro with turmeric and broccoli (decent, but not worth €17)

Maybe we ordered the wrong dishes - but for the price, every dish should be good. Altogether we only got the 2 pasta dishes and 1 water which = €52!! Insanely expensive for a tiny clump of boring pasta. "Pasta to go" was actually better and around €6.

Pros: location, service

Cons: price, quality & quantity of food , taste

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Fantastic Vegan menu, definitely recommend! - Edit

It's a real shame the maximum I can give this review is 4/5 stars as I feel they deserve all 5 stars for their effort in their vegan menu. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere in their outdoor seating area was so relaxed and peaceful. The staff were very friendly and professional, even letting me practice​ my terrible Italian! It's a little pricey ($120 for 3 courses with two people) but it's worth it. The best meal we've had in Venice 😊

Pros: Fantastic vegan menu

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Amazing! - Edit

Don't understand why you can't give a 5 star rating for a restaurant that has a separate vegan menu... but yeah.

I took my partner to Venice for 2 days on 27/04/17 for her birthday, and having done my research beforehand, I decided to take us for a meal here, and we were not disappointed!
Like I said above, yes they have meat and lobster etc on the menu, but they also offer a vegan menu, with 3/4 options per appetizer, main & dessert.
The service and presentation were second to none, the staff were great and very friendly, and the food itself tasted amazing!! I'm not vegan myself but decided to have a vegan starter (Was the one with zucchini... yum!!)
My partner being vegan, was very impressed with both the restaurants offerings and my choice to take us there :)

I called the restaurant before we went to book a table and tell them it was my partners birthday and ask if they could do anything special and they gave us both a glass of champagne and also turned the lights down and sang happy birthday when bringing out our desserts (my partner chose the small chocolate cake and they put a candle in a raspberry which was quite funny).

It is definitely on the pricey side! And was by far the most expensive meal we had in Venice, but was so worth It!
Our meal cost 130 euros and consisted of; 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 desserts, bottle of water, 1 beer, 1 Orange champagne, complimentary bread basket & 2 complimentary limoncello shots (And the 2 birthday champagnes). A service charge of 12% is automatically added and also a small tax fee of around €3.70.

The restaurant is just a short walk from Rialto bridge so not difficult to find, but also wasn't too busy either. A few steps away is a pub so whilst waiting for our booked meal time we had a drink in there.

Overall we would definitely recommend this restaurant and if visiting Venice again we will go back!

Pros: Vegan menu with lots of options, Friendly staff & excellent service, Lovely food

Cons: Expensive, Aside from wines, small drink selection

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The Best - Edit

Omg. Some of the best food I've ever had. We went for my birthday and had to go back on our last night in Venice because we couldn't stop talking about (or thinking about!) the food. I had the tomato stringoli in aubergine - it was amazing! And the desert! I had something chocolatey and it was so lovely, so rich! A great find in Venice and it doesn't have what I call really strange meat dishes on the menu which so many places there do e.g. veal.
There is a whole page of vegan options and plenty of vegan deserts too. If you are visiting Venice you have to go here!

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Amazing food, Nice restaurant

Cons: It isn't in my country

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Amazing - one of the few chances to eat good Vegan Italian food in a nice restaurant setting - Edit

a full page Vegan menu is such a refreshing site in a city that is largely lacking in choices. There are fantastic meat and fish options too of course, so this could be the ideal place for groups with mixed diets to go to, but more ethical vegans should probably avoid looking at some of the options on the meat menu.

the setting is lovely and service was fun and playfull. located 20 meters from the street that comes off the rialto bridge its easy to find as well.

my vegan partner had a fantastic vegan pasta dish followed by a wonderfull vegan chocolate and rasberry pie thing. couple of glasses of prosecco and nice bread and all in all this was a wonderful lunch. the nicest 'dining experience' we had in venice even if it did leave us 100 euros lighter

thoroughly recommened

Pros: really great food, nice fancy restauarant

Cons: expensive, but it's venice so... , has veal etc on the menu

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yum - Edit

Lovely food and lovely staff. Very friendly and welcoming environment. They have a separate vegan menu with actual interesting food with thought put into it and there was a choice of two desserts that were so delicious! Venice is actually very manageable as a vegan, there are lots of options everywhere.

Pros: lots of options for vegans

Cons: a bit expensive but it's really nice delicious

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Delicious - Edit

Lovely busy place, great atmosphere, warm and welcoming, full vegan menu - 3 options for each course, and proper desserts, not just a fruit salad!! Dishes full of flavour. It's pricy but so worth it.

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would love to give 5 stars - HC won't let me though - Edit

great vegan menu. very busy restaurant and fabulous ambience. very own vegan menu (along with an omni menu) with fabulous options.staff are very attentive and friendly we ended up going back a 2nd night. Portion sizes are huge. a little expensive but everywhere in Venice is. - if you think it's pricey I recommend going self catering. I would also advise to book in advance as this place gets very busy. they kindly found a table for us despite not making a reservation. beautifully displayed food. wonderfully tasting food. I really wish I could give this 5 stars as it does deserve them.

Pros: great location, wonderfully tasting food, vegan menu

Cons: I don't think there is. - book in advance?

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Good but expensive - Edit

Waiter was friendly and helped us save money on the wine by noting they offered mini bottles that cost less than two glasses of the same wine. Delicious food. They had a gnocchi with beets in. Very unusual. My complaint is that the portion was small and the price tag high, but that's Venice for you.

Pros: Vegan menu., Helpful staff., Delicious.

Cons: Small portions., expensive.

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Nice restaurant with friendly staff - Edit

They have a vegan menu, including desserts, which was very good. The staff was very friendly and the dishes looked so good. The best restaurant my wife and I tried while visiting Venice.

Pros: Tasty food, Friendly staff, Vegan menu clearly marked

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Great vegan starters and desserts - Edit

I was really excited to visit this restaurant and try it's vegan food on a recent visit to Venice with my boyfriend. I reserved the table before leaving the UK to ensure we weren't turned away!

We were seated in a lovely outside courtyard area, and at 7pm were the only ones there, but it soon filled up. My starter was amazing, and my boyfriend's was really nice too: I had the small “pappa al pomodoro” pie with artichoke julienne and he had the fried vegetables with rucola sauce and ginger, which was big enough to be a main! After such a great start the mains were unfortunately a big disappointment, and really lacked any flavour; these were the linguine 100% farro bio italiano with pesto and peppers sauce and the orecchiette with aubergine, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives. We may have just picked badly, but I think if I went back I'd ask if I could have two starters rather than something from the mains list.

Luckily I ended my meal on a high by ordering 'soup of strawberry with plain chocolate ice-cream' which was absolutely divine; I would highly recommend. It is more of a thick sauce than a soup; the chef who makes the desserts takes so much care over them, and also serves them to you. He looked so happy when I told him how great it was.

The service was good to begin with, but once the place got busier we started to feel quite ignored, and as we had gone there as a treat, spending a lot more than we would usually on an evening meal, I did expect better service.

The overall experience wasn't as good as I had expected, but it is definitely worth a visit and I would go back if ever in Venice again.

Pros: Interesting menu, Atmosphere, Wonderful desserts

Cons: Inconsistent quality of food, Expensive, Service

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Pranzo molto costoso - Edit

Pranzo vegan composto da 2 antipasti, due primi, acqua naturale, no vino, no caffè, no dessert, no vista panoramica € 86,80.
Gli antipasti erano composti da un piatto di zucchine con pomodorini e un piatto di mopur con rucola, mentre i primi delle linguine al farro al pesto. Piatti buoni ma nella norma, nulla di eccezionale per un pranzo troppo costoso.
Il servizio non eccellente, abbiamo dovuto ricordare al cameriere che mancavano i nostri primi.

Pros: qualità

Cons: prezzo

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Gorgeous Vegan Food in the Heart of Venice - Edit

Having made an extensive search for vegan restaurants to enjoy whilst on holiday in Venice, I was thoroughly pleased to have come across Ristorante da Mario alla Fava. Having just celebrated its 55th anniversary, Mario alla Fava had released a completely vegan menu to celebrate the occasion! Their website also states that this is gluten free and that they would be happy to cater for food allergies and intolerances. I emailed them immediately and booked a table for my sister's 30th birthday meal.

Having since returned from Venice, and having eaten at Mario alla Fava three times, I can confirm that the food is absolutely incredible. Every dish was seasoned to perfection, every vegetable was fresh, the presentation was impeccable and yes! They even provided vegan desserts. Drool... And not only was the food delicious, the waiters could not have been more friendly and welcoming, even giving us a discount on our final visit. It was such an enjoyable experience we felt we couldn't go just the once!

So having sampled 2/3 of the vegan menu, I really couldn't recommend this restaurant more. My only regret is that I couldn't sample the whole thing! It isn't cheap, but costs no more than a good restaurant in the UK and is perfect for special occasions. And if you hadn't gathered as much already - it really is worth it just for the food.

Please check out my blog for the full review :)
Updated from previous review on Saturday August 01, 2015

Pros: Amazing Vegan Menu, Relaxing Atmosphere, Friendly Staff

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expensive lunch - Edit

We came for lunch as the vegan items are marked separately on the menu. We were seated outside and were among the first to arrive for lunch. We ordered the pesto linguine and orecchiette with sun dried tomatoes and olives. I got water and Dirk got a cocktail. The entrees were nice and a decent size although I could have used a little more. For dessert, we shared the almond cake with coconut. While the coperto (cover charge) and service charge were noted on the menu, the total bill for 70 euros still surprised us, especially since we really received very little in the way of service. It was an expensive introduction to Venice which we came to learn was fairly common.

Pros: separate vegan section

Cons: serves meat, dairy and eggs

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Amazing Vegan dinner in Venice. - Edit

This is a must for vegans who travel to Venice. They have a vegan section on their menu with multiple options for each course. Delicious fresh pasta, seasonal ingredients. Everything we had was wonderful.

We were there on the earlier side of dinner service, without a reservation, and were able to get one of the last tables of two before they started turning people away. So a reservation might be a good idea, especially if you are vegan and want to have a really good traditional meal with options. Its obvious the chef took time and consideration when developing their vegan section. If you are traveling with non-vegans they have plenty to choose from too. Popular with locals, so you know its good! Friendly staff, easy to find. Charming traditional interior.

Seriously a MUST!

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