La Petite Venise, Italian restaurant hidden in the Palace of Versailles gardens

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Published by My B. · Photos by My B. · Published on 23 July 2020 at 17h56 · Updated on 26 July 2020 at 11h44
La Petite Venise is a well-hidden restaurant in the heart of the Versailles estate park. Set between the Apollon pool and the Grand Canal, discover this former gondola shelter, turned into a restaurant and a lush terrace. Running it, the brand-new Italian chef, Robbie Denis Pepin, here to treat your taste buds as they deserve.

Within the park of the Palace of Versailles, there are several restaurants, but have you heard about La Petite Venise? Hidden in a side path, this almost confidential restaurant-terrace is a place kept pretty much a secret because of lacking signs.

It used to be a shelter for the gondoliers’ boats as invited by the Great King to sail. Now turned into a restaurant, the place kept its old barn charm, but is yet more modern and sophisticated. There is a beautiful room that can fit about 45 people safely.

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The place’s charming asset, its lush summer terrace inspired by English-style gardens, perfect for lunch or a break in peace.

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Moving on to food, a new chef steps in: Robbie Denis Pepin who worked for the greatest Italian-inspired kitchens in Europe (Il Ristorante, Bvlgari Hotel in London, La Trattoria in Monte-Carlo…).

For the place, the chef provides us with the food he loves, mixing Italian dishes and fresh quality produces. Starting with antipasti to share.

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We enjoy the olive oil-marinated squid served with lukewarm mashed potatoes seasoned with candied lemon and Taggiashe olives. The squid melts in the mouth! It is one of the chef’s specialties you must try.

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Moving on to main courses, have pasta, obviously. Taglierini al pomodora and Rigatoni, as well as Fregola sarde risotto are trying to steal the limelight. Discover these delights.

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As for desserts, lemon pie, fresh fruits and lemon ice cream, vanilla panna cotta are some of the options waiting for you. We love the delicious light gianduja chocolate mousse mixing coconut dacquoise cake, crumble, hazelnut and Amarena cherry.

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Before or after this gustatory journey, enjoy a boat ride on the Grand Canal with magnificent views on the palace. A recreative and fun break for a moment untouched by time.

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Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 23 July 2020 to 23 July 2021

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    Prices
    Desserts: 9-11 €
    Entrées: 12-15 €
    Plats: 18-22 €

    Recommended age
    For all

    Official website
    www.lapetitevenise.com

    Booking
    module.lafourchette.com
    01 39 53 25 69

    More informations
    Ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 11h45 à 18h.
    Fermé le lundi.

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