“The islands in the Venetian lagoon feel special at the best of times, but as the vaporetti come to take Burano’s day trippers back to their hotels, you’ll find yourself left in a very peaceful and special spot. Across a wooden bridge from colourful Burano, lies the island of Mazzorbo, home to Venissa – a new addition to the island as of 2010, named after the local wine. A brick wall marks the boundaries of this family-owned foodie retreat, behind which lie orchards, vegetable gardens and vineyards. Inside, the six rooms have white walls and modern minimalist furniture, interrupted only by wooden-beamed ceilings, and colourful bedcovers. Chef Paola Budel has made a huge name for herself and you’ll adore sipping prosecco and sampling her exciting, superbly presented and imagined local delicacies. One of a handful of special places in Venice.”
Written by Helena Hamlyn
"Venissa is on Mazzorbo, a lagoon island a short ferry ride from Venice proper."
Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)
"The family slowly transformed farm buildings, fishermen's houses and a wine cellar into a comfortable six-room hotel with prices that compare well with anything on offer in Venice itself."
Originally published by The Guardian (view article)
"While a pavilion behind, opening onto the vineyard, is now a restaurant presided over by one of Italy's most promising young chefs, Paola Budel, formerly of the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan."
Originally published by Conde Nast Traveller (view article)
"At the helm of Venissa’s kitchen is Paola Budel, who relies on all things local: produce from the estate’s vast vegetable gardens; lagoon fish like eels, mullet and crabs stocked in their nearby fish farm; and oysters culled from beds on the neighboring beach."
Originally published by The New York Times (view article)