Emilio Barbieri arrived in Bermuda in the 1960s and like many Italians on the island began working in the hotels. In 1971 he opened the Little Venice and over 40 years later it’s still going strong. Capitalising on its success, Emilio has opened many more restaurants and now owns the island’s biggest restaurant group.
Situated in the heart of Hamilton’s business district, the Little Venice is a firm favourite with the executive set; demanding customers that want a little more from their Italian than lasagne and bolognaise.
The excellent menu follows a mainly modern Italian theme. Starters include Tagliere di Salumi Parmiggiano (board of cold meats and platters) and Polipo (roasted octopus in lime and rosemary, with sautéed potatoes). Your choice of main course could include Vitello al Limone (escalope of veal, lemon butter) or Futtucine con Salmone (cognac flambéed salmon). Prices aren’t cheap, but if you like adventurous food it’s worth making the sacrifice. Be prepared to pay around $20 for a starter and $25 – $30 for a main.
Service is first rate and the atmosphere upbeat. Despite its age it’s still the Italian in Bermuda and is frequently packed. Patrons spill out onto the terrace, but in the evening the traffic is fairly light and it’s a great spot to eat alfresco.
The Little Venice is situated at the lower end of Bermudiana Road. It’s just a short walk from Hamilton Ferry Terminal, so is very convenient for those coming on the ferry from Dockyard. It’s also easily reached from hotels such as the Hamilton Princess, Rosedon, and Oxford House.
The restaurant is open for lunch on weekdays and dinner from Monday to Saturday. Reservations are strongly recommended. The dress code is smart; collared shirts for men and no t-shirts, sneakers, baseball caps etc.
Map showing location of Little Venice.
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32 Bermudiana Road