Treat yourself and dine by candlelight with a view across St. Mark's Square. While Ristorante Quadri is almost overly romantic, the cooking is indeed very tasty. The restaurant itself has a long history in Venice. In 1725, Giorgio Quadri from Corfu bought this spot and started serving "khava," a dark, caffeinated Turkish drink served hot. From this time on, "cafes" became popular in Venice. To this day, the restaurant sits above an elegant, still-functioning cafe. Austrian officers once made the Quadri their hangout, and now locals and tourists alike fill the chairs. It is recommended to call ahead, and if possible, a few days in advance in order to get one of the few tables next to a window so you can enjoy the view.
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