Do Forni, Venetian Cuisine in San Marco

by Stefania Vida

Eligio Paties, owner of the historic Do Forni restaurant, talks to us about Venice’s authentic culinary tradition, for a real gourmet experience

A favourite haunt of the international jet-set (including crowned heads) since its inception, Do Forni epitomizes the time-honoured history of Venice, explains owner Eligio Paties: “During the golden years of the Venetian Republic, there was a furnace on this site (hence the name of the restaurant), which produced bread and confectionary for the nearby convent of San Zaccaria, but was also a small, typically Venetian osteria.”

A creation by Do Forni
A creation by Do Forni

Traditional Venetian Flavours

Since 1973, the venue has been run by Eligio Paties, whose inherent passion for food and genuine appreciation of hospitality has made it a sought-after destination for those visitors to Venice, who wish to experience the noblest traditions of hospitality. “The distinctive feature of the restaurant is undoubtedly its décor. Its typically Venetian style rooms offer a traditional, elegant setting, while its remaining dining spaces have been designed to reproduce the dining car of the unforgettable Orient Express.” When dining in Venice the word ‘haste’ is forbidden. So, relax and indulge in a special evening enhanced by delectable food and a welcoming atmosphere. Its superb seasonal menu features typical Venetian specialties, where standouts include the ‘antipasti’ (crab and scallops) and ‘primi’ (don’t miss the risotto dishes and soups). Eligio Paties is also the owner of the Antico Pignolo, a restaurant located just a short distance from Do Forni. The origins of this venue date back to ancient times “probably a few centuries ago when, after being used as a depot for marble for St. Mark’s Basilica, it was rented by an innkeeper.” Here too, typical Venetian cuisine takes centre stage, and fish and meat are highlights of the menu, and will seduce the palates of even the most discerning diners!

Find here excellent cuisine and attentive service. The inner dining room shows original Venetian paving in Euganean tracheae!


Opening Hours:
Daily 12pm-12am

San Marco, 468
(Calle dei Specchieri)

Phone: +39 041 5232148

Official Website:

GPS: 45.43577, 12.33898
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