Lionello Cera, chef of two Michelin star Antica Osteria Cera in Campagna Lupia, in the Venice countryside is taking over the terrace restaurant of the Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort for an exclusive pop-up restaurant which celebrates local cuisine this summer.
The pop-up restaurant opened on 1 June together with the opening of the hotel beach. The pop-up is called “Bistrot del Mare by Cera” and is the latest addition to the catering outlets of the Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort which also has the Ristorante Tropicana and the Elimar Beach bar and restaurants, both run by executive chef Damiano Brocchini.
Lionello, together with Simonetta Semenzato who is the director of the restaurant have transformed a simple bar and osteria in the Venetian countryside into a research centre where with passion and focus on produce (mainly fish) he has managed to become the first two Michelin star restaurant in Europe to offer only a fish menu.
During summer, Cera’s kitchen a Lido will offer a number of fish dishes but also some classics from traditional Venetian cuisine.
The terrace at Lido offers the perfect backdrop for this pop-up restaurant and is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Venice’s centre.
The menu has been created with the aim of showcasing local cuisine. It will include a ‘risotto di go e limone’ or a rice dish with a lake fish and lemon, Bigoli with sardines (a traditional local pasta which will use the venetian antipasto of ‘sarde in saor’ (sardines with onions, raisons and pine-nuts) as well as a number of fish and meat dishes.
The new Bistro will use only organic ingredients in line with the culinary philosophy of Damiani Brocchini. Chef Davide Saul Arbib from Cera’s team will be cooking daily.