HISTORY - Osteria Enoteca - I Rusteghi
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Historic Venetian
“Osteria”
since 1989

ABOUT US

I Rusteghi is a historic Venetian “osteria” (tavern) that has belonged to the Venetian D’Este family since 1989. Today, Giovanni – a professional sommelier – continues the long family tradition with an eno-gastronomic offer aimed at discovering the excellences of the territory, as he personally selects suppliers and wineries.

A small tavern with great wines; an island of peace within the chaos of the city. Here you can find a professional “Oste” (host), who can guide you and advise you in your choice of wine; a DOC Venetian with whom to talk about traditions, and a “buona forchetta” (good fork, as in good eater) that selects the menu’s raw ingredients every day. A true professional to engage and consult with. Whoever is lucky enough to meet him will also find a friend with whom to talk and – why not – even discuss. At I Rusteghi – only a stone’s throw from Rialto, out of the tourist flow – you will find a true piece of Venice.

Its History

Osteria I Rusteghi opened in Venice in 1989 – thanks to the vision of Manuela and Roberto D'Este – upon the ashes of the historic Osteria da Guelfo, which had been an important presence in the city since the 1940s. Given its location – only a few steps from Campo San Bartolomeo – Manuela and Roberto initially wanted to call it “Osteria enoteca da drio el culo de Goldoni” (Tavern and winery behind Goldoni’s ass). But the name was definitely a bit too “over the top”... Therefore, they decided to pay homage to the same Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni and call the Osteria with the name of his famous play I RUSTEGHI.

“And since we’re always fighting, we’ll call ourselves I Rusteghi” (Manuela and Roberto)

This choice made us stand out from the very beginning, both in terms of quality and of character!
Osteria I Rusteghi immediately became a cutting-edge restaurant. The D'Este family aimed at setting themselves apart from other Venetian venues by bottling their own wine, something that was quite exclusive at the time. Thus, in 2002 it officially began its wine bar activity with collaborations with wineries in the territory.

Its History

Osteria I Rusteghi opened in Venice in 1989 – thanks to the vision of Manuela and Roberto D'Este – upon the ashes of the historic Osteria da Guelfo, which had been an important presence in the city since the 1940s. Given its location – only a few steps from Campo San Bartolomeo – Manuela and Roberto initially wanted to call it “Osteria enoteca da drio el culo de Goldoni” (Tavern and winery behind Goldoni’s ass). But the name was definitely a bit too “over the top”... Therefore, they decided to pay homage to the same Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni and call the Osteria with the name of his famous play I RUSTEGHI.

“And since we’re always fighting, we’ll call ourselves I Rusteghi” (Manuela and Roberto)

This choice made us stand out from the very beginning, both in terms of quality and of character!
Osteria I Rusteghi immediately became a cutting-edge restaurant. The D'Este family aimed at setting themselves apart from other Venetian venues by bottling their own wine, something that was quite exclusive at the time. Thus, in 2002 it officially began its wine bar activity with collaborations with wineries in the territory.


“Anyone who knows me knows that I myself am a ‘rustego’: sometimes people ‘mi mandano a remengo' (send me to hell) and I often do the same right back… But many of my clients seem to appreciate this as they return precisely because of my honest opinion and predisposition” (Giovanni D'Este)

Manuela and Roberto:
the soul of I Rusteghi

Roberto D'Este started out as a Host at Bar Torino and then took over Bar all’Accademia. Among the specials – for which he became famous together with his mother Manuela – were his delicious “paninetti” (small sandwiches), exclusively stuffed with excellent charcuterie, spreads, and vegetables. Some loyal customers still remember and speak of them today!
Manuela saw the delicious “paninetti” for the first time “dal Crosera”; they were so successful that she decided to propose them in her own Osteria as well. Manuela and Roberto have always paid special attention to the quality of their ingredients and products: Wine, charcuterie, spreads, and sauces… and this is why the Osteria I Rusteghi has always stood out from the rest. Giovanni – Roberto’s son who now owns the tavern – inherited this legacy and is now bringing it on with the same care and passion.

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