al Gatto Nero, Burano

Twinned in spirit with al Gatto Nero, Venice

In 2000 I stumbled upon al Gatto Nero on the island of Burano in Venice, a great friendship started between us, we felt our restaurants had the same spirit about them so we decided to twin them, just as towns do. Every year we have events at the Seahorse with Ruggero, Max and his family and our chefs visit and learn the art of preparing Venetian seafood which you often find on our menus.

Founded in 1965 by Chef Ruggero Bovo, and led by his son, Massimiliano Bovo, Trattoria al Gatto Nero is, I think, one of the best seafood restaurants in the world.

Where it all began

I was visiting Venice and I asked the concierge where I should eat, he recommended a place his mother loved and told me to head to Burano and go to al Gatto Nero. I was met with a pretty life changing expereience and had the most wonderful seafood meal I’d ever eaten.  It’s a magical family restaurant, I fell in love with the place and I remember exactly how it made me feel. It was my inspiration behind The Seahorse.

There is something about a common vision that makes friends of strangers, binds distant lands and cultures, and forges unlikely relationships. How The Seahorse and al Gatto Nero came to sew a net so strong and vast it would span a continent is the story we are here to tell. Our friendship started years ago, it has grown with time and solidified in strength and intention. This is not the first time that Venetians have made the long journey north, evidenced in part by the story of baccalà, one of the many meshes that twist and join our two cultures. We had been talking about returning north long before the pandemic of 2020 or Brexit. But when this era of separation and hardship swelled and obstacles flooded our path toward unity, we knew that this weekend would come at some point, and finally here it is. The Dartmouth Food Festival weekend is a crossing over. Join us at the helm as we celebrate relationship, culture, and the good food that binds us all.

We’re honoured to welcome Ruggero, Massi and the family to guest host with us  again in October for The Dartmouth Food Festival. 

Make sure you sign up to the newsletter to book your table, it’s one of the best nights of the year.

Visit al Gatto Nero website here >

Via Giudecca 88 | 30142 Burano

– Venice, Italy –


Reservations and General Information: 041 730 120

General Manager: Massimiliano Bovo

Chef and Founder: Ruggero Bovo

al Gatto Nero at The Seahorse

al Gatto Nero at The Seahorse

al Gatto Nero at The Seahorse

al Gatto Nero at The Seahorse

al Gatto Nero at The Seahorse

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