Calle del Pistor, Cannareggio, Venice
(across Strada Nova from the Ca' d'Oro stop)
(Closed on Thursdays, no lunch on Sundays).
We heard this trattoria was popular for its meatballs. Ca D'Oro is not on the main road, but tucked in a corner alley in the Cannareggio area. We kept on walking back and forth, and it took us almost an hour finding this hidden place. If you're near the McDonald's, you're quite close. And as for most restaurants in Italy, Ca D'Oro doesn't open until 7:30pm.
We ordered a carafe of the house wine (which was the same price as the water - agua naturale) and 3 meatballs (polpette) at 1.50 € each. The meatballs had a bit of a spicy kick to it and was very moist. You can get these tasty meatballs at the counter too along with the other local appetizers with a glass of wine and mingle with other people.
Then, we ordered an excellent spaghetti with prawns and basil. Simple yet so tasty.
As we headed out, there were a dozen of people at the bar, either enjoying the cichèti (small plates) or waiting for a table while drinking wine. There is also a cover charge of 2 € per person. Make reservations and bring cash.