We were quite impressed after our first visit to Scamotz, over two years ago. The thing I remember most about that visit was the owner, Bill, coming to our table and asking if we liked basil pesto. When we said yes, of course we do, he went out onto his patio and clipped some fresh basil leaves off of the plants outside and made us some of the best pesto we had ever tasted.
We have been regular customers ever since, and anytime we're having trouble deciding where we want to go for a bite to eat, Scamotz is the place we choose, because it's more than just a meal, Emma and Bill make it a delightful experience. Whether trying new salad dressings that Emma is developing, eating the fresh "summer salad", enjoying a pie, having a "smoosh" for a cleansing dessert or listening and dancing to the wonderful music that is always playing, Scamotz has always been, for us, like visiting new friends.
A recent experience just raised our high opinion about Scamotz even higher. We got married in January and we had my new brides two sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in town, along with my son, daughter and her boyfriend. Because of the hectic schedule that week we hadn't gotten the chance to go to Scamotz for dinner, even after raving to the family about how much we loved it. It was Sunday night and everyone was scheduled for flights out the next evening. We called the restaurant and Bill answered. At first my son was just going to order a few pies to go for that evening, but I talked to Bill and, even though at this point they were not opened for lunch, he said that if we would like to come in on Monday around 2 pm, he would have the ovens fired up and cook for us. Well and 2 the next day, the 8 of us, along with the baby strolled into Scamotz. At first we were going to take the pies to go, but it was such a pretty day that Bill said that if we liked, we could sit out on the patio and eat there. He said the only trouble would be we would have to help ourselves because he had no servers on duty.
Well, we made ourselves at home, I poured wine and beer for us all and Emma brought out 3 differant salads for us to try. When we were done with the salads Bill and Emma brought out 4 differant pies for us, and served us more wine, and, of course, when the meals were through, Emma brought out "smooches" for everybody, (their single scoop servings of gelato, or sherbet that they give you for a dessert) It was a fantastic meal that everyone, including the baby, enjoyed.
I thanked Emma and Bill for their wonderful hospitality and since we were just a little rushed to get everyone to the airport, I asked for the check so we could be on our way.
When Emma handed me the tab I was FLABERGASTED!!! It was a regular, printed receipt, and all it said was "$0.00". Emma and Bill said, "Thank you, and congratulations on your Wedding" It truly brought a tear to my eyes.
Emma and Bill are quirky, interesting and WONDERFUL people and their restaurant and their staff are the best in Venice and I highly recommend that EVERYONE try Scamotz at least once. I think that if you do, it will become your favorite restaurant too.