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Canaletto Ristorante Veneto Restaurant Review: Located on the outer circle of Newport Beach's Fashion Island is this Italian restaurant that has a sibling at The Venetian resort in Las Vegas. The rather sexy white marble bar with an inlaid-wood ceiling may be one of Newport's best hot spots for relaxing and socializing. The main dining room, with its barrel-shaped ceiling and romantic vibe, is refreshingly soothing. Prices are also comforting, so order up some seasonal fresh oysters to start, or perhaps the swordfish carpaccio, a vegetable and bean soup or a meal-worthy pizza. As for the main courses, try the scaloppine con fungi e speck (grass-fed veal with portobello, Fontina and speck), vermicelli cassiopeia (pasta with fish ragù, clams, mussels and shrimp served tableside) or the juicy roasted chicken. Canaletto is known for its risotto, so consider the signature version with shrimp, scallops, calamari, cuttlefish and black ink. Also, don't pass up the fresh-from-the-oven warm cookie medley or the tiramisu for dessert.