- Restaurateurs in Venice and the Veneto region served mostly Italian food from the region, and in Venice, the emphasis is mainly on fish. Wherever you go, you'll find a simple preparation of food, with dishes that take full advantage of the traditional local ingredients.
- For most Venetians lunch (pranzo) is around 12.30, and dinner (cena) from 20 onwards, although the restaurants because of the many foreign guests begin to serve dinner earlier. Restaurants can be closed for several weeks during the winter, and also two to three weeks during the summer vacations of employees.
- So do not be disappointed if you run into a closed door and just want to go to a restaurant for which you bind fond memories or prior to departure check. Finding a restaurant in Venice can be confusing, so use of a mandatory plan prior to departure learn Venice's six districts (sestiere).
Bistrot de Venise (CLICK ON)
- Calle dei Fabbri, 4685, 30124 Venice, Italy
- +39 041 5236651
Superbly decorated in Venetian style. Its a bit of the food justifies the premium quality, variety, fresh fish, truffles, chocolate experiments ... 400 years old Menu makes a large part of the tradition that keeps this restaurant at the top of the large Venetian gastronomy. The atmosphere and hospitality are top notch. A wide selection of wines you simply pull the re-arrival. Excellent Feedback ...
A Beccafico (CLICK ON)
Whiskey evaluation of all visitors. It also requires a reservation! Always full of restaurants guarantee freshness and quality of supply. Sicilian wines are leading in wine. Food and service excellent seafood menu, mussels, shrimp, fish, fish soup, seafood, and also spaghetti, pasta, pizza ... Atmosphere top notch. The staff was very hospitable. The restaurant is 15 minutes from the Square of St.. Marca so not far to go either to come back. Prices are reasonable and not expensive .. 70-50 euro Excellent rating ..
Osteria Alle Testiere (CLICK ON)
- Sestiere Castello, 5801
- 30122 Venezia, Italy
Reservation in this restaurant is not valid (not sure) for a long time and therefore do not book far in front. And when you book know that it is better to check any more time. Food is excellent, capers, clams, scallops, shrimp, seafood, cheese, wine ... Restaurant is an American-type foods and some grades are not satisfactory. The service is excellent, fresh food (a large number of visitors), experiments with food are not uncommon. Guests often return ... high ratings!Ostaria al Vecio Pozzo
We recommend this place! The restaurant was full of incredible food, excellent service, atmosphere and value. Due to high demand means absent some kinds species of fish, but still has nice food, especially the risotto. Also do not miss large amounts of meat. Mixed grills are large and diverse! The atmosphere is lively, friendly service, and you can easily spend hours there, and it does not feel. Reservations are recommend.Of wine recommend Francesco or Chateaubriand.
Pizzeria Trattoria All'Anfora
It is located a short walk from the main train station. Outside the main tourist ways.Great choice of pizza provides a great choice for every taste. Size pizza is such that you need to share. Salads are very good. The staff is helpful and pleasant and the atmosphere is great. Unlike many restaurants in Venice that are tourist traps, this restaurant seems to be frequented by Italians, so local guests. This is a casual restaurant. Some prices: 4 euros 1 bottle of water, 3 - 50 euro bottle of wine, 18 - 25 Euro Mediterranean salads, 7 - 20 euros a variety of pizza ...
The elegant environment and perfect service, just as expected from the restaurant with two stars. Some courses are better than others depending on tastes. Scallops are served raw as usual. Al dente pasta, lamb with mushroom sauce, beef cheeks and Valpolicella with pasta. Good for Moscato desert.Wine map is good, not expensive (40 euros) and the staff generously, so that they know and open a few bottles, even if you only want a glass of each. I'd recommend it if you are looking for a luxurious meal in Venice and want to eat in a beautiful environment. Try menus surprises for 125 euros with 13 courses! A unique experience! Incidentally, the Met Restaurant is located just short of Piazza San Marco.
The food is simple, but delicious. It is located in a quiet side street away from the crowds and the tourist madness of St Marks. This little place in the Cannaregio is hard to find. Do not trust Google map directions, because it shows 2 different places. This is a very popular place so be sure and go to reserved.To is in fact a bar, that serves food as a real restaurant. Menu is limited but good. Polenta with shrimp, spaghetti Ciardi which change depending on what you are - mussels, shrimp or other seafood, flavorful soup ... Witty shrimp pasta are also good, but beware of what it means when they say sense of witty! Cake with apples and pears is delicious and the panna cotta with honey. Very relaxed atmosphere, good wine, friendly service. Prices are reasonable.
Sangal Venice Restaurant
If you missed this then you missed the best restaurant in Venice - in fact it is a good reason to go to Venice. Every dish was fantastic, as it is delicious to the eyes and the palate and is truly unique. The service follows a kitchen - excellent. Scallops, sea bass, a dessert of pineapple and olive oils, ice cream ... that is really yummy. Serving God is not known how large. But it's expensive. Restaurant which is at a high level but expensive! Prestigious restaurant, not to everyone's pocket, a beautiful terrace on the top, near St.. Marca, etc. ..
The food is excellent and the service is attentive and friendly. The restaurant is located on a quiet square and is just perfect for dining. The restaurant is closed on Mondays as the fresh fish is available on Mondays, as the Venetians do not eat fish on Sunday night. Charming interior. Fine service and excellent food. Bouche squid with polenta, all quality fish is perfect, with some interesting flavors. Not always in the traditional style of Venice (which this restaurant is), but the chef here is doing some experiments, the perfect taste. Black pasta with lobster sauce is perfection itself. Raw fish, carpaccio, also top-notch ... The wine list is very good. The price is 40-50 euro per person, but seems reasonable considering the good food. "Drawing" on return ...
SAN MARCO (Restaurants):
A Beccafico (SAN MARCO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
Ristorante La Caravella (SAN MARCO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
- One of two restaurants at the hotel Saturnia ,La Caravella is arranged so that its interior resembles a Venetian gallery from the 16th the century. The food is excellent, with the whole range of imaginative dishes including soup and lobster and shrimp bigoo and champagne.
Restaurant La Caravella
|Sangal Venice Restaurant|
- This excellent restaurant serving traditional Venetian cuisine and has an excellent wine list and a non-smoking. It is, as a hangout for local artists and poets, afternoon and evening cultural events are held.
|Bistrot de Venise|
|Centrale Restaurant Lounge|
- From the terrace, this elegant restaurant is providing a view into the theater of Florence . Kitchen is based on regional specialties, we recommend duck breast with black truffle. Among the desserts is ice foam with raspberry sauce. The wine list offers more than 300 wines. The dishes are served up to 1 h in the night.
|Ristorante Antico Martini|
|Osteria Enoteca San Marco|
Ostaria a La Campana (SAN MARCO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Ostaria a La Campana|
|Trattoria Da Fiore|
|A la Valigia|
|Hard Rock Cafe|
Acqua Pazza (SAN MARCO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Ostaria alle Botteghe|
- An osteria owned by fourth-generation wine specialists who have their own butcher in Tuscany? That explains the outstanding wine and cicheti selection. Baguette slices are creatively topped with seafood, grilled vegetables and truffles, but the meat options are the breakaway hits here: boar salami, pancetta and a velvety lardo di Colonnata (cured pork fat) that will win you over to lard. Ask Giovanni to choose your wine, and he`ll give you a long look to sum up your character before presenting you with his selection - high compliments being a big-hearted, mature raboso del Piave or a clever refosco. ALISON BING
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - San Marco. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 54.pg.
Sommelier and happy-hour mind-reader at Osteria I Rusteghi
- Bring your compass. True Venetian osterie (restaurant-bars) are always hidden, so you have to work a bit to get to the good stuff.
- Guessing your order. Americans enjoy layered reds, like amarone; the French are used to softer wines such as ripasso, made with young valpolicella and skins from amarone. But everyone likes soave and prosecco.
- Surprising Veneto wines. Pramaggiore cabernet franc is like a beautiful woman: it`s very rounded and immediately gets your attention. Refosco is an ancient wine; it`s in our DNA her. Our merlot is extremely elegant, with body, acidity and strength of character - it makes other merlots seem young and naive.
- Anything but... Dry spumante with cake, how horrendous! The sweetness cancels out the subtle spumante. Fragolino (strawberry-flavoured wine) is fine, but Venetians don`t dunk biscuits in it. Sgroppino (lemon sorbet with prosecco and vodka) is ideal for cleaning your palate between courses. ALISON BING
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - San Marco. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 52.pg.
Al Conte Pescaor (SAN MARCO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Al Conte Pescaor|
|HK Wine Bar & Restaurant|
|Rosticceria S.Bartolomeo S.R.L.|
|Ristorante la Feluca|
Vini da Arturotripadvisor: (SAN MARCO) view a Google map:
- This high quality restaurant with a boat floor is unique in Venice in that it does not serve fish or seafood. Among the interesting antipasti eggplant "in saou" (in sweet - sour sauce like vinegar), and offer a variety of red wines. Here you are served, and vegetarian food.
- You could flirt with the pasta menu, but everyone in this corridor-sized eight-table restaurant comes for the same reason: the steak. Studded with green peppercorns, soused in brandy and mustard, or rare on the bone, these thick, tender slabs could be cut with a butter knife. And they deserve Hollywood credits - your host will happily trot out irrefutable proof that Nicole Kidman actually eats and that director Joel Silver managed to escape The Matrix for dinner here.
|Vini da Arturo|
Ristorante La Terrazza (SAN MARCO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Ristorante La Terrazza|
|Bacaro Jazz Ristorante|
- Budget gourmets throng the bar, pairing each round of cicheti with a different wine by the glass - there are more than 25 on offer here. The dining room is less busy and tends to stick to basic crowd-pleasing pastas with seafood, though you might find an authentic plate of tripe if you`re lucky.
|Osteria Alla Botte|
- Two-bite treats served on a sparkly bar with a powerful espresso are Venice`s answer to Prozac. Everything here is stylish and delightful: nibbles of sponge cake with lemon mousse, tiny chocolate cups filled with three kinds of mousse and topped with gold leaf, and sesame giandula (chocolate-nut fondant) truffles that are ideal for intermission at La Fenice.
- Sandwiches on fresh focaccia are the speciality here: inspired fillings include tangy tuna and capers, and lean bresaola (air-dried beef), rocket and seasoned grana padano cheese. Stools provide sweet relief for tired feet if you grab your panini (sandwiches) outside the lunch peak and happy hour.
Cavatappitripadvisor: (SAN MARCO) view a Google map:
- A stone`s throw from Piazza San Marco but a world apart from overdone decor and dire tourist menus, Cava Tappi is a sleek charmer with seasonal dishes, a terrific selection of wines by the glass, and that rarest of San Marco finds: tasty meals that regularly come in under € 10. You don`t even need to look at the menu: just order the pasta or risotto of the day, ask your server to manage the wine pairing, and get the sheep`s cheese drizzled with honey for dessert.
- Join the crowd working their way through the vast selection of wine and cicheti (Venetian tapas) at the bar, or show up early to nab a table in the snug wood-beamed back room, where you`ll feel like a stowaway in a ship`s hold and eat like a captain. The portions of pasta with clams and white wine would satisfy even hard-working gondolieri, while thick steaks are served in a puddle of juice with a proper glass of amarone.
|Enoteca Al Volto|
|Ristorante Rosa Rossa|
Bar Al Campaniletripadvisor: (SAN MARCO) view a Google map:
|Bar Al Campanile|
Algiubagio (CANNAREGIO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Osteria L'Orto dei Mori|
Boccadoro (CANNAREGIO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
- Both boats and time drift past this canalside osteria without anyone seeming to notice. Must be the scallops served on the half-shell, drizzled with a wine reduction and accompanied by creamy white polenta, or the choice of` oh, about a thousand` limited-production wines, all personally recommended by your host and resident research scientist of drink, Paolo Lazzari.
|Vini da Gigio|
- Get there early to grab the fresh bar nosh - marinated artichokes and mussels, if you`re lucky - and a few square inches of ledge to help you balance your plate and glass of wine. There are 45 wines offered by the glass here, and prices range from € 1.50 to € 3.50, so take a chance on whatever the bartender recommends.
|Un Mondo Di Vino|
|Trattoria Casa Mia|
|Hosteria Al Vecio Bragosso|
|La Colombina Di Sigfrido e Domenico|
- Pull up your director`s chair next to the canal and let the show begin. There`s a steady parade of been-there-done-that bohemians and starry-eyed students, a massive range of crostini, and enough quality hooch to keep the evening nicely lubricated until the wee hours.
Alla Fontanatripadvisor: (CANNAREGIO)
Al Fontego dei Pescatori tripadvisor: (CANNAREGIO) view a Google map:
- Garden dining is the prime option here; it`s also the menu inspiration, since chef Bruno takes his wild herbs and local vegetables as seriously as he takes his seafood. Bigoli (a thick type of spaghetti) with cuttlefish and fresh mint, pasta with wild asparagus and clams, and prawn risotto made of wilde hops are the seasonal dishes to watch for here, but any dish based on an exotic vegetable or a sea creature you can`t pronounce the name of is a good bet.
|Al Fontego dei Pescatori|
|Bacaro Osteria Barababao|
|Osteria Da Rioba|
- This place has all the makings of a true Venetian osteria - hidden location, casks of wine, chandeliers that look like medieval torture devices - plus fair prices and a range of seasonal cicheti that goes well beyond the usual crostini; dishes include a crispy Venetian seafood fry and salty-sweet baccala (dried cod). Be warned: the kitchen closes early when the joint`s not jumping.
|Osteria da Alberto|
- With adventurous specials such as anatra (lagoon-duck) risotto drizzled with balsamic reduction and dotted with wild bluberries, the back-room eatery in this local bar is quite a find. Ask your host for winepairing suggestions, and you`ll be presented with several bottles at a range of prices from € 11 to € 40, all of which are solid value.
|Osteria Bea Vita|
- Culinary convictions run deep here. Alla Vedova is one of Venice`s oldest osterie, which is why you won`t find spritz (a prosecco-based cocktail) or coffee on the menu, and you won`t pay more than € 1 for a bar snack of Venetian meatballs - and it`s best not to get the staff started about spaghetti Bolognese. Enjoy superior seasonal cicheti at strictly fair prices at the bar, or call ahead to claim a wood table that has weathered a thousand elbows in postpasta stupors.
|Osteria Ca` D`Oro (Alla Vedova)|
|Trattoria Tre Spiedi|
- Damp days are meant for perching on a stool here and warming your face with your bowl of hearty bean soup, while summer scorchers will have you literally over a barrel with a glass of house-brewed Morgana beer and an assortment of bruschette. Food is cooked to order - and slowly at that - so relax and let the world go by.
|Osteria La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi|
- Train or plane food would be a terrible way to end your stay in Venice, so stop by this bacaro (bar) near the station to toast your trip with a glass of prosecco and a plate of warming pasta e ceci (pasta with chickpeas).
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - Cannaregio. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 75.pg.
- A magical combination of luck, early arrival and a Venetian relative will get you a spot at one of the tiny tables at this red-doored pub al ponte (on the bridge) but, even if you can`t get a table, the cicheti (Venetian tapas) here make it worth joining the crowd standing at the bar. Go Fridays for crudi (composed bites of raw fish) or any time for baby octopus salad, panini (sandwiches) with decadently marbled salami, and other seasonal treats.
Ostaria Al Ponte
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - Cannaregio. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 77.pg.
- The location may seem obscure, but word has gotten out about Anice Stellato`s wild sea bass with aromatic herbs and sea salt, its pistachio-encrusted lamb fillet, and its perfectly fried moeche (soft-shelled crab). The inspired menu is local and largely organic, with tantalising hints of Venice`s historic spice trade, and the staff proudly serve filtered tap water instead of the environmentally unfriendly bottled stuff. Friendliness is the operative word here, with tables set close enough for chatting, waiters you can trust to choose for you, and prices that are lower than you`d expect for daring cuisine of this calibre.
- Only a maximum of 20 diners at any given meal can enjoy Antica Cantina`s piquant pennette with shrimp, clams and gorgonzola; classic squid in its own ink with buttery grilled polenta; and tangy and surprisingly tender marinated nervetti (calf`s tendons). But if reservations here weren`t enough to make a smug foodie out of you, ask about the wine list: most are small-production Veneto wines you can`t find for love or money elsewhere, including a white Ca` Rugate uvaggio with extraordinary palate-cleansing properties.
- Watch the historic Campo del Ghetto Nuovo come alive over a plate of homemade gnocchi, or pasta with zucchini flowers and shrimp, at this pleasant ground-floor eatery under the Scuola Italiana.
|Ai Quattro Rusteghi|
Al diporto da Mario Baffotripadvisor: (CASTELLO)
|Al diporto da Mario Baffo|
|Osteria Ae Sconte|
L'Osteria di Santa Marina (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
- Don`t be fooled by the casual piazza seating and simple darkwood interiors: this restaurant is saving up all the drama for your plate. Given the a la carte prices, you might as well go for the € 55 fixed-price menu or the all-out adventure of the € 75 tasting menu, where each course brings an artful dab of reinvented local fare - a prawn in a nest of shaved red pepper, black squid-ink ravioli stuffed with branzino (sea bass), artichoke and soft-shell crab with zucchini saor (onion marinade). Dessert is a must, especially the homemade gelati and the hot chocolate pie.
L`Osteria di Santa Marina
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - Castello. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009. 68.pg.
- From an open kitchen the size of a closet comes a parade of tasty small plates: a dollop of savoury Tuscan bread pudding, Venetian seafood composed into a glistening mosaic, a silky panna cotta. Mains are less satisfying and quite pricey, so you might want to stick to an assortment of antipasti and primi. There are only five tables set close together, which makes the frosty service puzzling - but the ever present chef is warm and attentive, and the decor of gossamer veils and exposed brick sets the scene for modern Venetian romance.
|Osteria Alle Testiere|
|Ristorante Wildner Pensione|
|Osteria Al Portego|
- Mauro, the host here, is quintessentially Venetian, with humorously blunt opinions about wine and food pairings. Primi (first courses) and mains are pricey, but the early-evening cicheti and appetiser platters of meats and cheeses could pass for a meal, and Mauro can hardly be stopped from pouring you his choice from 100 wines for € 2 to € 3.50 a glass. In good weather, the outdoor bar is the place to feast on cicheti and an ombra (glass) or two of organic wine for under € 10.
Ristorante alla Conchiglia (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
Ristorante alla Conchiglia
Trattoria Antica Sacrestia (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
Restaurant Terrazza Danieli (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
Restaurant Terrazza Danieli
Ristorante Al Giardinetto da Severino (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
La Boutique del Gelato (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
La Boutique del Gelato
Ristorante Carpaccio (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
Il Nuovo Galeon (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
Alla Rivettatripadvisor: (CASTELLO) view a Google map:
Trattoria Corte Scontatripadvisor: (CASTELLO) view a Google map:
Al Vecio Canton (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
Al Covo (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - Castello. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009. 67.pg.
|Hostaria da Franz|
Trattoria Antica Sacrestia (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Trattoria Antica Sacrestia|
Ristorante Al Giardinetto da Severino (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Ristorante Al Giardinetto da Severino|
Ristorante Carpaccio (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Il Nuovo Galeon|
|Trattoria Corte Sconta|
|Al Vecio Canton|
- This place has all the makings of a classic Venetian osteria - low-beamed ceilings, exposed brick wall, regulars in the corner - but its typical dishes come with a twist. Caprese salad gets the Covo treatment, with basil and mozzarella di bufala (buffalo mozzarella) served with a heavenly cherry-tomato jelly; squid-ink pasta comes with clams and zucchini flowers; and Adriatic tuna is accompanied by five sauces. The high prices are understandable given the robust flavours of the top-quality ingredients from around the lagoon (which are especially notable in the mixed seafood antipasti), and are offset by the incredible range of reasonably priced limited-production wine - the staff will open any wine for you and only charge you for half the full bottle.
|Pizzeria Birreria Barbanera|
|Osteria al Garanghelo|
- Modern without losing Venice`s essential quirkiness, this place handles its seafood dishes delicately: go with the seasonal choice of scallops with thyme, pink pepper and saffron, or with homemade sea bream ravioli with a mint-pesto sauce, paired with the sprightly house pinot grigio. Low wood tables encourage diners to lean toward one another conspiratorially, amoeba-shaped lamps set the mood for free-form conversation and huge windows let you in on the catwalk action outdoors.
|Taverna San Lio|
Agli Artisti da Pierotripadvisor: (CASTELLO)
|Agli Artisti da Piero|
|Pizzeria alla Strega|
|Trattoria da Nino|
- Hotel restaurant of good repute, Do Leoni has a terrace on the waterfront . Food is Venice; scaloppina with fresh artichoke is particularly delicious. Among the desserts is the best gelato al mascarpone with hot spiced " Mostarda " from quinces .
|Osteria Dal Pampo|
- Ignore the pizza menu: why choose just one dish when you could go for a range of minipizzas, meatballs, crostini and other cicheti (Venetian tapas) with a good glass of wine? You can stand at the marble bar or, if you come early or late enough, you might be able to grab a seat in the sleekly remodelled back room amid the throngs of regulars.
Conca D`Oro (CASTELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
- Pizza is not a local speciality - in case you hadn`t guessed from the cardboard pies you`ll find at eateries pandering to the tourist trade around San Marco - but this place is the exception. This local joint right behind San Marco brought pizza to Venice in 1960, and has been slinging generous thin-crust pies with creative toppings ever since. It`s not especially quick about it, though, so relax and enjoy the sun in the piazza and the Italian ska blaring on the stereo.
|Osteria Alla Staffa|
SAN POLO (Restaurants):
Osteria Da Fiore (SAN POLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Osteria Da Fiore|
- Hidden in the former red-light district behind Ponte delle Tette (Tits Bridge), this culinary indulgence is a bit of a trick to find. Cheap it`s not, and you may wonder who you have to, erm, know to get a reservation, but the home cooking, the intimate atmosphere and the sign proudly announcing No Tourist Menu are a welcome change from bog-standard options of pizza or pasta Bolognese.
- The fish at the Pescheria look so good you might want to eat them raw - and you can do just that at this fish store that prepares delightful crudi (composed bites of raw fish) and lightly dressed seafood salads. There`s a counter for leaning on and prosecco for washing it down but, to bump your lunch up a star, take that folpeti (baby-octopus) salad and naturally sweet raw-prawn crudi down to the dock by the Grand Canal.
- There`s no velvet rope here, though it`s the kind of place you`d expect to find one, given the aluminium bar, sexy lighting and see-and-be-seen picture windows. But the prices are still refreshingly friendly, with wines by the glass starting at € 2 and respectable cocktails from € 5. The upstairs restaurant may be pricer, but the place to be here is by the bar for cicheti or at a low table out in the square for late-night drinks.
- This former bullfight pen became a brewery in the 19th century to keep Venice`s Austrian occupiers occupied, and now it`s a modern eatery featuring (you guessed it) grilled beef and good beer. Pizza is the way to go here, including such nontouristy versions as rocket, bresaola (air-dried beef) and grana padano. With room for 150, there`s hardly ever a wait, and the piazza seating is perfect for outdoor movie screenings and live-theatre performances in summer.
|Antica Birraria La Corte|
Osteria Vivaldi (SAN POLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
frary'stripadvisor: (SAN POLO)
- Most Venetian pizzerias pander to tourists, but this spot is a local institution. Outdoor seating is always packed, so be prepared to lunge at free tables and order decisively. Basic choices such as margherita (with basil, mozzarella and tomato) insult the chef`s intelligence - go with anchovies, zucchini flowers or whatever topping your neighbours are enjoying.
|Pizzeria Antico Panificio|
|Ostaria Antico Dolo|
- Behind the kiosk-strewn tourist thoroughfare to the Rialto lurks this sultry backstreet beauty from another era, with its gleaming, gargantuan copper pots and incongruously dainty sandwiches called francobolli (literally `postage stamps`). Come early for the best selection of cicheti and local gossip.
|Cantina Do Mori|
- Old-school charm is the key here: grilled lagoon fish and homemade pasta (`of course`) are served with a proud flourish by dapper, well-fed waiters, who know they`re providing good quality at a fair price. The cheerful dining room with yellow linens and orchids on every table is pretty enough, but on sunny days and warm nights the entire neighbourhood converges beneath the grape arbour in the garden.
Trattoria Da Ignazio
Al Mercatripadvisor: (SAN POLO)
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - San Polo. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 95. - 96.pg.
|Ristorante Do Spade|
- The night is young and so is Al Marca`s clientele, who nurse wine or beer as they catch up with old friends they haven`t seen since this time yesterday and scarp dinner plans in favour of cicheti. Wine by the glass ranges from € 2 to € 3.50, and cicheti start at just € 1 from meatballs and mini panini. Arrive by 6.30pm for the best selection and easy bar access, or you`ll constantly be repeating `permesso` (pardon) as you squeeze through the spillover crowd in the piazza.
|La Buona Forchetta|
|Antica Trattoria Poste Vecie|
- `I want what she`s having...` is always the right order at All`Arco, where the best cicheti (Venetian tapas) in town aren`t on the menu, and technically don`t even have a name. Maestro Francesco and his son Matteo make them up daily, with Francesco commandeering the kitchen`s tiny burners to turn out one of his `fantasias` of grilled prawns with white asparagus tips wrapped in pancetta and sage, while Matteo takes over after Saturday fish deliveries to invent a tuna tartare with mint, strawberries and a balsamic reduction. Even with copious prosecco, hardly any meal devoured at the bar ever tops € 20 or falls short of four stars - you might as well book your return ticket to Venice now. ALISON BING
Maestro of cicheti (Venetian tapas) at All`Arco and third-generation osteria (restaurant-bar) impresario
- Why there`s no menu. It`s like Venice: there are some common themes and ingredients, but the rest is pure fantasy, and what you find today might not be here tomorrow. I`m more of a traditionalist, but my son Matteo makes modern dishes, Italian crudi (composed bites of raw fish) with a creative touch like a sushi chef. Cooking isn`t work, it`s something we do for fun.
- Don`t leave Venice without tasting... Sarde in saor (sardines in an onion marinade) and baccala mantecato (mashed cod prepared in garlic and parsley), not made industrially but with dried cod that is soaked for 48 hours. Try ancient Venetian dishes like nervetti (calf`s tendons) and trippa (tripe)...(interrupts himself). Do you smell that? Somebody`s cooking squid. Seppioline in nero (squid cooked in its own ink), you must try that... you`d better stay awhile.
- How to thank to cook. Just come and eat well. Stay an hour, give us time to invent some new dish for you. That`s gratification enough.
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - San Polo. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 93.pg.
Ostaria Dai Zemei tripadvisor: (SAN POLO) view a Google map:
- The twins (zemei) who run this corner joint are a blur of motion by 10am, preparing for the onslaught of regulars and the odd well-informed foodie tourist. The toasted bruschette are usually the first to go along with the lard-and-rocket panini (sandwiches), but there`s always a good range of crostini, including gorgonzola with walnuts and a brandy reduction. Think past the usual prosecco and wash it down with a rustic raboso or sophisticated refosco.
|Ostaria Dai Zemei|
- Venetian parents chilling out on benches while their kids tear around Campo San Polo share a little secret: this gelateria (ice-cream shop) is adjacent to a wine-tasting room. While the kiddies are occupied with an outstanding frutti di bosco (wild berry) gelato, you can nip next door for a tipple, which is charged by the ombra (glass) with a prepaid € 5 card.
|Majer Gelateria & Enoteca|
- Some preparation is required to get the right piatta mista (mixed plate) here, so head up to the counter and ask for tasting portions of whatever looks fresh and tasty. Classic bets are baccala con polenta (cod with polenta), griglia mista (grilled vegetables) and bigoli in salsa (thick spaghetti in tomato, anchovy and onion sauce). The deep-fried tramezzini (sandwiches) are tasty, but are challenging to digest, even with assistance from the house prosecco.
|Osteria Al Ponte "La Patatina"|
- `From 1742` reads the modest storefront sign, and inside you`ll find the secret weapons that have helped this little bakery last so long: killer cream puffs and dangerous doughnuts. Trawl the biscuit section in search of wagging lingue di suocere (mother-in-law`s tongues), pallone di Casanova (Casanova`s balls) and other dolci tipici Venexiani (typical Venetian sweets), but act fast if you want that last slice of tiramisu.
- This snappy Venetian comeback to McDonald`s has scrumptious crusty rolls filled with local cheeses; savoury salami, prosciutto, roast beef and other cold cuts; roast vegetables and sprightly greens that are more than garnishes; and condiments ranging from spicy mustard to wild-nettle sauce. Two sandwiches is filling lunch; three is a proper feast.
|Snack Bar Ai Nomboli|
SANTA CROCE (Restaurants):
Pizzeria Trattoria All'Anfora (SANTA CROCE) view a Google map: tripadvisor:Ostaria al Vecio Pozzo (SANTA CROCE) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Pizzeria Trattoria All'Anfora|
|Ostaria al Vecio Pozzo|
- When plates of pasta seem too much and cicheti (Venetian tapas) too little, La Zucca is just right. Vegetablecentric Mediterranean small plates (€ 5 to € 8) bring spicetrade influences to bear on local produce: zucchini comes with a ginger zing, carrots get curried with yoghurt, and rice pudding goes down easily with strawberries. Vegetarians can placate carnivorous travelling companions with roast lamb options, but veggies have the star quality here.
|Osteria La Zucca|
- Manifesto or menu? At Al Nono Risorto, pizzas are listed alongside urgent action alerts: `No abandoning animals! More rights for gays and domestic partners!` Prices are left of centre, radical-chic servers can`t be bothered with petty bourgeois orders and, on sunny days, all of Venice converges on the garden for squid with polenta, bargain house prosecco and political bonding.
|Al Nono Risorto|
Gelateria Alaskatripadvisor: (SANTA CROCE) view a Google map:
- Kids may like their ice cream blue and with gum balls, but foodies prefer theirs organic and with flashes of culinary brilliance - and Alaska delivers. Taste buds applaud the roasted-pistachio gelato, but are confounded by the carciofi. Could that savoury, barely sweet cream with a subtle minty flavour really be artichoke? Yes - and it`s stunning paired with the tangy lemon. The celery-peach combo may strike you as a smoothie gone wrong but, at just € 1.60 for a double cone, you can afford to take culinary risks.
- A mosquito-motif tie loosened by a ravenous British entomologist is Bruno`s favourite of the trophy ties hanging from the ceiling, all donated by grateful diners who would risk their necks (or at least their neckties) for his fresh pasta. Don`t get cheeky and demand bow-tie pasta; instead, choose rustic ravioli with sage and brown butter, or slender tagliolitti with shrimp and zucchini flowers. Leave room for the home-baked desserts.
|Osteria Ae Cravate|
|Trattoria Da Ivano|
|Osteria Mocenigo da Guido e Luca|
- Mellow at lunch, trendy at happy hour and chic at dinner: this versatile restaurant-bar-pizzeria aims to please. Grab a chair in the piazza, or duck into the snug exposed-brick interior for prime seating on white-leather-and-striped-silk banquettes. Inventive pizza makes a reasonable-but-not-overly-cheap date, lighting is shamelessly flattering, and the beer and wine selection is above average - sounds like a recipe for romance, no?
|Muro San Stae|
- Come to Il Refolo for unlikely pizzas and unexpectedly chic style on a quiet campo. Prices are higher than you might expect, but on sunny days and starlit nights a meal in the campo with a glass of wine from the well-curated cellar is ideal. Pizza is only served from April to October and toppings are seasonal, but if your timing is right you might luck onto the pizza with zucchini flowers and crescenza cheese, or the one with lardo (cured pork fat) and castraure (baby artichokes).
- Peer past all the Slow Food awards plastered on the windows, and you`ll spot a sign of the delicious food to come: blissed-out Italian foodies footing substantial lunch bills without flinching. Recent standouts include tender spider crab atop tagliolini made from beetroot, all served in the crab shell; a heart-warming nettle soup; and oven-baked lamb chops with sweet onions and roast potatoes. But since all the produce is hand picked daily at the Rialto markets - it`s never canned or frozen - trust your savvy server to know what`s best today. Gourmets on the go call ahead for the € 10 fried-fish takeaway.
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - Santa Croce. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 106. - 107.pg.
- Head to this bar for delightful prosecco without the pretence in a hidden gem of a campo. Sample a range of prosecco and other Veneto wines by the glass under a sun umbrella or with the locals at the bar, then when the bubbles ascend and protein seems advisable, order a platter of mixed cured meats or local cheeses. They`re large enough to share, and this is the kind of congenial place where you might invite others to help you finish without it seeming the least bit odd.
|Trattoria la Rosa dei Venti|
- Champ Louisiana sweet potatoes and Long-Distance Sodas are advertised on vintage signs here, but both the crowd and the 70-pizza menu are modern Venetian. Daredevils order the equino (horse meat with lemon) or mangiafuoco (`fire-eater`; hot salami, capsicum and tabasco), but perennial favourites are the tonnata (tuna, capers and onions) and estiva (rocket, seasoned grana padano and cherry tomatoes).
- Find yourself a campo or canalside spot and enjoy an exceptional picnic with supplies from Coop, a supermarket that has prime takeaway, basic and biscuits, all under enticing spotlighting. The branch at Piazzale Roma is the biggest supermarket in the city centre, and its olive and meat selections are sublime. There`s another branch at Campo San Giacomo dell`Orio.
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - Santa Croce. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 104. - 105.pg.
- Simple flavours are anything but at San Stae, where the signature ingredients - ranging from Piedmont hazelnut to Madagascar vanilla - are gathered from near and far. Happiness is at hand with a € 1 vanilla cone, but heaven is the € 2 double with local pistachio.
|Gelateria San Stae|
- The "Capitan Unicino" Restaurant, a pleasant, peaceful place in that marvellous jewel called Campo San Giacomo dell`Orio in Venice. For more than 10 years the cusine here is not only a trade, but also a family tradition. The Giuseppe and Antonio Sardi brothers have created a homey atmosphere, and the customers here are considered to be friends rather than clients.
- The gastronomic line, very Venetian, has the main dish: Baked Fish alla Ca`D`Oro, cooked and arranged with selected vegetables in an original fashion of the owners. Excellent wine list, almost 75 labels of red and white national wines. Courteous service and reasonable prices that makes this place a great alternative in Venice.
|La Trattoria Taverna Capitan Unicino|
DORSODURO & GIUDECCA (Restaurants):
Ristorante La Bittatripadvisor: (DORSODURO) view a Google map:
- The daily bill of fare is presented on a miniature artist`s easel, which is fair enough: the short, stout seasonal menu is a thing of beauty for anyone craving a nonseafood dinner. The breast of guinea fowl melts into its mascarpone sauce, the gnocchi with pumpkin is as rich as the Rezzonicos, and the beef fillet is juicy enough to make you want to tuck in that napkin. The restaurant doesn`t offer wine by the glass, but the staff will cut you a deal on a half bottle.
|Ristorante La Bitta|
- The heart-warming pastas, seasonal bruschette and inspired cheese selections here can be paired, course by course, with wines by the glass suggested by your oenophile hosts. The glassed-in storefront makes for great people-watching, but space is limited so book ahead for groups larger than two.
|Osteria - Enoteca Ai Artisti|
- Peckish night owls fast run out of options in Venice after the cicheti (Venetian tapas) has gone and the restaurant kitchens have closed - but Pizza Al Volo has you covered. Slices here are cheap and respectable; they don`t have a lot of fancy toppings, but they possess a thin yet sturdy crust that won`t collapse on your going-out outfit.
|Pizza Al Volo|
|Taverna San Trovaso|
|La Piscina - La Calcina|
- Good lungs and steady hands are essential to make your order heard over Cantinone`s happy hour, and to transport your glass of wine or pallottoline (small bottle of beer) outside to the canal without spilling it. Students, gondola builders and Accademia art historians all perch on canal railings and along the bridge, but remember: they`ve had more practice at not falling in than you.
|Cantinone `Gia Schiavi`|
|Pane Vino e San Daniele|
- Those sunny days when you`re feeling too lazy for a trip to the Lido are perfect for Gelateria Nico`s dock. Pounce on free seats and order one of the house specialities: the gianduiotto (a slab of hazelnut gelato submerged under whipped cream) or panna in ghiacco (frozen whipped cream sandwiched between cookies). Those specialities are half the price if you eat at the bar, but you`ll want that seat once the gelato coma sets in.
- Located in a refurbished old inn, this restaurant is owned by Giovanni Trevisana . The menu is devoted to regional culture and among his specialties are many excellent dishes, such as radicchio from Treviso and sformatija of wild plants .
- The front window may be facing the canal, but the menu here is strictly landlocked. Carnivores on a seafood strike can tuck into ravioli stuffed with pheasant and lamb, but there are also some decadent dishes for vegetarians, including the cheesy polenta torte with a rich leek-bean sauce. Order the silky marzipan-laced tiramisu before fellow diners such as Meryl Streep or Woody Allen snap up the last one.
- Purists come for chef Annika`s nervetti (calf`s tendons) and Venetian liver with onions, while gourmet rebels order the springtime-in-your-mouth ravioli with ricotta, broccoli and poppy seeds off the quirky seasonal menu. Either way you can`t lose, and piazza seating and smooth service only sweeten the deal.
Il Profetatripadvisor: (DORSODURO)
Osteria ai 4 Feritripadvisor: (DORSODURO) view a Google map:
Locanda Montin (DORSODURO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - Dorsoduro. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 120. - 121.pg.
|Osteria ai 4 Feri|
- Famous restaurant with artistic and literary memories can vary in quality and service, but the garden is wonderful and the atmosphere lively. Has its own showroom and - selling an art gallery.
- This cozy trattoria near the Accademia serves very tasty risotto terra mare ( a mixture of seafood, vegetables and mushrooms ) with a good selection of house wines.
- The canalside seating here is nice, but don`t hold out for it - and, once your pasta arrives, it`ll command your attention anyway. Tagliatelle with asparagus, prawns and artichokes in busura (prawn sauce) may sound simple, but try telling your taste buds. The restaurant`s on the Gallerie dell`Accademia and serves proper Venetian dishes without cutting corners.
|Ristorante Cantinone Storico|
- Polenta, prosecco and espresso are the order of the hour, on the hour, for guests who come for lunch and stay through to evening. The best deals here are the mixed-plate combos, especially the grilled polenta with wild mushrooms, Venetian sopressa (salami) and salad. Architectural diagrams of cooking pots on blackboards and a Buddha presiding over the bar add a sly sense of humour to the sleek modern decor.
Ai Sportivi tripadvisor: (DORSODURO) view a Google map:
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - Dorsoduro. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 119. - 120.pg.
|Al Casin dei Nobili|
- When you need something to eat even before you get to the Ca` Rezzonico, head to Ai Sportivi - stat! Within minutes, thin-crust pizzas topped with gorgonzola, ham or seasonal vegetables are served to you by speedy, cheerful waiters.
- Dire B&B breakfasts with packaged croissants are corrected at Tonolo, which serves flaky apple strudel and oozing pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants). Tide yourself through an early-evening concert with espresso and chocolate-topped beignets, their hazelnut-mousse filling as rich as a Venetian doge at tax-time.
|Antica Pasticceria Tonolo|
- Why would a chocolate shop need to open so early? As locals know, daybreak is long enough to have to wait for your next dose of Gobbetti`s chocolate mousse. If you pick up some filled-chocolate doges` caps for the folks back home, you can call your 7.30am trip `souvenir shopping`.
- At the Honest Woman tavern, devoted regulars are moved to truth over generous pours of house wine, moaning about Berlusconi, and raving about the vast bowls of mussels and clams: `The owner`s Egyptian, but the cooks like a Venetian.` Vegetarians will enjoy the veggie pasta with a roasted red-capsicum kick, and anyone pinched by euro exchange rates will appreciate the modest bill.
|Trattoria Dona Onesta|
GIUDECCA - restaurants
Alla Palancatripadvisor: (GIUDECCA)
- The service is low-key and the decor retro at this home away from home for the designer-sunglasses crowd, and though the prices have certainly kept up with inflation - think € 15 for coffee and homemade dolci (dessert) - you could easily linger long enough to write whole novels. With views of the Zattere, and divine lemon tart served under the waterfront sun canopy, what`s the rush.
- Declarations of love at Venice`s most romantic restaurant are slightly suspect - are you sure that`s not the food talking? At I Figli delle Stelle, Luigi combines the velvety textures and heart-warming rustic fare of his native Puglia with the light touch and come-hither produce of Venice. A simple broad-bean cream soup with chicory and fresh tomatoes coats the tongue in a very naughty way, while ordering the mixed grill for two with langoustine, sole and fresh sardines hints that this could be serious (though many mains cost under € 10). Book a waterfront table with San Marco views or canoodle on the leather couches inside.
|I Figli Delle Stelle|
Mistra Ai Tre Scalinitripadvisor: (GIUDECCA)
- Ouch. Belly laughs hurt after the generous plates of pasta and seafood here - not that that stops anyone. Families hold court on weekends, friends converge for lunch in the garden, and wine flows straight from the barrel.
Mistra Ai Tre Scalini
Al Pontil Dea Giudecca (GIUDECCA)
Trattoria da Romano (BURANO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
Trattoria da Romano
Ristorante Parco delle Rosetripadvisor: (LIDO)
Trattoria La Favorita (LIDO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
- literature: Bing Alison. Venice Encounter: Sestieri - Giudecca. ISBN 9781741049978. London: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd ABN36005607983, 2009., 128.pg.
- Asking for a menu here is like asking for one at your grandma`s house. You`ll have one of the three daily specials and like it - really - and by the time lunch is over you`ll feel like you should offer to help tidy up.
|Al Pontil Dea Giudecca|
LIDO, TORCCELO, BURANO, MURANO... (Restaurants):
Trattoria da Romano (BURANO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
Ristorante Parco delle Rosetripadvisor: (LIDO)
|Ristorante Parco delle Rose|
- Spider-crab gnochetti, fish risotto and mixed crudi (composed bites of raw fish), all at noncelebrity prices, make La Favorita live up to its name. You should book ahead for the breezy, wisteria-filled garden - it`s always a hot spot for visiting movie moguls and stubborn songbirds who aren`t about to be outdone by all those mobile-phone rings.
|Trattoria La Favorita|
|Trattoria Africa di Diana Daniela|
Locanda Cipriani (TORCELLO) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
- Farthest from the complex Cipriani is located in converted fisherman's inn from the thirties of the 20th the century. Among the dishes are fritto misto and risotto prepared with fresh vegetables from the kitchen of the picturesque garden. Lunch at this restaurant was a good trip, a private pleasure boat restaurant will translate to the Piazza San Marco .
|Al Ponte Di Borgo|
- While others tan midday away, foodies head for a leisurely lunch at this canalside restaurant. The menu at Trattoria Andri focuses on simply prepared seafood: shrimp salad, grilled fish and fritto misto (fried seafood). Wash it down with well-priced wines and homemade sorbets, then see if you can make it back to that beach chair.
- Italian foodies, movie stars and dignitaries have taken such a shine to this Burano restaurant that reservations are now necessary in this out-of-the-way spot. But once you`ve tried the homemade tagliolini with spider crab, risotto with langoustine, ultrafresh grilled fish and perfect house-baked Burano biscuits, a phone call - or even a swim from Venice - seems like a minor effort to make for such a major meal. This is a good place to opt for canalside seating, because you won`t be neglected; meals are served efficiently, with pleasant banter in English and a proud Buranesi flourish.
|Trattoria Al Gatto Nero|
- Lazy lunches alongside the piazza let you watch the lace-shopping frenzy from a safe distance. Try a plate of delicate prawn pasta, made in the sparkling clean, hyperefficient kitchen, then linger over vin santo and S-shaped Buranesi biscuits.
|Trattoria - Locanda Al Raspo De Ua|
- Toasted prosciutto-and-cheese panini (sandwiches; € 3 to € 5) and gelato (€ 2) give shoppers their second wind without cutting into Murano glass-buying budgets. Table service can be slow, so order at the bar if you`re in a rush.
MESTRE, MARGHERA, FAVARO VENETO (Restaurants):
Restaurant da Bepi Venesian (MESTRE) view a Google map: tripadvisor:
|Restaurant da Bepi Venesian|
|Trattoria Alla Pesa|