Where to Eat in Venice

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Al covo

Venice, Italy

Al Covo has for long set the standard for classic and yet creative Venetian cuisine. The restaurant is devoted to using only the best and freshest local ingredients, following an ethos that never loses sight of sustainability. The seasonal menu is traditional but punctuated by a few wild cards that make each and every dish thoroughly original.

Address

Castello 3968 30122

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Anice Stellato

Venice, Italy

The solidly creative cuisine served in this casual, family-run osteria in residential Cannaregio has gained it a reputation for good food at fair prices. The menu is a clever mix of cucina veneziana revisited with innovative ingredients and familiar flavours shaped in new, intriguing forms. Don’t miss out on the fish fritto and the delicious marinated prawns with onion and ginger.

Address

Fondamenta de la Sensa Cannaregio 3272

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Antiche Carampane

Venice, Italy

This tiny, traditional trattoria serves some of the finest fish in Venice. The place is hard to find – impossible to just stumble upon it, unless you’re hopelessly lost in the twists and turns of San Polo – and rather unremarkable in appearance, but truly worth the leap of faith. Rick Stein has been here, and this of course has contributed to its popularity, but the seafood speaks for itself.

Address

San Polo 1911 30125

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corte sconta

Venice, Italy

Try to snatch a lunch table on the vine-covered inner courtyard the name refers to, as it’s truly the best way to enjoy the chirpy atmosphere of this restaurant. Pasta dishes are a standout, as is the antipasto of mixed seafood from the lagoon.

Address

Calle del Pestrin Castello 3886 30122

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la zucca

Venice, Italy

The décor of this cosy restaurant is reminiscent of a mountain chalet, but don’t be fooled – this is a very Venetian eatery, whose offering ranges from fish to lesser cuts of meat, and includes some vegetarian dishes, too (a rare sight in Venice). Their flan di zucca has gained cult status and is an absolute must-try in the right season.

Address

Santa Croce 1762 30135

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Al Gatto Nero

Venice, Italy

If a trip to the picturesque fishermen island of Burano is in your plans, then make sure to book a table for lunch in this local gem. The signature dish here is risotto col go, a white-fish risotto particularly delicate, creamy and airy due to the unique way it’s whipped before it’s dished up and delivered to you.

Address

Fondamenta della Guidecca 88 30142

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Bancogiro

Venice, Italy

A time-honoured yet trendy wine-bar-cum-restaurant just a stone’s throw from the Rialto Bridge, Bancogiro is where locals come for good cicchetti (nibbles) and a glass of wine, followed by a solid meal in the vaulted brick dining area. In good weather, the terrace facing the Grand Canal is a popular attraction; secure your seat in advance and enjoy the passing of boats while sipping and snacking.

Address

Campo San Giacometto San Polo 122

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Enoiteca Mascareta

Venice, Italy

This is a true Venetian institution, just like the person who runs it, the exuberant, bow-tied oste Mauro. Though it is now a restaurant, most people still see it as a wine bar and simply show up as soon as doors open to enjoy a glass of quality wine. The by the glass list on the chalkboard focuses on wines from the region and thereby, for the most part ‘natural’ (organic and/or biodynamic).

Address

Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, 5183 30122

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Antico Forno

Primely situated for exploring Venice’s historical centre, Antico Forno is a little spot located in the Rialto market, inconspicuous if not for the crowd at its door. Unlike most Italian pizzerias, here the dough is as customisable as the toppings. Whether you’re looking for that classic Napoletana thin and crispy crust, or in the mood for something heavier, Antico Forno’s got you covered. We suggest the “pizzacia”, a blend of pizza and focaccia so good, we’ll forgive the portmanteau. Tangy tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella from the Treviso countryside and seasonal ingredients top the base of your choice. An offering of craft beers are the perfect accompaniment. After elbowing your way to the front, place your order and take it to go – Antico Forno is roughly the size of a shoebox and the environment of hangry customers doesn’t make for the most relaxing atmosphere. Instead, walk four minutes to Campo San Polo and snag a bench for pizza al fresco.

Address

Ruga Rialto 973, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

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Algiubagio Restaurant

Whether you’re dining beneath chandeliers in the restaurant’s romantic indoor space, or watching boats pass by outside at a table outside come summer, this is Venice at its most delectable and glamorous. Salute your surroundings and order a dish with seafood, such as the black tagliatelle with almonds and cuttlefish on leek and saffron mousse.

Address

Fondamente Nove 5039, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy