italian food

Al Covo

Run by a Venetian-American couple, Cesare and Diane, 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.

Anice Stellato

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.

  • +39 041 72 0744
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  • Fondamenta de la Sensa
    Cannaregio 3272
    Venice

Antiche Carampane

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.

Corte Sconta

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.

  • +39 041 52 27024
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  • Calle del Pestrin
    Castello 3886
    Venice
    30122

La Zucca

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.

Al Gatto Nero Burano

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.

  • +39 041 73 0120
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  • Fondamenta della Guidecca 88
    Venice
    30142

Bancogiro

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.

  • +39 041 52 32061
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  • Campo San Giacometto
    San Polo 122
    Venice

Altanella Giudecca

This family-run restaurant is the Italian trattoria of your dreams. Get a table on the terrace and order the homemade spaghetti with prawns and courgette and a fritto misto.

  • +39 041 522 7780
  • Giudecca, 268
    30133

Harry's Dolci Giudecca

Try the chocolate ice cream here, a half-half mix of Caffarel milk chocolate from Torino and pure Belgian chocolate. A bowl is like eating a three-course meal.

Trattoria Al Gatto Nero Giudecca

Book lunch at this iconic family restaurant, beloved of fishermen and fashionistas alike and renowned for the chef Ruggero Bovo’s simple food as well as its storybook setting overlooking the canal. Order a platter of seafood starters and the fresh crab tagliolini.

  • +39 041 730120
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  • Fondamenta della Guidecca 88
    Burano
    30142

Alla Maddalena Mazzorbo

This is the place to come for lunch on a bright autumnal day when the hunting season is in full swing. The freshly made pappardelle with duck needs to be ordered in advance – book a table outside for more atmosphere.

  • +39 041 730 151
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  • Fondamenta Santa Caterina 7/B
    Burano Mazzorbo
    30142

Acquastanca Murano

The Murano tastemaker Giovanna Arcangeli’s restaurant is a glamorous lunch spot – you can also buy amazing glassware from her family’s shop next door.

Busa alla Torre Murano

Experience the thrill of eating just-caught moeca (soft-shell crabs) by the waterside at this unpretentious trattoria, one of the oldest restaurants on the island.

La Zucca

Al Covo

Al Gatto Nero

Anice Stellato

Antiche Carampane

Corte Sconta

Bancogiro

Altanella

Harry's Dolci

Trattoria Al Gatto Nero

Alla Maddalena

Acquastanca

Busa Alla Torre Da Lele

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