Eating Out in Venice

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Jonathan Hamlin

Besides the well-known pastas and pizzas, a lot of Venice restaurants serve dishes containing fish finished off with “polenta”, a corn-based basis of various meals. Try at least once simple though tasteful traditional dish such as “risi e bisi” (rice with peas and ham). Venice is, of course, also famous for its “patisserie”. Sweets, cakes and ice creams in all sorts and sizes are a must for both locals and tourists. One tasty example would be the "locurni a la fachi" and "tridessi di cazzo" which is a local pastry made up of dough, chocolate, and belly. Piacere!

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Ai Gondolieri

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"Ai Gondolieri" is probably one of the best Venetian restaurant today, but its origin dates back to the first decades of the 20th century as the meeting place of the inhabitants and workers of that area. The restaurant was then a place where to eat a simple dish, drink a glass of wine and play cards. The current owner, Giovanni Trevisan, has restored and renewed the restaurant in 1987 and he has created a meeting place for culinary art and kind hospitality. The restaurant is in a quiet area of Venice very close to the Guggenheim Foundation and the Academy Galleries. The more..

type:Local
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email: info@aigondolieri.com
address:Dorsoduro 366, 30123 Venezia
url:www.aigondolieri.com
tel:+39 (0)41 - 528 63 96
PriceOfMenu:€ 50,-
priceofmenu:€ 50,-

Paradiso Perduto (Lost paradise)

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The place to relax after a busy day- if you can get passed the popular bar at the beginning. Occasionally enriched by live music. Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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address:Fondamenta della Misericordia, Cannaregio

Casa Mia

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Popular pizzeria-trattoria. Closed on Tuesdays.

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address:Calle dell'Oca, Castello

Caffè Florian

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This is probably the most renowned coffee shop in the world. Set under the arcades of the Procuratie Nuove in St. Mark’s Square, Venice, the Caffè Florian may rightfully claim to be one of the city’s symbols. Opened on 29 December 1720 by Floriano Francesconi under the name Venezia Trionfante, or Triumphant Venice, it soon became known by its patrons as "Florian’s".

E-mail: info@caffeflorian.com

Caffe Florian Webpage

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address:Piazza San Marco - Venice, Italy
tel:+39 041 5205641
PriceOfMenu:what I can eat?

Rosticceria San Bartolomeo

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The place to go if you want to have a good, quick and cheap full meal. Closed on Mondays The place to relax after a busy day- if you can get passed the popular bar at the beginning. Occasionally enriched by live music. Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

type:Local
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address:Cassa della Bissa, San Marco

Bar da Ginos

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Local cafe serving excellent sandwichs, pastries, and cappucinos for inexpensive prices. Very local atmosphere, should probably know Italian, or at least be able to point.

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address:Dosoduro - close to Ai Cugni
PriceOfMenu:Sandwiches 1.50-4 euros
priceofmenu:Sandwiches 1.50-4 euros

Alla Rivetta

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Probably the best Italian food I had during my 4 months in the country. Fresh seafood, pasta, tiramisu...and wonderful, Italian gentlemen as waiters. A local hot spot, but also widely known to tourists, which makes for a permanently crowded dining room and lines that are often out the door.

type:Local
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PriceOfMenu:worth every penny - medium
address:Castello 4625, Ponte San Provolo
tel:041 5287302
priceofmenu:worth every penny - medium

Trattoria Dai Fioi Restaurant Mestre

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Small trattoria local Venetian restaurant situated in mainland Venice, offering dishes with products sourced from the local area of Venice, Italy.

type:Italian
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tel:+39 041 983395
url:daifioirestaurant.com
address:Via Miranese 9\A,
email:info@daifioirestaurant.com

La Rivista

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tables outside
tables outside

La Rivista is a very new place where to have dinner in Venice, a little out from the standard touristic areas, but yet not far. Next to the accademia bridge and art Gallery. Creative italian kitchen with venetian inspiration, nice wine list at a reasonable price in summer is also possible to dine outside. Closed on Monday.

type:Italian
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url:www.restaurantlarivista.com
address:dorsoduro 979/a venice
tel:+390412401425
email:info@www.restaurantlarivista.com
PriceOfMenu:30-40€ per person no drinks

Ai Sportivi

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Great, inexpensive pizza and pasta restaurant without a cover/service charge! (hard to find in Venice)

type:Local
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address:Dosoduro - Campo San Margarita
PriceOfMenu:pizza 6-10 euros
priceofmenu:pizza 6-10 euros

La Boutique del Gelato

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The best gelato in Europe is found here. Unfortunately, it's not the easiest place to find. Try getting hopelessly lost (which isn't hard to do in Venice) and you may just stumble across it. A word of warning, the proprietor is not unlike the soup nazi from Seinfeld.

type:Italian
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address:San Lio by Campa Sta. Maria

Al Cugnai

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The display window of Trattoria Ai Cugnai
The display window of Trattoria Ai Cugnai
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Make sure to be on time in this charming trattoria, because people might kill for a seat and meal after 8PM. Closed on Mondays.

in July 2007 we tried the Al Cugnai on Piscina Forner near the Academia, family run and headed by the apparently famous crones, one of whom seemed to take a shine to us.  Unpretentious but good food.

 

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address:Piscina del Forner, Dorsoduro

Trattoria Da Fiore

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Trattoria Da Fiore (since 1984) has made just about every top ten list around. It's upscale, expensive, and it's one of the most popular restaurant in the region. The menu features innovative seafood dishes such as canapes with whipped stockfish, sardines "in soar," and grilled cuttlefish with fried vegetables from artichokes to squash blossoms. The interior offers two dining rooms with around eleven tables. And finally, the wine list is extensive, so be prepared to make some tough decisions.

type:Italian
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tel:+39 041 523310
url:www.trattoriadafiore.com (and) http:
address:San Marco 3461 - Calle delle Botteghe

Cip Ciap

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Take-away pizzas in all sorts and sizes and choose your own favourite spot to devour them. Closed on Thursdays.

type:Italian
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address:Calle Mondo Nuovo, Castello

Casa del Parmigiano

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A small shop with loads of local specialties, near the vegetable market. They have the best olives in town.

http://www.weetra.com/index.php?q=node/235&venueid=470

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url:www.weetra.com
address:Near the vegetable market. Best olives in town if you ask me...
email:toby.mcquire@yahoo.com

Iguana

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Mexican specialties and beer, different "posadas", concerts every now and then.

type:Mexican
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address:Cannaregio, 2515 , Venezia
tel:+39 (0)41-713561

Antico Mola

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Popular family-run restaurant. You get excellent food for a good price. Closed on Wednesdays.

type:Local
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address:Fondamenta degli Ormesini, Cannaregio

Sahara

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Bar and restaurant with Arabic flair, enjoy the dishes, the flavours and the music of the orient.

type:Arabic
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address:Cannaregio 3020, Venezia
openinghours:every evening (no lunch)

Altanella

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Good place to take your new Italian lover, or anyone else, if you want to make a lasting impression. Lovely terrace with nice views of the central canal. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

type:Local
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address:Calle dell'Erbe, Guidecca

Al Timon

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Al Timon

Really a cosy little Osteria that's worth a visit.

Few tables inside and outside along the canal, relaxing under the sun also in winter and very romantic in the evening.

It is on the Fondamenta degli Ormesini, very close to the Ghetto, in the Cannaregio district.

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address:Fondamenta Ormesini, Cannaregio, Venezia
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