Best places to eat in Venice
Venice is a minefield of overpriced, tourist-trap restaurants offering mediocre food. My personal best places to eat in Venice are listed in the blog. There are some dazzling fine dining establishments, authentic local finds. old-school Venetian trattorias where people can eat pizza and carafe of local wine while watching the world go by.
1- Terrazza Danieli
A little high end, but for a treat or special occasion it’s a must. Perched on the hotel’s roof top, the Restaurant Terrazza Danieli is a magical location. The menu celebrates the seasons and the city’s historic role as a crossroads between East and West. locally-sourced ingredients complemented by a fine selection of wines and the finest champagne. Large windows and a panoramic terrace offer diners an enviable view of the Serenissima. They also do a fantastic tasting menu.
2- La Zucca
located close to the San Giacomo square, is a small and charming restaurant that offers a variety of dishes, including tasty veggie-friendly options. La Zucca prides itself on using only fresh and natural ingredients. Zucca creates the most sensational dishes, in the spirit of authentic Italian cuisine. As opposed to most Venetian restaurants, they do not serve seafood, so stop by here for a change of pace. Try the Asparagus Flan with Parmesan Fondue or the Zucchini and Almonds Lasagna for the perfect refuel before a busy afternoon of sightseeing
3- Aqua pizza
You can’t go to Venice without having a pizza. Get a taste of the Amalfi in the centre of Venice at Aqua Pazza, where Mediterranean flavours dominate a menu of mouth-watering seafood, pasta, and Neapolitan-style pizzas. Be sure to snag a spot on their beautiful terrace in the Campo Sant’Angelo.
Unlike Dorsoduro and San Polo, Cannaregio is still largely the preserve of Venetians come aperitivo hour, and it’s where you’ll find a few of the more unusual bars (on your way out of San Marco, keep an eye out for eternally young Barco jazz with its jazz-funk soundtrack and bra-lined ceiling). Stylish pit-stop Ai Divini sits on the corner of Salizada San Canzian, and breaks the mould with trend-tapping offerings: it’s a tiny wood-beamed gastro joint with steel counters, which has gained favour with Delicious filled pastries, simple slate boards of cheese and charcuterie to share, and hot dishes make a nice partner to the wines and cocktails.
Venice summed up
Follow your nose
The best bacari are nothing much to look at – they’re too busy serving customers to care about hipster lighting or natty napery. If there’s a buzz, a crowd spilling onto the pavement, the chatter is mostly Italian, and something tasty catches your eye, go for it.
Cash is king: Most local bacari don’t take cards (or don’t take kindly to them); come prepared with plenty (nothing worse than running out just when you’ve spotted some freshly made swordfish carpaccio…).
Check the daily specials: There’s almost always a mini set menu based on whatever’s freshest that day (especially near the Rialto fish market); otherwise, just point to individual cicchetti in the cabinet.
It’s never too early for wine: Venetians pop in for a mid-morning pick-me-up, a quick post-shopping perk or pre-dinner aperitivo. A tot of wine at 11am is completely acceptable.
It’s never too early for a Spritz: If you don’t fancy wine, have an Aperol spritz instead. I didn’t mind the taste but definitely steered more towards the delicious Bellini.