MY VENICE FOOD GUIDE

An insider's everyday Venice described through food: where to shop, snack, drink and eat like a local in Venice!

Follow me on my epicurean tour in the discovery of Venetian food and make sure you don't miss the best wineries in town!

From street food to gourmet experiences: everything you need to know about eating and drinking in Venice.

VENETIAN FOOD: AN INTRODUCTION

SAVOUR THE BEST FOOD IN VENICE | FROM GOURMET TO STREET FOOD

There's a verb in Venetian dialect -cichetar- that describes a lifestyle, a mood, an attitude to life.
Cichetar derives from cicheti, small nibbles eaten standing while enjoying a small glass of house wine and chatting with friends and/or with whoever happens to be there in that particular moment. Wine and cicheti are small because normally we go from one place to the other. I love these long aperitifs, first of all because you get to eat a wide variety of delicious things and secondly because I love the fact that in this culinary wandering people come and go, which means you know who you are meeting with...but you never know who you'll finish your evening with! 

Anyway, do you know what cicchetti are? Have you any idea of what food to expect? 

Find out WHAT and WHERE to eat the best cicchetti -and not only- in Venice!

 

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN VENICE 

BY DISTRICT

WHERE TO SNACK, EAT AND DRINK IN VENICE

 

CASTELLO:

Food & Drinks

Pizzeria Ai Tosi Piccoli 

Address: Calle Secco Marina, Castello 738, 30122 

Phone: (+39) 041 523 7102

Family-run business, easy going place serving delicious pizza. Booking recommended, especially during the weekend! Here you will really savour the local culture, this small pizzeria is always crowded with locals and can be quite noisy. Excellent prices.

 

Nevodi

Address: Via Garibaldi - Castello 1788, 30122

Phone: (+39) 241 1136

Venetian osteria located in Via Garibaldi, where it's possible to have cicheti standing or a delicious meal seated. I particularly like their bigoli in salsa and the gnocchi with spider crab. Friendly atmosphere, quality food and very good value for money. Highly recommended. 

Al Refolo 

Address: Via Garibaldi, Castello 1580, 30122

Small wine bar in Via Garibaldi, located in a beautiful position, offering a wide assortment of small panini, grilled just before being served.

Salvmeria

Address: Via Garibaldi, Castello 1769, 30122 

Phone: +39 0415233971

Located in front of Refolo, Salvmeria is a brand new cicheteria offering a delicious assortment of fish and vegetable nibbles, cured meats, small sandwiches and very good wine. 

Le Spighe 

Address: Via Garibaldi Castello 1341, 30122 

Vegetarian eatery and take away close to the Biennale Giardini area, ideal if you are looking for vegan, vegetarian and organic food. It closes at around 7:30 pm, so great for lunch or for take-away food.

Al Covo

Address: Calle de la Pescaria, Castello 3968, 30122 
Phone: +39 041 522 3812

Excellent restaurant offering traditional cuisine and local seafood. Very interesting selection of wine. Medium/High price range.

CoVino 

Address: Calle del Pestrin, Castello 3829 - 30122

Phone: +39 0412412705

Lovely restaurant with absolutely amazing food. The manager has a bubbly personality, is incredibly knowledgeable about wine and food and is always there to make sure the service is top quality. This small restaurant is part of the Slow Food movement and all ingredients come from sustainable sources. I highly recommend it! And don't forget to book.

Local 

Address: Salizzada dei Greci, Castello 3303, 30122 

Phone: +39 041 241 1128
Absolutely excellent high end restaurant that pays great attention to regional and local ingredients, modern design and never fails to leave its clients astonished with creative combinations. Great wine list, high price range. Only for lunch, a 40-euro-menu that includes starter, 2 mains and a dessert.

Trattoria da Jonny 

Address: Campiello delle Gatte, Castello 3210, 30122 Venice 

Phone: +39 041 296 0065

Lovely restaurant offering traditional food presented in a modern version. Fresh and seasonal products, excellent quality, beautiful plating, generous portions and great service. With regard to wine, don't be afraid to ask, their list is long and really well selected. Mid/High price range. 

Birreria Forst 

Address: Calle delle Rasse, Castello 4540, 30122 Venice

Phone: +39 041 523 0557

Snack bar close to Saint Mark's offering delicious tramezzini, toasted sandwiches and small rosette (a soft type of bread shaped as a rose) stuffed with cheese, mortadella or prosciutto. Ideal for a quick budget break in this area. 

Al Portego 

Address: Calle della Malvasia 6015, 30122

Phone: +39 041 522 9038

In this small osteria it's possible to sit down for a nice traditional meal or to enjoy a plate of cicchetti standing. Often crowded, it's a great solution for lunch. At around 12:30 they offer freshly made risottos at he excellent cost of 6 euros per portion. 

Alle Testiere

Address:  Calle del Mondo Novo, Castello 5801, 30122

Phone: +39 041 522 7220

This Venetian restaurant is renowned for the use of high quality ingredients and for the take on traditional dishes. It's very small and cozy, which means that the staff pay attention to every detail. Great wine list and amazing food! Medium-high price range.

Coffee & Ice-Cream:

Caffe La Serra 

Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1254, 30100

Phone: 041 296 0360

This beautiful glass and iron greenhouse has been recently renovated and transformed into a recreational area with a greenhouse with plants and a cafeteria with a chilled and relaxed atmosphere. Delicious freshly squeezed juices and sandwiches. 

Pasticceria Bonifacio
Address: Calle degli Albanesi, Castello 4237, 30100 Venice

Phone: +39 041 522 7507

Tiny traditional pastry shop offering lots of pastries and mouthwatering savoury pizzette, made both with a pastry and a bread dough! In winter I suggest trying the fried cream or a piece of Dogaressa cake.

Il Pinguino 

Address: Castello 2142, 30122

Phone: +39 041 241 1395

Delicious homemade ice-cream, I suggest the ricotta and fig flavour and "Panna in Ghiaccio".

La Boutique del Gelato

Address: Salizzada San Lio, Castello 5727, 30100

Phone: +39 348 564 6545

Artisan ice-cream, delicious flavours, friendly staff, and generous portions.

SAN MARCO

Food & Drinks:

Da Fiore Piccolo 

Address: Calle de Le Boteghe, San Marco 3461, 30124

Phone: +39 041 523 5310

Here you will be welcomed by a noisy atmosphere and  a counter full of delicacies like fried, grilled and baked ranging from squid to sardines, from veal-cartilage to seasonal greens, baccalà and all sorts of polpette (meat, fish and veg fritters). A historic place that has kept its original style, recommended!

 

Sepa

Address: Calle della Bissa, San Marco 5482, 30124

Phone: +39 041 302 6336

New take-away close to Rialto and San Bortolo offering a wide range of both traditional and revisited cicheti, cold cuts and cheese and other warm dishes. Open everyday from 10 am to 10 pm. At 12:30 the chef prepares the risotto of the day (3 euros half a portion; 5 a whole portion).  

For coffee & Ice-Cream:

Rosa Salva 

Address: Calle Fiubera 950, 30124

This historical pastry shop has different spots in town, but in the one in Calle Fiubera freshly made pastry keep coming out  from the laboratory that is just behind the cafeteria and it's also possible to have a quick savoury lunch. Many workers come here, so with about 7/10 euros you can enjoy a rice salad or other first and second courses and a drink.

L'ombra del Leone (Ca' Giustinian)

Address: Calle Tredici Martiri 1364, 30124

This place is simply beautiful. The palace hosts the offices of the famous Biennale and on the ground floor there is a stunning bar with a gorgeous terrace overlooking Saint Mark's basin and the Church of Madonna della Salute. If you are passionate about contemporary art, you will also be able to see different videos and/or works from the past biennali.

Da Suso (ice-cream shop)

Address: Calle de la Bissa 5453, 30124

Okay, maybe it's on the pricey side...but believe me, this ice-cream shop is excellent. Especially if you are into curious combinations and strong flavours! My suggestion: dark chocolate and pistacchio from Bronte with sea salt...spectacular! 

Gelato Fantasy (ice-cream shop)

Address: Calle dei Fabbri 929

Another of my favourite ice-cream shops. Favourite flavour: yogurt from the Alps.

 
 
 
 
 

DORSODURO

Food & Drinks:

Cantina del vino già Schiavi 

Address: Fondamenta Nani 992, 30123

Phone: 041 523 0034

Great place for a Venetian experience! Amazing selection of crostini, to wash down with some house wine standing along the canal. 

 

Caco Nero

Address: Dorsoduro 2344, 30123 

Phone:041 52 46 042

Lovely cafeteria located in the Dorsoduro district open from 9 am to 9 pm and serving delicious homemade cakes, savoury bread and express dishes. Excellent quality at excellent prices.

Pane e Vino San Daniele - Angelo Raffaele 

Address: Campo Angelo Raffaele 1722, 30123 Venice

Phone: +39 041 523 7456

Closed on Wednesday.Wonderful restaurant in a peaceful and quiet location, with both indoor and outdoor seating, offering excellent cold cuts and cured meats from Friuli, homemade pasta and delicious second courses. Great choice of ingredients, well selected wines.

Codroma

Address: Dorsoduro 2540, 30100

Phone:  041 524 6789

Located in a student area, Codroma's clients are mainly locals and university students. The place is lovely, the staff very helpful, during the summer you can eat along the canal and the prices are very reasonable. Great option also for cichetti and the famous tramezzini.

 

Riviera 

Address: Dorsoduro, Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo, 1473, 30123

Phone: +39 041 522 7621

Elegant restaurant in stunning location overlooking the Canale della Giudecca. Excellent seafood and wine.

For an unforgettable experience. 

Enoteca Vinus 

Address: Dorsoduro 3961, 30123

Phone: +39 331 487 2166

Small wine bar offering cold cuts, cheese and crostini. For wine lovers.

Malvasia dell'Adriatico Mar

Address: Dorsoduro 3771, 30125 

Phone: 041 476 4322

Cozy wine bar serving natural wine and locally sourced products. The offer consists of cured meats and cheese, salads and express sandwiches. 

Estro 

Address: Dorsoduro 3778, 30100 Venice

Phone: +39 041 476 4914

Another excellent wine-bar with restaurant serving natural wines, small sandwiches and extravagant dishes with local produce of very high quality. Perfect if you are looking for a contemporary approach to Venetian traditional cuisine. 

La Tecia Vegana

Address: Dorsoduro 2104, 30123 

Phone: +39 041 524 6244

The only vegan restaurant in Venice. Located in Santa Marta, thus quite off the beaten track, La Tecia Vegana is a very simple and easy-going place. Excellent solution to have good food on a budget.

Trattoria ai Cugnai  

Address: Piscina Forner 857, 30123

Phone: +39 041 528 9238

Lovely traditional restaurant serving delicious food in a friendly  atmosphere. At lunch all the gondoliers that work in the area have lunch there, so be prepared to be surrounded by men wearing striped t-shirts! 

For coffee:

Tonolo (pastry shop)

Address:Calle S. Pantalon 3764

This traditional and historical pastry shop makes the best custard creams in Venice, ask for the "bignè alla crema"! 

Fujiyama (tea-house and eatery)

Address: Calle Lunga de San Barnaba 2727/A, 30100

Cosy tearoom in Japanese style, with a small garden an wide selection of tea, very good coffee and excellent brownies and muffins. Excellent option also for a quick lunch, ideal for vegetarians.

SANTA CROCE

Food & Drinks:

Cantina Arnaldi 

Address: Santa Croce 35, 30135 Venice

Phone: +39 041 718989

Cosy wine-bar with a well selected wine list and a delicious assortment of crostini. Cheese and cured meats are free range and if you stop by you must try Katia's aunt salami, so good! Great spot also for a quick lunch or supper, the offer includes homemade warm dishes like aubergines parmigiana, chicken or Greek salads and selections of cheese and cold cuts served with jams and chutneys. Highly recommended.

Ai Trefanti 

Address: Santa Croce 888, 30100

Phone: +39 041 520 1789

Small and warm fish restaurant in a beautiful and quiet setting, facing a canal and with only 4 or 5 tables. Real intimate! The food is fresh and the menu changes daily, Umberto, the chef, combines tradition and creativity with mastery, realising mouthwatering dishes. 

Al Prosecco 

Address: Campo San Giacomo de l'Orio 1503, 30135

Phone: +39 041 524 0222

Lovely wine bar in Venice in a beautiful location facing Campo san Giacomo dell'Orio. Great selection of wines and delicious platters of cured meats and cheese.

La Zucca 

Address: Santa Croce 1762, 30135 Venice

Phone: +39 041 524 1570

Vegetarian friendly restaurant offering fresh and local products and excellent wine. Beautiful location, warm and homey. Medium price range. 

Bacaretto Bistrot 

Address: S. Croce 2098, 30135 Venice

Phone: +39 041 200 7667

Easy-going trattoria offering Venetian and Sicilian cuisine. I suggest trying the fried arancino and the pasta alla Norma!

Nono Risorto 

Address: Santa Croce 2338, 30135 Venice

Phone: +39 041 524 1169

Friendly and easy going pizzeria and restaurant offering pizza, pasta and simple fish and meat dishes. Excellent prices and lovely atmosphere, in summer I suggest eating in the garden.

For Coffee & Ice-Cream:

Pasticceria Gilda Vio 

Address: Rio Marin 784 

Delicious pastries, very good coffee and lovely location with outdoor seating along a canal.

Gelato di natura 

Address: Calle Larga Rosa 1627, 30135 

Quality ingredients and delicious flavours.

SAN POLO

Osteria all'Arco 

Address: Sestiere San Polo 436, 30125 

Phone: +39 041 520 5666

Really tiny place in the heart of Rialto serving amazing cichetti. It's one of my favourite places, always very crowded, here you will meet locals, workers and lots of curious travellers.

 

I Compari - Pulperia

Address: Campo de la Pescaria 255/A, 30125  

Friendly wine bar specialised in boiled octopus, definitely worth a try! I also suggest trying their sarde in saor and if you happen around lunchtime ask them what's the pasta of the day!

Bancogiro 

Address: Campo San Giacometto 122, 30125 Rialto

Phone: +39 041 523 2061

Amazing location: on one side it faces campo San Giacometto, while on the other it overlooks the Grand Canal. Great wines and super tasty cichetti. I love their bread made with potato flour and the octopus salad.

Al Merca' 

Address: Campo Bella Vienna 213, 30125

Phone: +39 346 834 0660

Tiny spot in the heart of the Rialto market serving wine and small panini. My favourite: tuna and radicchio.

Pescaria 

Address: San Polo, 317, 30125

Phone: +39 331 275 0934

This small corner bar located in front of the Rialto fish market is the perfect place for a drink and a nice tramezzino. You can sit down and watch the world pass by.

Alle Antiche Carampane 

Address: San Polo, Rio Terà de le Carampane, 1911, 30125

Phone: +39 041 524 0165

One of the most refined and renown traditional restaurants. Fresh locally sourced fish, excellent quality and authentic atmosphere.  

Basegò 

Address: Campo San Tomà 2863, 30125

Phone: +39 041 850 0299

Friendly bar offering cicchetti, selections of cured meat and cheese, wine and craft beer. Buzzing with locals at the aperitif, I suggest to stop by and enjoy the general atmosphere.

For Coffee:

Caffè del Doge 

Address: Calle dei Cinque 609, 30100 

Great place for coffee lovers. Strong and intense perfume, wide variety of choice and excellent gift idea!

Rizzardini 

Address: S. Polo 1415, 30125

This historic pastry shop is really tiny, no place to sit but...everything is delicious and the furniture is simply wonderful. I always buy toasted almond to go!

Caffè Vergnano 

Address: San Giacometto 129, 30125 

Come here if you want to sit down and relax. The location is outstanding: hosted in a former warehouse, this cafeteria has a cozy ground floor and a gorgeous top floor with a red brick wall, a parquet floor and windows facing the Grand Canal. In the summer it's possible to sit outside in the terrace. Perfect.

 

CANNAREGIO

Food & Drinks

La Frasca 

Address: Cannaregio 5176, 30121

Phone: 041 241 2585

This homey and welcoming fish restaurant is located in one of my preferred spots in Venice: out of the beaten track, but central, in this small campo the time seems to stop and you can relax in front of a good glass of wine and some fresh and seasonal delicacies. The menu is simple and changes daily, the chef is young, yet very talented and surely extremely passionate about his job! Booking recommended.

Da Bepi già 54 

Address: Cannaregio 4550 

Phone: +39 041 5285031

This place has been open for I don't know how many generations, and the food is still superb! An old style trattoria, serving fresh and seasonal products prepared according to tradition. Here you really have to try the spaghetti al nero di seppia!

 

Anice Stellato

Address: Fondamenta de la Sensa 3272, 30100

Phone: +39 041 720744

Excellent food in a wonderful atmosphere. Lovely location, minimal design, delicious seasonal dishes, and natural wine. Mid-range.  

Fiumefreddo Bio

Address: Campo drio la Chiesa 4467

Phone: +39 041 528 9015

Lovely vegetarian eatery open from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm. Located in a quiet square just 30 seconds from campo Santi Apostoli, Fiumefreddo Bio offers organic vegetarian dishes with options for vegans too. Salads, pastas, seasonal greens and specialty breads. 

Ai Crociferi

Address: Campo dei Gesuiti 4878, 30121 

Phone: +39 041 528 6103

Beautiful eatery and cafeteria inside an ex convent with a beautiful cloister and a terrace on the canal. Ideal for coffee , snacks and also for a light lunch and dinner. The offer includes sandwiches, salads and selections of cured meats and cheese, all slow food but at very good prices. Options for vegans and vegetarians. Highly recommended. 

Osteria Ai Promessi Sposi

Address: Calle de l' Oca 4367, 30121

Phone: +39 041 241 2747

This small osteria is very popular among locals. It's possible to have lunch and dinner, or you can simply have a cicchetto standing. Things you must try: fried meatball stick, fried sardines and baccalà mantecato.

Alla Vedova 

Address: Calle Ca' D'Oro 3912

Phone: +39 041 528 5324

Alla Vedova is a traditional and historical restaurant in Venice. Known for their fried meatballs, I suggest you also try some more typical snacks like "latti di seppia" and "sarde in saor".

Antica Adelaide 

Address: Calle Priuli Racheta 3728, 30121

Phone: +39 041 523 2629

Spacious restaurant where you can enjoy a glass of wine and a cicheto standing or a traditional meal comfortably sated down. .

VinoVero

Address: Fondamenta della Misericordia 2497, 30121

Phone: +39 041 275 0044
Small wine bar specialised in natural wine, offering a wide range of crostini.

Timon

Address: Fondamenta degli ormesini 2754, 30121
Phone: +39 041 524 6066

Very popular among locals, here you can dine or have a long aperitif. Beautiful location, with a wooden boat in front of it where to enjoy a late afternoon spritz, Timon is for sure one of the nicest places in Venice.

Trattoria alla Fontana 

Address: Fondamenta Cannaregio 1102, 30121

Phone: +39 041 715077

Gourmet Italian food, locally sourced ingredients, homemade pasta and great wines. Mid range price.

sullaluna 

Address: Fondamenta Misericordia 2535, 30121 Venezia VE

Phone: +39 041 722924

Lovely new bookshop and vegetarian bistrot in F.ya della Misericordia. Small offer that includes only organic, fresh and very good products. Ideal if you wish to have a cup of quality tea with a slice of cake, a small focaccia, hummus or fresh cheese (the cheese is produced by the company Borgoluce, delicious!!!!). Highly recommended!

For coffee & Ice-Cream

Pasticceria Dal Mas

Address: Rio Terà Lista di Spagna 149, 30121

Historical Venetian pastry shop. If you ask me, here you eat the best croissant in Venice! Their savoury bites are delicious too and just next to the pastry shop, they recently opened a chocolate shop, which I suggest trying.

Torrefazione Cannaregio 

Address: F.ta degli Ormesini 2804, 30121

Artisan production, alluring perfume and amazing variety of coffees. Great roasting business!
I recommend trying their mouthwatering chocolates and also their savoury products, like the pasta made with coffee or cocoa! If you aren't sure about how to cook it ad with what ingredients combine it, keep following me because I have many recipes in mind.

Pasticceria Pitteri

Address: Strada Nuova 3843/A

Excellent family run pastry shop offering some of the best croissants in Venice. A must try is their croissant with pistachio and the one with jam and custard!

Gelateria San Leonardo 

Address: Cannaregio 1525, 30121

Artisan ice-cream, generous portions, friendly and helpful staff, plus -if you want- you can sit down and relax. Try the nocciolosa flavour !

 

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