AD – this is part of a collaboration with Jet2.com
I adore Italy. I mean, I’ve only visited Rome and Venice so far, but it’s given me a burning wanderlust to explore more of the country. You can’t help but fall in love with Italian food: fresh, simple ingredients form the basis of most dishes and there is a reliance on the quality of the ingredients to produce the flavours. It’s very regional too, with various dishes only found in certain parts of Italy. Venice was no exception when it came to the food and eating like a local is easily one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Venetian culture. Situated in a shallow lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, it’s no surprise that seafood is at the heart of many traditional Venetian dishes. Cicetti is also unique to Venice – Tapas style dishes that you can eat
Food plays a BIG role my trips. In fact, it’s what I remember the most. Here’s an in depth guide of where and what we ate in Venice and how to immerse yourself in local cuisine!
Top Tips for Eating in Venice
- If you are on a budget, stick to
cicettibars. Cicetti costs €1-3 per piece. Good cicettibars also sell cheap drinks. You’ll be able to find AeperolSpritz and prosecco for around €3 and wine for about €4! So when someone tells you Venice is really expensive, please direct them to the nearest cicettibar…
- Restaurants around San Marco are expensive. If you want good, cheap food, eat in Rialto, San Paolo or Cannaregio.
- If you eat or drink in San Marco’s square, you’ll be charged extra (up to €10) for sitting on the tables outside. Yep, even on top of your €2 expresso.
- Most bars and restaurants in Venice have a small charge for sitting on the tables outside, but if you stay away from San Marco, it won’t exceed €1.
- There were plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, but if you are vegan double check the small, local restaurants, as fresh pasta is made with egg!
- Venice might be small, but it’s not immune to global chains! It has a Burger King,
Rossopomodorroand Del Moros Pasta To Go – we tried Del Moros and it wasn’t worth it at all so stick with the locals for authentic Venetian cuisine that supports the local economy.
Where to eat: Traditional Venetian Cuisine
Pane Vino e San Daniele Rialto
Pane Vino e San Daniele Rialto was the first restaurant we ate at on our first night and it was a gem. Tucked away in a side street a
Find it: Calle dei Botteri, 1544, 30125 Venice VE, Italy
Cantina Do Spade
Cantina Do Spade came by recommendation from a friend who spent the summer in Venice a few years ago. It’s a
We had the
Find it: Calle del Scaleter, 859, 30125 Venice VE, Italy
Il Ridotto Restaurant
Venetian cuisine, but not as you know it. Il Ridotto Restaurant is a Michelin Star location on the outskirts of San Marco. If you are looking for a special meal, I’d definitely recommend it. For €35 you can have the lunch menu which includes bread, three tapas dishes and a fish or meat main course. They also offer 5 and 7 course tasting menus from €80 per person.
The tapas dishes were incredible:
Find it: Campiello, Campo Santi Filippo and Giacomo, 4509, 30122
Where to eat: Cicetti & Wine Bars
Located in San Polo, Bar All’Arco is hailed as the best place for
Find it: S. Polo, 436, 30125 Venice VE, Italy
Art Cafe Venezia
One of my favourite bars
Find it: Campiello Santa Maria Nova, 30121 Venice VE, Italy
Ostaria dai Zemei
Find it: Calle del Scaleter, 1045 / b, 30125 Venice VE, Italy
There are a few Majer Bakeries across Venice. They are a local bakery business but in Campo S. Giacomo dell’Orio, there is a
Cost: £ – ££
Find it: Campo S. Giacomo dell’Orio, 1658, 30100 Venice VE, Italy
Osteria al Ponte da Tellero
Another highlight of the weekend was €2.50 prosecco from Osteria al Ponte Da Tellero. It was crisp, fresh and I will never forget sipping prosecco on the bridge overlooking the canals. It’s just off the beaten track and a real hidden gem, so if you can make time to find it – go try the prosecco and grab some cicetti whilst you’re at it.
Find it: Cannaregio, 6378, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
Where to eat: Best of the Rest
Al Forno Antico
Venice isn’t particularly famous for its pizza, but if you are after a slice to line your stomach after a few spritzes, I’d recommend Al Forno Antico near the Rialto Bridge. You’ll find traditional thin Italian base pizzas but try the
Find it: Ruga Rialto, 973, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Gelato Di Natura
Gelato di Natura was by far the best gelato we had all weekend – so good we went back twice! It was creamy, sweet and had
Find it: Campo San Giacomo from the Orio, San Croce, 1628, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
Panificio Pasticceria Garbo (Burano)
When we went to Burano, we stopped off at a pasticceria (bakery) for a fritelle. A fritelle is a sweet, cream filled doughnut that you can only buy during Carnival. You can buy them in most bakeries across Venice and there are lots of different flavours like Tiramasu, Raisin and Chocolate. I had a traditional cream one and it was very sweet but oh so delicious! If you don’t go during Carnival, try Galvani or Canneloni.
Find it: Fondamenta degli Assassini, 335, 30142 Venezia VE, Italy
So there we have it – the ultimate guide to eating and drinking in Venice! Someone sent me a message on Instagram and said they weren’t impressed with the food in Venice – but I completely disagree with you soz. Venice has such a good food scene and a real culinary identity that sets it apart from the rest of Italy, so make sure you make the most of it and immerse yourself. If you want to try out Venice for yourself, check out Jet2Citybreaks – they have some great deals on flight and hotel packages.
Hungry for more? Check out my ultimate three-ish day itinerary for Venice and save my Google Maps guide below.
Where to Eat In Venice
Here’s a map with all the places we visited in Venice, from sights to eats and useful stuff like hotels and ferry terminals. You can save this map to your places and use it as a basis for your own maps.
I’ve colour coded it for ease: Red is for transport and accommodation; Green for food; Yellow for things to see.
To use the map, open Google Maps on your browser, open the tab on the left-hand side and click on ‘My Places’. Save to your maps to edit. You can download it before your trip for easy access when you’re on your trip.
Disclaimer – My trip to Venice was a collaboration with Jet2.com. Jet2 provided our flights, hotel and expenses. This blog post is in addition to my first blog post, but some of the food showed in this post will have been covered as part of my collaboration with Jet2.