Let’s face it: in Venice you don’t just visit its amazing museums, take a gondola ride, or enjoy the view of the city that offers the St. Mark’s bell tower.

In Venice it’s also nice to sit at a table and taste its beauties … yes, taste in the real sense of the word, because the culinary delights of the lagoon are so many and so different. The gastronomic offer is very wide and ranges between fish, meat, famous cicheti, aperitif and much more.

In short, if you’re planning a trip to Venice, sit back and relax while I tell you where you can find the best restaurants and inns in the lagoon, spending a bargain, so to speak 


The best restaurants in Venice: Osteria Antico Calice

I ended up in this restaurant almost by mistake and I can also say I was a bit skeptical. Some friends had told me about the place and since then I think we’ve come back not less than 10 times. My favorite in Venice absolutely. Magnificent location – close to the Rialto Bridge – but above all amazing dishes! Just to mention some: cod tris (mantecato, alla vicentina and stewed) and saor tris (sardines, scampi and sole), which I adored from the first to the last bite. Curiosity: almost surely this place gave birth to spritz.


The best restaurants in Venice: Corte Sconta


I’ve never been here but I’ve always been warmly recommended. I’m definitely planning to drop by  It’s close to the Arsenale and offers true Venetian dishes such as clams with ginger, raw spider crab, creamed dried cod. I know they even make homemade bread. I invite you to try it and tell me what you think, because I’m curious 


The best restaurants in Venice: Alla Rivetta


Comfortable and central, right behind St. Mark’s Square. Perfect for a stop during a long Venetian stroll. There you can taste typical and genuine cuisine and try each day a different specialty depending on the ingredients that the chef has available. Curiosity: the favorite place for gondoliers in the lunch break.


The best restaurants in Venice: Ai Cacciatori


I’ll close the tour with one of Venice’s historic venues, which for more than 100 years has been charming Venetians and people on Giudecca with unique flavors. You will find it on the island of Giudecca, ready to delight you with fresh fish, directly from the Rialto Market, and seasonal vegetables. Bread, pasta and homemade cakes. Curiosity: there is also a menu for coeliacs.

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