Though they run the gamut in price and style, most restaurants in Venice concentrate on what the lagoon has always delivered best: Fresh fish, caught... Read More
Though they run the gamut in price and style, most restaurants in Venice concentrate on what the lagoon has always delivered best: Fresh fish, caught in the early hours, sold in the morning at the Rialto market, and plated up the same evening at household names like Antico Martini and Il Ridotto. Venetian food isn’t your typical “Italian” cuisine—locals prefer polenta to pasta, and iconic dishes include fegato alla veneziana (liver and onions), sarde in saor (sardines with raisins, onions, and pine nuts, served cold) and flash-fried moeche, soft-shell crabs from the lagoon. Prices have historically been on the high side, but in recent years, a new generation of affordable restaurants has appeared, like Pizzeria Oke, on the Zattere. For a lunch on the run, stop at a bacaro—these traditional bars often do great homemade food, as well as snacks. After dinner, we recommend a walk to Pasticceria Tonolo, a bakery that's been whipping up delicious cakes topped with crystallized fruits for more than 120 years.