Venice Restaurants and Food
ABOVE: Pizza may not be
traditional Venetian cuisine, but it's a bargain for tourists on a budget.
Venice Food Articles and
Restaurant Reviews veniceforvisitors.com
A collection of articles on dining in Venice,
along with reviews that give prices and street directions.
Gelato in Venice
Italy's version of ice cream may be the best gastronomic bargain in Venice. Read
my gelato-buying tips and mini-reviews of famous or favorite gelaterie.
Book review: Shannon
Essa and Ruth Edenbaum have written a lively, informative guide to scores of
Venetian restaurants and bars. The book also includes tips on how, when, and
what to eat in Venice.
Café Life Venice
Book review: This
"Guidebook to the Cafés and Bacari of La Serenissima" may have
been the best new Venice
book of 2008. It's also an irresistible gift for Venetophiles.
This highly regarded 257-year-old restaurant has expanded its bilingual site to include
menus, recipes, photos, history, a hotel map of the Piazza San Marco area, and special
promotions for Internet users.
Le Bistrot de
Chef Ivano Frezza offers two menus: "Venetian classic cuisine from popular
local traditions" and historic Venetian cuisine from the 14th Century. You can
read the menus and book a table online.
The Piazza San Marco's most elegant café has served the cognoscenti since 1720. The
prices are breathtaking, but where else can you share a dining room with the ghosts of
Casanova and Balzac?
Osterie e Dintorni
This guide uses an interactive map and an alphabetical index to help you find
traditional Venetian bars (some of which are also restaurants).
Greenspun's comment that "Venice is famous for bad restaurants" is just plain
silly, but his mini-reviews are useful for upscale travelers.
Sole e Luna
The first of these restaurants is in San Polo, near the S. Silvestro vaporetto
stop; the second is on the Zattere, overlooking the Giudecca Canal. (Note:
This page can be very slow to load.)
If you're looking for a specific restaurant, this list of addresses and the
nearest vaporetto stations will be useful. Don't miss the list of
Venetian Pub Crawl
Travel writer and tour organizer Rick Steves describes an inexpensive six-course
"stand-up progressive dinner" in local bars and gelato parlors.