Eat Like a Local in Venice
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Venice is high on many travelers must-visit lists and is packed with tourists, may it be summer or winter, what with the many cruise ships that dock there each day. The chances of getting into tourists traps is really high as you won’t be the only person winding your way over the waterways and through the labyrinth of cobbled streets.
If you’re a traveler, you know that you’re very likely to be welcomed by overly enthusiastic waiters into ridiculously expensive hotels, the food being either overcooked or frozen and bland.
Being an experienced tourist, such things are easy to avoid for me as I do my research and look for the most authentic places to eat. I have handpicked and listed below few of the best restaurants that I came across on my recent visit to Venice.
Be sure to check them out when you travel to Venice and taste the flavors of the local Venetian cuisine.
1. Cantina do Spade
Are you fan of Casanova? Well, this is just the place for you then! Cantina do Spade is one of the island’s original and oldest restaurants, so old that Casanova used to dine with his dates here. It is the perfect place to stop by if you’re just in the mood of a drink and a light snack. The locals’ favorite is creamed salt cod or baccalà mantecato and mozzarella in carroza which is crusted fried mozzarella. Cantino do Spade also serves traditional Venetian dishes such as seafood risotto. One of the best things about this restaurant is that it’s open on Sundays as well!
2. Osteria Bancogiro
Housed in the warehouse of the old fruit market and located Rialto, and just a few steps away from the oldest church in Venice, Bancogiro serves the most creative and outstanding dishes from the perfect menu. Walk across the bar and go to the other entrance to choose a table outside and enjoy your dinner and drink while admiring the Canal Grande and the amazing palaces that surround the eatery.
3. Ristorante Dalla Marisa
Though this restaurant might not attract your attention, given its appearance, the food will definitely make you want to visit it again. The menu is set, and this is just the place to go to if you are up for good seafood and want a local experience.
4. Ristorante Casa Bonita
Settle down on the terrace with an amazing view of the canal and order whatever the waiter recommends as they know what you need before you even think of it. The locals’ favorites are spaghetti alle vogole (spaghetti with clams) and Antipasto Big Bonita which is a raw fish appetizer.
5. Osteria Al Merca
Delivering a delicious one-two combination of wine and cichetti, Al Mecra is one of the smallest bars in Venice.
The bar’s front counter is stacking with mini-panini, cheese, and olives, and has an extensive list of wines, ranging from over 50 various types. Arrive early to beat the rush of evenings when the crowds spill out into the campo.