Experiencing the local cuisine is one of the most important parts of traveling to Italy. It should come as no surprise that seafood is a main staple of the island city of Venice. Find out what and where you should eat on your visit to Venice, Italy.
Venetian Cuisine You Should Try
- Spaghetti al nero di seppia — spaghetti noodles with black squid ink
- Sarde in saor — sardines with onions, pine nuts, and raisins
- Fegato alla veneziana — liver, sautéed with onions, served with polenta
Where to Eat Lunch and Dinner in Venice, Italy
Ristorante Da Cherubino
Ristorante Da Cherubino is a really good restaurant not far from Piazza San Marco. Surprisingly, it wasn’t overpriced for how close it was to the touristy area, and they didn’t charge a service fee.
We were feeling bold and went for their spaghetti al nero and a seafood linguine. We really enjoyed the spaghetti al nero and its black cuttlefish ink noodles; it didn’t have a strong taste, but it did kind of turn your mouth black!
Ristorante Piccolo Martini
Ristorante Piccolo Martini is a self-service restaurant with sandwiches and pizza by the slice for a quick meal. They do have a neighboring part of the restaurant that has sit-down service as well.
But if you need a break from all the pasta and are in the mood for a quick sandwich, this is a good, reasonably priced place.
Pizzeria Birreria Nuova Valigia
Pizzeria Birreria Nuova Valigia is a simple restaurant that Kevin and I found for sharing a pizza between the two of us. It is in the touristy area near Piazza San Marco, but the pizza, at least, was reasonably priced. They also have classic pasta and seafood dishes.
We went all out at Ristorante Marciana. We ordered a bottle of Moscato for the table, and the four of us tried a bunch of different dishes: the seafood risotto, chicken alfredo pasta, spicy rigatoni, and lamb. This was a good variety of Italian cuisine.
Caffè Florian (for drinks and a snack)
Caffé Florian has been a Venetian staple since 1720, making it the oldest café in the world. If you want the most expensive coffee in Venice, go to Caffè Florian. I really only suggest it for the experience, if you’re willing to pay for it. Our drinks were included in our bus tour, so I have no idea how much any of it would have cost us.
You can sit outside listening to the musicians and enjoying the romance of Piazza San Marco. They serve coffee and alcoholic beverages, and snacks come with your drinks; they also serve food if you want to make a whole meal out of it.
Where to Eat Gelato in Venice, Italy
Maison de la Crêpe
Maison de la Crêpe near Rialto Bridge and Fondaco Dei Tedeschi is a go-to place for all things sweet. They serve traditional gelato, gelato on a stick, crêpes, fruit drinks, and more.
The delicious Gelato Fantasy is located not far from Piazza San Marco. They have classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and hazelnut as well as specialty flavors like cheesecake and Venetian cream.
Gelateria Al Campanil
The small Gelateria Al Campanil is located in Campo San Maurizio near the free Museo della Musica. After you look around at the historical musical instruments, you can pop in here for some gelato!
More Things To Do In Venice, Italy
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Ready to visit Venice, Italy? Plan your trip with these tips.
- Book your flight to Italy: Find the cheapest flights using Skyscanner, my favorite flight search engine.
- Find Accommodation: You can find top hotels in Venice using Booking.com.
- Get a Guide Book: Check out the guide books from Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, or Rick Steves for in depth info about traveling to Italy.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Venice, Italy? Let me know in the comments!