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Top Places to Eat (Dinner + Gelato!) in Venice, Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy

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, Venice, Italy

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!

30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Ristorante Piccolo Martini

Ristorante Piccolo Martini, Venice, Italy

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.

Piazza San Marco, 1501, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Pizzeria Birreria Nuova Valigia

Pizzeria Birreria Nuova Valigia, Venice, Italy

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.

S. Marco, 4697/a, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Ristorante Marciana

Ristorante Marciana, Venice, Italy

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.

Calle Larga S. Marco, 367 A/B, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Caffè Florian (for drinks and a snack)

Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy

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.

Piazza San Marco, 57, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Where to Eat Gelato in Venice, Italy

Maison de la Crêpe

Stickhouse Venezia, Venice, Italy

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.

Sestiere Cannaregio, 5781, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

Gelato Fantasy

Gelato Fantasy, Venice, Italy

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.

Calle dei Fabbri, 929, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Gelateria Al Campanil

Gelateria Amore, Venice, Italy

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!

S. Marco, 2606, 30124 campo San Maurizio VE, Italy

Where To Stay in Venice, Italy

More Things To Do In Venice, Italy

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Top Places to Eat (Dinner + Gelato!) in Venice, Italy

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