food, food .... and drinks
There is a variety of restaurants in Venice ... make sure you don't fall in the wrong one. Better to check always the prices before hand, and service at the table normally has an extra charge.
Breakfast - there are many bars around the house. You can have a normal cappuccino and brioche if you have a sweet palate or prosecco and pizzetta, tramezzino (venetian sandwiches) for more adventurous people. Here a list:
✓ Pasticceria (patisserie): exiting the little calle Massa just turn right and walk until you find a cafè on the corner. Owners are a bit grumpy but the quality of the patisserie is really good.
✓ Bar Rosa Salva: in the main square of SS. Giovanni e Paolo you will find a very nice coffee. If you sit outside it’s a bit more expensive, but during the summer it’s great.
✓ Other bars: go to campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo and cross it to the end towards the entrance of the hospital. Cross the bridge and you will find another couple of bars for a cappuccino and a something to eat. Not classy places but good.
Restaurants - there are hundreds of restaurant for all prices. In Venice they open a new restaurant evey day, so maybe you can let me know your experience. I give you some suggestions on restaurants I regularly frequent. I add and delete constantly places when I believe the quality is changing.
✓Ai Promessi Sposi: in calle dell'Oca near the boat stop of Ca' D'Oro. There are a young and motivated crowd. Quality pretty good and reasonable prices. Very good in the winter as the place is small. ***
✓ da Alberto: close by near campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo. Nothing exceptional but good value for money close to home. calle Giacinto Gallina Cannaregio 5401, Venice, Italy 041 5238153 **
✓ il Paradiso Perduto: great place, good fun and gives you a good feeling for Venice. You can eat for about 30€ each. Address: Fondamenta della Misericordia, 2540, Phone:+39 041 720581 (it doesn't have a website) (***)
✓ Da Rioba: excellent quality restaurant. A bit more upper standard. price around 30-40€ each. ***
✓Antica Adelaide: excellent fish restaurant near the Strada Nuova. I love the fresh pasta they make. My favourite dish is "Bigoli alla Busara". The panna cotta as a dessert is to die for. Address: Sestiere Cannaregio, 3728 (calle Priuli), 30121 Venice, Italy ****
✓Covino: for me it's an excellent restaurant! A higher standard restaurant with only 5 tables. Great eating experience. You need to book adead. *****
Apertivo & finger food
Aperitivo and finger food - there is a number of places where to eat and drink something. There are many bars that have tables outside that are fine for a nice Spritz.
✓ Osteria al Ponte: cute little wine bar where you can eat and drink something for cheap. A little glass of wine called “ombra” costs about 80 cents. Be careful because if you sit it can get pretty expensive!
✓Milan Bar: local little bar where you can sit outside to have your Prosecco. I live it because it's local. Tramezzini a very good to eat as well. It's in campo Bruno Crovato (Santa Maria Nova) a few bridges away from campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo
✓ La mascareta: a little bit more upper class wine bar with good food, cheeses and hams. It is as well a proper restaurant with very good food. I suggest to go in the evening as you will meet the crazy owner “Mauro Lorenzon”. The place is very close to the house. Enoiteca Mascareta Calle lunga Santa Maria Formosa, 5183 Venezia Tel. / Fax. 041 5230744
✓ Al Remer: beautiful wine bar close to the grand canal. I strongly suggest to go to have an aperitive around 6 p.m. It’s a bit difficult to find, but it worth it. It’s close to Rialto. Food can be pretty expensive!
Hire a Venetian cook at home
Why not? For a family or a group of people could be cheaper to have a cook coming at your place and cook together with him.
They have a number of menus of Venetian specialities, and they are good fun.
If you feel like trying tehm you can contact Anna and she will give you a quote and availability