Tasty sounding menus prove to be nothing short of culinary perfection at many establishments in Venice. Most dining venues are found in stylish locations and have been around for eons. The emphasis obviously is on the most important ingredient of Venetian cooking, seafood. However, a range of other Italian specialties are available, such as pizza, pasta and superb salads, often served with fresh cut Italian cheeses and home grown grapes, with an assortment of inexpensive local wines being the norm in the daily fare.

Tasty sounding menus prove to be nothing short of culinary perfection at many establishments in Venice. Most dining venues are found in stylish locations and have been around for eons. The emphasis obviously is on the most important ingredient of Venetian cooking, seafood. However, a range of other Italian specialties are available, such as pizza, pasta and superb salads, often served with fresh cut Italian cheeses and home grown grapes, with an assortment of inexpensive local wines being the norm in the daily fare.

Al Giardinetto da Severino

Al Giardinetto da Severino
Photo: Charles Hutchins / Flickr

Restaurant Al Giardinetto da Severino is steps from Saint Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge. It offers to its customers beautiful backdrop of an ancient Venetian courtyard that was once a part of Zorzi Palace and its interior was used as a chapel by the original inhabitants in the 15th century. Many of the structures unique characteristics such as its frescoed fireplace remain intact. High end Venetian specialties are typical with the specialty of the house being boiled crab that pleases the palate by its multiple seasonings accompanied with first-rate Italian wines. During the nicer weather months, request to dine in the celebrated courtyard for more atmosphere surrounded by the hanging vines and other fauna.

Address: Salizada Zorzi 4928, 30122
Tele: +39 041 528 5332
Website: www.algiardinetto.it

Antico Martini

Antico Martini
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It is always fascinating to gather in a dining venue that has been around for centuries.  Antico Martini still makes culinary music since it opened its doors in 1720. Chef Pierluigi Lovisa is the conductor in his orchestrated kitchen, and the restaurant is the stage. In fact, it has been performing feasts long before opening night of its neighbor, Teatro La Fenice. Daily fresh fish from the Rialto market is always on the menu along with Chateaubriand served with seasonal vegetables. It location and longevity demand top prices, but if you want to splurge at a classic Italian restaurant that is never short on elegance and attention to detail, then by all means head to Antico Martini.

Address: Campiello della Fenice, 2007, 30124
Tele: +39 041 522 4121
Website: www.anticomartini.com

Birraria la Corte

Birraria la Corte
Photo: Birraria La Corte / Facebook

With over a 75-year old history, Birraria la Corte’s locale goes back much further. It formerly served in the 16th century as a holding pen for the bulls that ran in St. Mark’s Square during major festivals. By the nineteenth century, during the Austrian domination, it became the first brewery in Italy and remained as such until the 1930s. The property was rehabilitated and restored to create an avant-garde restaurant with attractive outdoor dining. The interior is quaint and small. There’s a cavalcade of items on its menu including over 30 varieties of pizza, antipastos and meat dishes.

Address: Campo San Polo, 2168, 30125
Tele: +39 041 275 0570
Website: birrarialacorte.it

Kori Restaurant Pizza

Kori Restaurant Pizza
Photo: Kori Restaurant Pizza / Facebook

Pizza is always considered a staple and yes, pizza can be found in Venice. Kori is the place many visitors head to. Besides their forte of pizza and its many variations at nominal prices, Kori’s presents an array of Italian specialties such as minestrone and seafood pasta dishes such as mussels in red sauce linguine. Located behind San Marco Church, you can dine indoors among gold leaf mirrors, wood beam ceilings and white tablecloths, or out along the pedestrian street and people-watch when dining. Location, food, and atmosphere make Kori a pleasant place to eat.

Address: Calle Larga S. Marco, 280, 30124
Tele: +39 041 52.86.158
Website: korivenice.com/its-pizza-time/

Osteria Al Portego

Wine
Photo: Michela Simoncini / Flickr

Osteria Al Portego is located in a rustic renovated farmhouse and serves as a classic Venetian trattoria. Everything from its Italian wines that are poured upstairs in its dining room for banquets and wine tasting events to its lovely flowered summer garden comes altogether as inviting by its coziness and simple elegance. This little gem of a restaurant in Venice is known for ‘cicchetti’ (similar to tapas of small tidbits appetizers), and it is necessary to arrive early to be guaranteed a seat. The specials are written on a blackboard.  Anything served is made with seasonal ingredients of the finest quality, and the specialty of the house is meat on a spit.

Address: Castello San Lio, 6014, 30122
Tele: +39 041 522 9038
Website: www.osterialportego.it

Trattoria Antica Madonna

Seafood Risotto
Photo: Yumi Kimura / Flickr

Situated in a charming corner of Venice, near the Rialto Bridge, the Trattoria Antica Madonna has been serving customers since 1954 as bases it style from the ancient Venetian tavern. It excels in reputation and has over the years has managed to sustain its classic style and excellent quality in traditional dishes.  The specialties are based on the catch of the day and seafood cooked with natural ingredients so not to affect the flavors of each entree. Among the dishes, the standout is a mixed seafood risotto. Its wine cellar contains a good selection of wines from Friuli as well as other major labels of Italian wines.

Address: San Polo, 593 – 94  Calle della Madonna 30125
Tele: +39 041 5223824
Website: www.ristoranteallamadonna.com

There are broad selections of restaurants in Venice. Be prepared, as many can be expensive. However, one can find excellent dining accessible in all price ranges. In Venice opt for the ‘menu of the day’ as it’s the ideal method in sampling the traditional cuisine, as well as being a cost saving.

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