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Venice Dining

Dining in Venice is an absolute treat and the culinary experiences you can enjoy are endless. Similarly to most places in Italy, what makes the food so perfect is the simple recipes, fresh ingredients and technique that’s been passed down from generation to generation. Keep in mind when dining that lunch is taken very seriously and “grabbing a quick bite to eat” isn’t recommended at a sit-down restaurant. Plan enough money into your eating budget to allow yourself to enjoy dining out as much as possible. It’s worth it!

What to Try When Dining in Venice
Venice is situated next to the Adriatic Sea and consequently, the focal point of many of its local dishes is seafood. Try not to leave Venice without tasting some the local delicacies. Make sure to try some of the dishes mentioned below when dining in Venice.

Gnocchi di San Zeno is offered many times as an appetizer, and due to its heavy nature it’s recommended to share if you’re planning on eating a full meal. This dish is the traditional potato based dumpling served with creamy butter and delicious local cheeses.

When dining in Venice, make sure to try some Seafood dishes. Some recommendations include Baccalà, made of creamed dry salt cod or Risotto alle seppie, which includes fresh assorted seafood and takes on a rich black color from cuttlefish ink (popular in Italian pastas). Spaghetti alle vognole is an excellent introduction to fresh Venetian clams and is prepared in an invigorating spicy sauce. Also, try the traditional Fritto di mare, a delectable assortment of deep-fried treasures from the sea.

Three highly recommended restarurants to try for any of the aforementioned specialities include: Trattoria Altanella (located Calle delle Erbe, 268, Giudecca), Fiaschetteria Toscana (located at Salizzada San Giovanni) or Al Covo (located at Castello, 3968). These restaurants offer some of the city’s best cuisine at moderate prices with excellent service and lively and warm atmospheres.

For a slightly larger budget, visit Grand Canal (inside the Hotel Monaco at Calle Vallaresso, 1325), for some of the best in Venetian cuisine.

Tip: Celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been spotted here so be sure to bring a camera because you never know who will turn up. It truly is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city.


Though seafood is prevalent on most Venetian menu, vegetarians will not be at a loss for delicious dishes when dining in Venice. The restaurant La Zucca (located at San Giacomo dell'Orio, Santa Croce) offers great vegetarian options.

Some Things to Keep in Mind When Dining in Venice

When dining in Venice, often you’ll find a service charge of around 10% on your bill. It is customary and expected to add an additional symbolic cash tip (15% is what is considered to be a reasonable tip if you have experienced good service). If you see “servizio incluso” or “servizio compreso” on your bill, this means that they have charged you for service. If you are unsure, ask your waiter.
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