Best Restaurants in Venice
While Venice''s cuisine can''t compare with many other Italian
destinations, it does have some wonderful restaurants featuring the
cuisine of the
. Near the Rialto Bridge, there is a string of
restaurants with tables along the canal, where you can enjoy the
quintessential Venetian practice of dining by the canal lights. The
Dorsoduro area has the highest concentration of places where
locals, especially students, go to eat.
One of Venetian cuisine''s most celebrated ingredients is
cuttlefish, and its ink. This powerful black ink serves as an
ingredient and a sauce in polenta (corn meal), risotto (rice), and
pasta dishes. Despite the intensity in colour, the ink has an
unexpectedly mild taste. Also popular in Venetian restaurants and
(Italian tapas), which is usually made up of
small servings of fish, little sandwiches, plates of olives or even
very small servings of regular full-course meals.
For fresh fruit, including chilled coconut, visit the street
market stalls. If self-catering, the Rialto food markets are the
best place to find fruit, vegetables and cheese; and a huge range
of seafood, most of it fresh out of the lagoon.
Travellers looking for authentic Venetian cuisine and prices
should avoid establishments with menus in six different languages
displayed in the windows, and rather head away from the tourist
centre to look for quaint and welcoming eateries tucked away in the
city''s nooks and crannies.