20 April 2018

5 best restaurants in Venice
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
La Cantina 
Great for people watching
Look beyond the understated façade of La Cantina and you’ll find it has taken cicheto, or Venetian style tapas to another level, with lots of freshly prepared, imaginative dishes. You can graze on trays of fresh oysters, meat and cheese and sip Gaston, the cantina's own brew at the outside tables, which offer the perfect place for watching the world bustle by. However, in typical Venetian style there is no menu – you’ll need to ask the friendly staff, who will help you to order a plate (or two or three) piled high with mouth-watering crostini.
Cannaregio 3689, Campo San Felice
Tel: 041 522 8258
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Ca' D'Oro (Alla Vedova)
The holy grail of meatballs
Officially named Ca' d'Oro, this family run bacari place is known by locals as Alla Vedova, or  ‘the widow's place’ and is a great place to enjoy Venetian style tapas, cicheto with a glass of wine, or ombra. Situated on the Strada Nuova, well away from the city’s touristy hub, this warm, traditional eatery is packed at the weekends with locals lingering by the bar, waiting for the hot polpette (pork meatballs) to emerge from the kitchen. It also offers tasty pasta dishes like spaghetti in cuttlefish ink.
Cannaregio 3912, Ramo Ca' d'Oro
Tel: +39 041 5285324
Tel: +39 041 5223812 www.ristorantealcovo.com
Al Covo
Avant-garde eating in ancient Venice
Despite being hidden in an alley behind the riva degli Schiavoni, Al Covo is very much on the international gourmet map. Small and cosy, its interior walls display original artwork by trans-avantgarde artists, while in the summer there is an outside space with tables facing a picturesque, ancient Venetian square. Al Covo’s foodie reputation is based on its excellent seafood menu, which includes a sashimi of Adriatic fish and crustaceans, and paccheri pasta with pistachio pesto, mussels and aubergine.
Castello 3968

Osteria alle Testiere
Romance off the tourist tracks
This tiny, charming place has only a handful of tables and is very popular with the locals. Fresh seafood is the order of the day here, and paired with delightful service and an excellent wine list it's a great place to head to if romance is on the menu.
The food is fresh, clean, refined and seasoned to perfection, with delights such as gazpacho with grilled little octopus, potato gnocchetti with small calamari and cinnamon scent and their house special, razor clams to choose from. If you can, get the restaurant's cookbook as a souvenir.
Calle Del Mondo Novo Castello 5801
Tel:   +39 0415227220 www.osterialletestiere.it
Harry's Bar
If these walls could speak…
Offering the epitome of Venetian elegance, in 2001 the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs declared Harry’s Bar a national landmark and it's now one of the world's most celebrated restaurants, famous for creating the Bellini and carpaccio. Harry's Bar was a popular spot for famous writers and actors including Ernest Hemingway and Humphrey Bogart and is the perfect choice if you’re after an evening of pure indulgence.
San Marco 1323
Tel: +39 041 5285777 www.harrysbarvenezia.com
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