The Italians take their cuisine very seriously and Venice restaurants are widely regarded as some of the best in the country. Risotto and bigoli pasta are classic dishes to try here, along with seafood, which is a big feature of the Venetian diet. Ranging from fresh sardines to crab, shrimp and cuttlefish, the fish and seafood offering is rich and varied. The best restaurants source this seafood locally from the Lagoon, so your catch will always be fresh. On top of this, Venice is celebrated for its traditional cookies, cakes and desserts such as Tiramisu, so it’s well worth leaving some room for each restaurant’s sweet plates. To try this exceptional produce and local recipes at their best, follow our guide to the best restaurants in Venice.
Cuisine: Venetian seafood and pasta
Style / Ambiance: A typical Venetian restaurant, located away from the tourist trail in a quiet Venetian square, the Osteria offers traditional Venetian dishes using only fresh fish, homemade pasta, vegetables and local ingredients, giving diners the chance to savor the authentic and natural flavors. This is easily one of the best places to eat in Venice.
It is also equipped with an excellent wine cellar and the resident sommelier will happily advise you. The atmosphere of the restaurant is simple and elegant, and there is a small private dining room for business lunches or more intimate gatherings. The restaurant has played host to many famous people, including former Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi and the Secretary of the Treasury, Tommaso Padoa Schioppa.