Restaurants

Top Choice Venetian in Dorsoduro

Riviera

Seafood connoisseurs concur that dining at GP Cremonini’s restaurant is a Venetian highlight. A former rock musician, GP now focuses his considerable talents on delivering perfectly balanced octopus stew, feather-li…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

All’Arco

Search out this authentic neighbourhood osteria (casual tavern) for the best cicheti (bar snacks) in town. Armed with ingredients from the nearby Rialto Market, father-son team Francesco and Matteo serve miniature m…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Antiche Carampane

Hidden in the once-shady lanes behind Ponte delle Tette, this culinary indulgence is a trick to find. Once you do, say goodbye to soggy lasagne and hello to a market-driven menu of silky crudi (raw fish/seafood), su…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Osteria Trefanti

La Serenissima's spice trade lives on at simple, elegant Trefanti, where a dish of marinated prawns, hazelnuts, berries and caramel might get an intriguing kick from garam masala. Furnished with old pews and recycle…
Top Choice Bakery in Cannaregio

Pasticceria Dal Mas

Our favourite Venetian bakery-cafe sparkles with mirrors, marble and metal trim, providing a fitting casket for the precious pastries displayed within. Despite the perpetual morning crush, the efficient team dispens…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Dai Zemei

Running this closet-sized cicheti counter are zemei (twins) Franco and Giovanni, who serve loyal regulars small meals with plenty of imagination: gorgonzola lavished with peperoncino (chilli) marmalade, duck breast …
Top Choice Venetian in Dorsoduro

Estro

Estro is anything you want it to be: wine bar, aperitivo pit stop, or sit-down degustation restaurant. The 500 wines – all of them naturally processed – are chosen by young-gun owners Alberto and Dario, whose passio…
Top Choice Venetian in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Venissa Osteria

A more affordable companion piece to its Michelin-starred sister, this upmarket osteria offers updates on Venetian classics such as marinated fish, duck pasta and bigoli (thick wholemeal pasta with anchovies). For a…
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Pasticceria Tonolo

Long, skinny Tonolo is the stuff of local legend, a fact confirmed by the never-ending queue of customers. Ditch packaged B&B croissants for flaky apfelstrudel (apple pastry), velvety bignè al zabaione (marsala …
Top Choice Venetian in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Locanda Cipriani

Run by the Cipriani family since 1935, the Locanda is Harry’s Bar gone rustic, with a wood-beamed dining room opening onto a pretty country garden. But standards are standards, so staff buzz about in dapper bowties,…