Best Places To Eat in Venice

Published: 27th October 2009
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Best Places To Eat in Venice

1. Laguna da Toni - Is a docked boat which sits 25-minute boat ride away from Portegrandi, a town near the islands of Burano and Torcello. Thanks to the abundant lagoon produce, this humble bilancia is serving fresh and tasty Venetian cuisines like pasta con granchietto di laguna, frittura misto and sarde in soar. For 35 euros per person, you can indulge a seven-course dinner which includes dessert, coffee, sparkling white wine from Conegliano, and boat transportation from Portegrandi. If you want escape from the busy streets of Venice and take some fresh air , Laguna da Toni is the right place for you. Reservations must be booked at least two weeks ahead, you can reach Mr. Toni Zottarel, the bilancia owner and cook at telephone number: 39-338-821-1229.

2. La Cusina - Dining in La Cusina gives you the chance to enjoy the view of Santa Maria della Salute - a most sought-after sight you can enjoy while devouring a sumptuous Italian cuisine like ravioli stuffed with sea bass in a light cream sauce with wild fennel. Prices of main meals ranges from 21 to 23 euros while secondary meals ranges from 23 to 34 euros.

3. Avogaria Locanda and Restaurant - Sweet, quiet and modern, this restaurant specializes in Puglian cuisine, mostly olive oil-based meals like burrata con verdure, fresh mozzarella with creamy center and vegetables, tuna fish "tagliata" with sesame, filetto di branzino in crosta di patate al forno, and sea bass fillet with potatoes. By plane, you can reach Avogaria either thru Marco Polo Venice Airport or San Giuseppe Treviso Airport. It's located on Calle dell'Avogaria in Dorsoduro and with telephone number: 011-39-041-296-0491.

4. Fiaschetteria Toscana - This "bright, elegant, and relatively small place" wrote Mark Bittman, is tucked in the heart of Venice, 200 metres from Ponte di Rialto in Salizada s. Giovanni Grisostomo. Fiaschetteria Toscana got its name in late 1800s when the Busatto family, from Montecatini in Tuscany, opened a bar offering typical local products. Today, despite its name, this restaurant serves traditional Venetian fare like sarde in saor or marinated sardines. Their risottos are one of the best in the city - made with aged organic Carnaroli rice popularly known as Acquerello from a small Piedmontese producer. The end-product? A Venetian risotto which is perfectly soupy and loose but hardly creamy.

5. Cantinone Gia Schiavi - Located just southwest of the Accademia bridge, this place is popular for their great wine selection from Venice. They are open from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm thru Mondays to Saturdays and 10 am to 1 pm on Sundays.

6. Al Covo - This lovely restaurant located in Castello, Venice is popular not only for their fresh seafoods and excellent selection of moderately priced wines but also for their warm and welcoming atmosphere. Waiters are friendly, suggestive and English speaking. One of the owners of this lovely restaurant hails from Texas, which explains the hospitable atmosphere to Americans. Their menu includes garnished light beef tartar steak, fresh granzevola or spider-crab meat, and canocce or shrimp salad for starters; roasted lamp chops with lentils and homemade mint sauce and deep-fried fish and shellfish with crispy vegetables and matchstick fries for main courses. They also have a fresh 24 hour salad for side dishes.

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