While Marco Polo was a great explorer, he called Venice home. The quaint city boasts gondola rides, art, and beautiful scenery. While you’re visiting, make sure you eat well. Delicious food in Venice is plentiful, so here are some spots Marco would approve.
Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801
Very small, very special fish and seafood restaurant in the alley on the other side of the canal from the front of Santa Maria Formosa, with ever- changing menu and a superb wine selection.
Campo Santa Marina 5911
This upmarket osteria in pretty campo Santa Marina has the kind of professional service and standards that are too often lacking in Venice.
Harry's Bar 80
Calle Vallaresso San Marco 1323
Well-heeled tourists and visiting celebrities have been coming to Harry's Bar, a Venice institution, since Giuseppe Cipriani opened it right on the St. Mark's waterfront in 1931.
Sal S Giovanni Grisostomo
They care about quality here, draping choice San Daniele prosciutto over slices of ripe melon or figs, stuffing ravioli with seafood and coating it with a light parsley sauce.
Corte Sconta 81
piazza Candiani, 17
This trailblazing seafood restaurant is such a firm favourite on the well-informed tourist circuit that it is a good idea to book well in advance.
Piazza San Marco San Marco 121
With its ornate stucco mouldings, 18th-century murals, huge mirrors and polished wooden furniture, Quadri is every inch the caffè storico.
Sestiere Cannaregio, 3628/A
You will find a rustic ambience and informal service in this osteria popular with locals. Fish is prepared in a variety of ways, including marinated and grilled choices.
La Zucca 82
Sotoportego del Tintor 1
Vegetable-centric, seasonal small plates bring Venetian spice-trade influences to local produce: zucchini with ginger zing, cinnamon-tinged pumpkin flan, and raspberry spice cake.
Il Ridotto 81
This tiny up-market restaurant is always an experience, with engaging chef Gianni Bonaccorsi involving his customers in all his creative angst.
Sestiere San Polo 2202
The understated atmosphere, simple decor, and quiet elegance featured alongside Da Fiore's modern take on traditional Venetian cuisine certainly merit its international reputation.
Rio Tera de Le Carampane San Polo 1911
This absolutely hidden local favorite is worth finding for its insiders-only, clubby vibe that still somehow maintains an unpretentious air.
Calle Dei Fabbri San Marco 4685
This welcoming restaurant serves traditional Venetian cuisine as well as special dishes based on historic recipes.