|Lunch at Marco Polo Airport|
I am sure there are many great places to eat in Venice. And I am sure there are many Venetians that have a long list of recommendations. However, for the average traveler not familiar with Venice with only their guidebooks and the internet to guide them, it can be difficult to find those gems. And, as happens in many waterside locations, many of the canal-side restaurants are pricey and mediocre. While I cannot tell you every good restaurant in Venice, I can at least give you the benefit of my own personal research and experience to assist your quest for a memorable Venetian meal.
|Seafood Antipasti at A Beccafico|
|John Dory at Alle Testiere|
For all restaurants, I highly recommend making reservations in advance. We made our reservations before we left home for our vacation. It was clear that every restaurant we went to for dinner would have been impossible to visit without a reservation.
We also had good luck for our lunches, which I did not plan in advance. We kept our eyes open for good looking places deep in the heart of Venice, far from Piazza San Marco and the canal. Our finds included a pizza place with standing tables and a restaurant with a few tables outside in a small piazza. I recommend avoiding restaurants along the Grand Canal, as those seem to have the worst reputations.
The Marco Polo Airport also deserves an honorable mention. We ate lunch there while waiting for our flight home. If you live in the United States, or have visited one of our airports during your travels, you are probably painfully aware that the food available at our airports is nothing to write home about for the most part. Yet at Marco Polo, I purchased from a casual eatery a delicious prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich with a delightful glass of red wine. Airport food as it should be.