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Venice, Italy: Five of the best places to eat and drink

Five fantastic place to eat and drink in Italy's Venice. Chosen by Laura Zavan, an Italian food writer whose latest book is Venice Cult Recipes.

Osteria Ca’d’Oro/ La Vedova

A picturesque and historic bacaro known by two different names, people jostle at the bar here for small plates of Venetian meatballs, baccalà mantecato (creamed salt cod), sardine in saor (sweet and sour sardines), and artichoke hearts to go with their drinks.


Calle del Pistor 3942; 00 39 41 528 5324

La Cantina

With its outside tables La Cantina is worth a stop whatever the time of day. As its name (‘the cellar’) suggests, it’s a place to drink good wine and also a house beer, Morgana. Let Francesco advise you. He prepares high quality, market-driven dishes such as raw and cooked fish with crisp seasonal vegetables.

Cannaregio 3689, Campo San Felice; 00 39 041 522 8258

Alle due Gondolette

In a working-class neighbourhood far from the tourist flow, don’t miss Alle due Gondolette. This restaurant’s respectable family cooking includes baccala mantecato (creamed dried cod) and the baccala alle vincentina (dried cod with polenta).


Anice Stellato

Amid an elegant yet rustic setting, packed with locals and serving traditional Venetian cooking with modern influences, Franca, the chef, and her team will take very good care of you at Anice Stellato. The menu changes every day; if it’s on, definitely try the frittura of fish and vegetables.


Osteria Bancogiro

With its large terrace overlooking the Grand Canal, everything at Osteria Bancogiro is original and good, from eggplant-lardo-octopus tramezzini (little sandwiches, €2-5) to home-made bigoli (long, thick pasta) in salsa served with a cardoon (artichoke-like vegetable) puree (menu €35).


Written by Laura Zavan, author of Venice Cult Recipes (£20, Murdoch Books).


This feature was published in February 2015