Alle Testiere

This tiny restaurant is today one of the hottest culinary tickets in Venice. There are so few seats that they do two sittings each evening; booking for the later one (at 9pm) will ensure a more relaxed meal. Bruno, the chef, offers creative variations on Venetian seafood; the caparossoli (local clams) sautéed in ginger, and the John Dory fillet sprinkled with aromatic herbs in citrus sauce, are two mouth-watering examples. Sommelier Luca guides diners around a small but well-chosen wine list. The desserts, too, are spectacular.

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), surprisingly light fritto misto (fried seafood) and caramote prawn salad with seasonal vegetables. Never short of a smart, convivial crowd, it’s a good idea to book ahead.

Da Fiore

Prestigious and exclusive premises welcome you offering high quality cuisine served in elegant and refined rooms.
Once an old Venetian tavern, da Fiore has become, thanks to Mara and Maurizio Martin, one of the most famous restaurants of the city.

Its high class service and its delicious gastronomic dishes have consolidated its fame up to now.

Il Ridotto

Down a side street just off Piazza San Marco, Il Ridotto (which translates as ‘reduced’) is a delightfully romantic intimate experience. The two-course lunch tasting menu is good value at €28, and the attentive and well-humoured staff will add to your enjoyment. They’ll also help out with the rather intimidating wine list, which has a great selection of choices by the glass. The food is fresh and full of gutsy local flavours, and its popularity with the locals can only be a good thing. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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