I am going to begin with a restaurant recommended by our friend Maria, who always has great suggestions. Many people complain about the price of restaurants in Venice, but Maria assured us that Trattoria alla Vedova offered great food at very reasonable prices. She was right.
The restaurant is tucked away in a corner not far from the Ca’D'Oro ferry stop.
Trattoria alla Vedova, cnr Calle del Pistor and Ramo Ca’D'oro.
I think the prices here are excellent.
The menu is compact, but offers delicious choices.
We went early, just as the restaurant was about to open, which was lucky, because there was a queue to get in not long after we sat down. The service is friendly and efficient and there is a fun atmosphere with a mix of locals and the odd lucky tourist.
While we were waiting for Vedova to open we discovered a very cute little wine bar called Cantina Vecia Carbonera further down the Strada Nova, near the Ponte S’Antonio. We had been walking all day, mostly getting lost in Venice, so we thought a comforting red wine was in order.
The snacks looked so good we had trouble deciding what to order. We were very happy with our selections.
We were the first in, but by the time we left there was a good crowd arriving. It looks like a fun place to meet friends.
There is a cute little snack bar not far from Piazza San Marco in Calle dei Fabri that I have managed to find each time I have been to Venice. It serves great coffee and the best sandwiches. It is expensive if you sit down in the tiny space, but would no doubt cost less if you were prepared to stand at the bar.
The small, but very cute seating area.
We discovered by chance La Caravella restaurant on our wanderings in Calle Largo XXII Marzo. It turned out that the restaurant is one of the most well known in Venice and has been run by the Serandrei family since 1908. We chose it because we liked the look of it.
The interior has been decorated to evoke the vessels of Christopher Colombus.
Another of Maria’s suggestions was Florian, the gorgeous bar in St Mark’s square. This is very expensive, but an experience in Venice that is very special and should be done at least once. We chose the cheapest thing on the menu, which was a spritz and a snack.
The beautiful interior at Florian. It is also possible to sit outside under the portico, but it is so lovely inside we chose that option.
Florian is very busy and provides excellent people watching.
A visit to Harry’s Bar at the Cipriani is a must. A Bellini here is expensive (but not as expensive as at Florian), but once again, you need to do it once.
That man is not Harry. I know, I asked him.
My next suggestion is for breakfast.
There is just one problem, I can’t remember where it was. Caffe Hausbrandt is well known, but I can’t recall the street. It was somewhere between the Piazza with the winged lion
and the Rialto bridge.
If you find it, let me know, and have one of those delicious pastries for me.