Where do the Locals Eat in Venice, Italy? 5 hints
One of the most exciting things about visiting the beautiful city of Venice is the opportunity to try all kinds of mouthwatering Venetian cuisine. Dishes like cuttlefish risotto and tiramisu are waiting to tempt your tastebuds, but with so many restaurants to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to eat in Venice. That’s why we’ve compiled a few of our favourite Venetian restaurants so that you can dine like a true local when you’re here.
1. Trattoria alla Rampa
Tucked away on the Via Garibaldi in Venice’s Castello district, and marked out by a hand-painted sign, Trattoria alla Rampa is a real locals’ favourite. From 12 – 12.45pm, just €13 will get you the popular and constantly changing “worker’s menu”: a pasta dish, main course, wine and coffee, with favourites here including squid ink pasta, ‘risi e bisi’ (a Venetian dish of rice and peas) and tiramisu (said to have been invented in Venice). This quaint establishment starts early – 5am – just as the local working men who eat here do, but it closes at 3pm and doesn’t open on Sunday. Contact Trattoria alla Rampa on +39 041 528 5365.
2. Ristorante dalla Marisa
Head north into the Cannaregio district and you’ll find Ristorante dalla Marisa, a tiny restaurant with no menu that serves different dishes each day. Because the restaurant uses whatever ingredients are available at the time, it’s a great way to sample some home-style Venetian cuisine – and you never know what dishes you’re going to end up enjoying. It’s open for lunch everyday (sample the set menu for €15), and for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. You can contact Ristorante dalla Marisa on +39 041 720211.
3. Osteria da Alberto
Another Cannaregio classic, you’ll find Osteria da Alberto between Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Campo San Giovanni e Paolo. Serving up Venetian favourites such as squid ink spaghetti made from fresh local ingredients, and at reasonable prices (around €30-40 for a meal), this lively restaurant has been going since the 1920s. Tuck into a tasty lunch, sip wine with some classic cicheti (Venetian tapas) or linger over dinner. You can call them on +39 041 523 8153.
4. Rosticceria Gislon
Perfect for lunch on the go when you’re busy exploring and wondering where to eat in Venice, Rosticceria Gislon near the Rialto Bridge is famous for serving up a delicious street food called mozzarella in carrozza – a sort of fried sandwich with oodles of mozzarella cheese and sometimes other ingredients. At just €1.90, it’s little wonder it’s so popular with locals and tourists alike. They’re open all day until 9.30pm, and you can contact them on +39 041 522 3569.
5. Ristorante da Ivo
Specialising in Venetian and Tuscan favourites, Ristorante da Ivo on Calle dei Fuseri near San Marco is open at lunch and dinner serving classic dishes such as spaghetti with clams, seafood risotto and cuttlefish cooked in ink sauce. This canal-side restaurant was the choice of George Clooney on the night before his wedding, and it’s pricier than the other eateries on this list – around €150 for a meal for two – making it a great choice for a romantic dinner with someone special. Book a table online or call on +39 041 528 5004.
If you started this post wondering, “where do the locals eat in Venice, Italy?”, you’ll hopefully now have a good starting point for planning your day trip to Venice and eating your way around. Buon appetito!