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aperolspritzerOne of my favorite things about Venice is that there are no cars allowed.  It’s one of the few enchanted walking cities, notably quiet and blissfully stuck in the past.  Instead of taxis, there are vaporetto boats and gondolas with men in striped shirts rowing mostly tourists through the narrow canals.  Then, there’s the food, which seems to evolve around seafood of the briny sorts: Cuttlefish baked in squid ink, Steamed Spider Crabs and Scampi come immediately to mind.  There’s the oh-so-traditional Squid Ink Risotto studded with Cuttlefish, Spaghetti with Eggplant and Tomato, Ricotta Ravioli, Artichokes every which way,  fried squid, calamari and shrimp with a squirt of lemon and salt.  For dessert, there’s nougat, biscotti and the holy grail of sweets, gelato, of course.  My favorite spot and the most famous shop is Boutique Del Gelato with a killer dark chocolate variety and an even better Banana and Zabaglione flavor.

What you’ll see the most strolling around Venice is locals and tourists alike sipping on Venetian spritzers.  The most popular are the Campari spritzer, a mix of white wine, campari, sparkling water and a slice of orange.  That’s not my favorite. My favorite is the Aperol Spritzer, which swaps in aperol for campari — a terrifically refreshing, low-alcohol treat late in the afternoon.   We ate our way through the best restaurants Venice and found a few favorite restaurants you won’t want to miss during your trip…

 

Vini Da Arturo

Vini Da Arturo
Calle Degli Assassini 365
Venice,30124
39 041 5286974
Cuisine:

The chef at this tiny, Venetian trattoria prides himself on the fact that, in a city laden with fish-focused restaurants, there's no seafood whatsoever on the menu here.  Instead, chef Ernesto...

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Osteria Da Fiore

Osteria Da Fiore
3461 Calle De Le Botteghe
Venice,30124
39 041 5235310
Cuisine:

First things first, request the one, precious two-top, overlooking the canal when you book a reservation here.  It's the best table in the house by far (though we did drop our credit card into the...

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Boutique Del Gelato

Boutique Del Gelato
Salizzada S. Lio 5727
Venice,30122
Cuisine:

You can't go to Italy and not have gelato. Seriously, that's like a crime or it should be anyway.  If you happen to be in Venice, this is THE gelato shop to visit.  This teeny, standing room only...

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Osteria Alla Testiere

Osteria Alla Testiere
Calle del Mondo Novo 5801
Venice,30122
0415227220
Cuisine:

If it's fish you're after, this teeny tiny restaurant with just nine tables is a terrific spot to sample Venice's seafood traditions, albeit with a contemporary and creative touch.  In fact, the...

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Do Forni

Do Forni
San Marco 468
Venice,30122
041-52321-48
Cuisine:

This spot has been around for a long time and apparently for good reason. It serves solid Venetian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood.  Just take a look at the ice display as you enter the dining...

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L’Osteria Di Santa Marina

L’Osteria Di Santa Marina
Campo Santa Marina 5911
Venice,30122
39 041 5285239
Cuisine:

This charming restaurant takes a sophisticated, often modern approach to Venetian cooking without losing the integrity of the classics.  Take the Squid Dumplings, for example, which aren't dumplings...

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