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Dining out in Venice

Italy is famous for nothing if not its food surely, loved the world over and rightly so. Many famous dishes and styles originate here, from many different regions from north to south. Venice however is slightly different in that although there are certainly good restaurants, pizzerias and bar/eateries to be found, prices and quality can certainly vary with the city catering for many more tourists than locals on a daily basis.

It is perhaps not too surprising that the areas around the main sights and heavily congested areas are among the most expensive, sometimes exorbitantly so, in the city. It usually pays to do your homework and/or get a recommendation in order to get value for money although that’s not to say all places are like this and Venice has many genuine excellent prime, reasonable and budget eating places. However, bear in mind it can also be more expensive to sit outside than in, so check beforehand.

A good guide as to what’s value for money can also be noticing a place where the locals can be seen enjoying a meal. The Venetians have to eat too of course and not all places are designed for the tourist €uro. It is relatively simple to grab a light bite in a small osteria or bacaro (traditional bar/restaurant style) where either a small table or a bar stool is the setting for a pleasant snack and glass of wine.

Venice’ culinary contribution to the country may be sneered upon by its fellow Italians but it does have a long standing tradition around seafood, meat and vegetables, and like any other Italian city, pasta and pizza are easy to come by.

Did you Know?!?

Unlike most major cities these days, Venice has no restaurant specifically catering for vegetarians. That said, many offer a meat-free dish or two, and with seasonal vegetables depended upon, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find somewhere.

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