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.