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Places To Eat And Drink In Venice

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We had a great time during our trip to Venice. We have been looking at other ideas for our blog, and we decided we would like to add some kind of food and drink element. I am sure, like us, when you travel you love to eat at all the local places for snacks and meal times. Vicky does all the research for places to eat, so we avoid all the tourist traps where possible. So, without further a-do, here is our mini-guide to places to eat and drink in Venice.

Breakfast In Venice

We have stopped including breakfast options when we book our hotels and instead love to go out and grab what we can from the local coffee shops, cafes and bakeries. Venice has an abundance of incredible places to get a bite to eat on a morning.

Our hunt for a place to eat breakfast for our first morning took us to Campo San Tomà, a small square close to the Banksy artwork. We found this cute little bakery; it had no visible name outside, and unfortunately, we lost the receipt. But it is right next door to the Chiesa di San Tomà. Its window was full of tasty pastries, biscuits, and bread.

Having been to Italy before, I knew exactly what I was going to get, a delicious cannoli. Vicky chose a pistachio cream filled croissant, which she said was incredible!

Rizzo Pane Pasticceria

Another great little place for breakfast, close to our hotel, was Rizzo Pane Pasticceria. Yet another bakery full of sweet and savoury snacks. These guys had everything: deli bites, pizzas, pies, biscuits (cookies) and sandwiches. A convenient place when you are exploring.

Coffee Time

Across from Rizzo, was a small cafe bar. This is where we would grab our morning caffeine fix. There are hundreds of places like this across the city, so I am sure you will find a place that suits you during your visit. I always have espresso when in Italy, regardless of the time of day, whereas Vicky will get a cappuccino in the morning and that’s it.


If you’re a fan of Tapas, then you’ll love Cicchetti, Italy’s equivalent. There were many places offering Cicchetti, and we couldn’t wait to sit at a table and try some. We actually had to walk out of one restaurant advertising it. When we were inside and offered a table, it was nowhere to be seen. They gave us a rather expensive menu instead, so we bailed.

We found a couple of places to eat Cicchetti, and we really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Ciccheteria venexiana da Luca e Fred is on the same street as Rizzo. This small family run business had a great feel to it, very welcoming. It was full of locals, some just buzzing in and out for a small glass of what we think was wine. They asked for it, put money on the counter, drank it quick, exchanged pleasantries, then left. It was all very interesting to see. At the time of our visit, it looked like the Grandchildren were in to help too. This was nice and made it feel even more homely.

Places To Eat And Drink In Venice

Another fab place we ate at was Cip & Ciop. A small Ciccheteria, hidden away and again full of locals. The food was cheap, the Aperol spritz was great too, and again, the atmosphere was superb. Both places are close to the train station and just off the Grand Canal.

At both places, we had a selection of fried seafood, arancini with ragu and cheese fillings, small open sandwiches and pastries.

Looking For Some Good Pizza?

Pizza in Italy is something else, and each region does it slightly different. So we didn’t really know what to expect in Venice.

Vicky found a couple of places to eat, both selling Neapolitan style pizza, and I have to say, they were superb. The first of these places we would eat at would be 1000 Gourmet Venezia. Near to St Mark’s Basilica.

Here, I chose a traditional Margerita pizza and Vicky opted for Bolognese with a fried pizza base. Just look at how fantastic they are, and both were delicious!

The second time we would eat pizza would be after our visit to Doges Palace. Again, close by, was Pizzeria Trattoria Conca D’Oro. Branded as the very first pizzeria in Venice. It looked touristy, but to be honest, we were hungry, and what we saw on the plates of others made us want to try it.

I ordered a Calzone pizza and Vicky went for ham, cheese and truffle. Again, these were perfect and so tasty. My Calzone even had a fried egg hidden away inside.

Delicious Gelato

Another one of our favourite things to eat in Italy is, of course, Gelato! We already knew of a place to get it from, having had it from there before. But we couldn’t wait to find some more places.


Venchi has many branches across Italy and is famous for making their gelato using high quality, fresh ingredients. The flavours are incredible and it tastes delicious.

Gelateria Gallonetto

We found two more great places for Gelato during our trip, one in Venice and one on the island of Burano. The first, Gelateria Gallonetto is a small family run business that was started a generation or two ago and the business opened in 1985. You can find them a short distance from Campo Santo Maria Formosa.

We found the next gelateria on the island of Burano. Gelateria Crema is located Calle della Provvidenza. This place has great reviews too, and also comes highly recommended by us.

More Sweet Treats And Places To Eat And Drink In Venice

If you are looking for more sweet treats, then again, you are in the right place. If, like Jason, you have a huge sweet tooth, then you will look to get your fix at every opportunity. Bakery windows were full of cannoli, pastries and biscuits, cookies to you Americans. They were all shapes and sizes, chocolate covered, jam filled and adorned with nuts of many varieties.

Evening Meals

We found a great little place close to our hotel called Trattotia Da Mimmo; it was brightly lit, with a modern decor, but full of locals, that’s when you know the food is good.

The ravioli and the lasagne were absolutely delicious. Best of all, it was all reasonably priced. No bells and whistles, no extras on the plate to fill it up and make it look presentable, just good old-fashioned Italian specialities.

When In Italy, Drink A Spritz

Ok, now we know Aperol spritz isn’t for everyone. Are you a fan? We absolutely love them, and we had one at pretty much every place we ate. A refreshing drink when exploring during the day, or nice to relax to in the evening with a dish of tasty nibbles, usually brought to you for free in some establishments.

We really enjoyed sharing our favourite places to eat and drink in Venice with you. We hope to add more posts like this soon. If you have a favourite place to eat in Venice, why not let us know? We would love to hear about your favourite spots and experiences, send us a tweet.

More Ideas For The Foodie In You

Venice: Prosecco and wine tasting tour. Explore the wine-growing area of the Veneto region, renowned for its beauty and Prosecco. Visit 2 wineries and enjoy a light lunch with local products.

Take on a cooking class in Venice. Your chef, Carolyn, will share her passion for Italian food with you. She only prepares meals with high quality, locally-sourced ingredients. The class will take place in her lovely house in the heart of Venice.

Learn how to make pasta and tiramisu. Immerse yourself in a private pasta and tiramisu making class in a welcoming home. Learn the secrets of the region’s most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu and taste the fruit of your labor for lunch or dinner accompanied by local wines.

Food and wine tour with cicchetti tasting. Try the famous tapas-style Cicchetti dishes, sip on Italian wines and traditional drinks, and learn about Venice’s unique culinary traditions on a guided food and wine tour.

Buon Appetito

Venice is a foodies paradise. Just remember, avoid the tourist traps, do some research, and you can’t go wrong. We were told that the city was quite expensive, but we honestly never found it to be.

We will leave you with one more photo to tease your taste buds. These aren’t just cannoli, these are super cannoli.

Until next time.

Places To Eat And Drink In Venice


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