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We're going to Venice for 8 days - leaving tomorrow - and we're looking for the best off-the-beaten-track restaurants, cafes, etc. The Venice Biennale is on, so the city will be mobbed - are there any out-of-the-way spots that have something special? Any recommendations?

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  1. We were there last week and it was pretty much over-run with tourists, though outside the center there aren't so many. If you have 8 days, you have plenty of time to experience it all. Our favorite meal was at Il Ridotto, about which you'll see much written on this board.

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    1. re: roxlet

      Our favorite meal was also at Il Ridotto - wonderful flavors, well presented and good service. Also a decent wine list. Be sure to make a reservation particularly if you are visiting at a busy time.

    2. a good time to hit the remote locations - Trattoria Santa Elena - is a humble and inexpensive place on the square in the Santa Elena Quarter, by the football stadium. dai Tosi, hearby is very good, but thats maybe too near the Bienniale - So head to the other end of Venice, Cannareggio and Dorsoduro. Why not check out Dalla Marisa - all the way at the end of the Cannareggio canal, and alla fontana, closer in, or one of the restaurants on the quiet back canals -there is Anice Stellato and a cpl of others nearby. You can go over to Giudecca too, Mistra and Altanella (havent visited either yet) are both over there and must get less tourist traffic.

      This the time to make trips to the islands - a day trip down to Chioggia - which goes by boats and buses through the lagoon - would be fun and there are several esteemed restaurants out there. There are other remote islands in the lagoon where you could go for a leisurely lunch as well. Ill try to find the old posts on this.

      here is one re the Lido http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/544417
      ca'vignotto on the island of san erasmo http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/e...
      more offsites http://www.bendweekly.com/pdf_version...

      Finallly, you may want to take a day trip to the mainland - many interesting day trips to the interesting cities of the Veneto, ex. Padova, Treviso, Verona,, Vicenzo even Ferrarra or Mantova.

      Hope its not too hot!