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Apr 23, 2011 08:17 AM

Venice - 2 Dinners Only - Please help!!

I will be in Venice for 2 days only and will have time for 2 dinners so your suggestions would be much appreciated! I would love a non-tourist trap that serves great italianor venetian cuisine at mid-range prices. I want to eat where the locals eat! Many thanks

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  1. Have you done a search on this board for Venice? There is a ton of information out there.

    1. My favourite trattoria in Venice is Trattoria alla Madonna near the Rialto Markets with a mix of locals and tourists and benchmark tiramisu. But if you want to dine in an area with almost no tourists and some good restaurants head for via Garibaldi in Castello sestiere, Arsenale vaporetto stop.

      1. One will rarely find "tourist trap' recommendations on this board. Couple of general comments on Venice. There are fewer and fewer Venetians left in Venice proper as most have migrated to the mainland. During the day, Venetians living in the mainland commute back to the island to work, therefore, one will more lightly eat with locals during midday. As for dinner, just about every good place depends on the tourist trade. When Venetians go out for dinner, they tend eat at their favorite neighborhood osteria. There, they eat their favorite dishes without even checking out the menu. These dishes are seldom offered to visitors. Therefore, "I want to eat where the locals eat" does not exist. At night, most diners at excellent restaurants such as Alle Testieres (all seafood), Al Covo, Fiaschetteria Toscana, etc. will be visitors. Mid-range price restaurant would be about 45euro for a 3 course meal without wine: besides those just mentioned: Boccadoro (all seafood), Bancogiro, Anice Stellato, della Marisa; a little less expensive: Alla Frasca, Vini di Gigio, La Bitta (no seafood), Al Bacareto. Da Rioba; even less expensive: ai Promessi Sposi, al Bomba, ai Tre Spiedi. High quality seafood, especially those found in the lagoons, are very expensive, therefore, don't expect great food at inexpensive places. The only area that is basically untouched by visitors is the very eastern end of Castello, around Sant Elena.
        When in Venice, eat Venetian cooking; great "Italian" cuisine does not exist there; one will find all the generic Italian dishes that are meant for the non discriminating visitors; stay away from them. Most of the above restaurants have been written about on this board; do a search and you will find information on them.

        Anice Stellato
        Cannaregio, 3272, Venezia , IT

        La Bitta
        Dorsoduro 2753A, Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Venezia 30123, IT

        Da Rioba
        Fondamenta de la Misericordia, Cannaregio, 2553, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

        Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, San Polo 122,, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

        Al Covo
        Campiello della Pescaria,Castello 3968, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

        Fiaschetteria Toscana
        Cannaregio, 5719, Venice, Veneto 30131, IT

        Campiello Widmann,Cannaregio 5405a, Venice, Veneto , IT

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        1. Antiche Carampane - the best meal we had in Venice.

          Antiche Carampane
          Venice, Venice, Veneto , IT

          1. thank you all for your suggestions!