Venice restaurant picks?
I'm looking for some good (not too touristy) recommendations for Venice. We have 2 dinners and 2-3 lunches.
So far I'm looking at:
Bentigodi di Chef Domenico (dinner)
Gato Nero (lunch)
Good picks? Any other recommendations? We are foodies (aren't we all on Chow, lol) and would love "scenic" sots (ie on the canal or coast) as well but don't want to just settle for a tourist trap. No set budget either just want good, authentic meals as representative of the region as possible (ie, again, no tourist traps if possible).
PBSF has given good recommendations. I would add to his list Fiachetteria Toscana, expensive and despite the name has the Venetian cuisine. I was at Gatte Nero two years ago. The food is fine. L'Anice Stellato is outstanding, yet very popular. Unless you will be traveling in the dead of winter outside Christmas and Carneval, make your reservations early. Last Easter Week it was impossible to get a reservation there, as well as at Al Covo, my favorite fine dining restauarant.
One can't escape tourists at most eating place in Venice. Recommendations on this board rarely are ‘tourist traps”. As for your choices of the moment: L'Anice Stellato has very good food, a few canal side tables and not over-priced for Venice. Haven't been to Gatto Nero in over 10 years, but I doubt it has change much. Fine if one must eat in Burano. And eaten at Riviera since it change ownership a few years ago. Have not eaten at Il Ridotto.
When it comes to eating places, there are no 'must dos' in Venice. My first choice would be one of the top seafood trattorie such as Antiche Carampane (outside tables but not on a canal), Alle Testiere or Boccadoro (outside table on a small quiet campo). For a menu that includes some meat/poultry, Vini da Gigio, Osteria San Marco, Al Paradiso, L’Orto dei Mori (a few canal side tables), Al Covo. Less expensive are Alla Vedova, Ai Promessi Sposi. For outside canal side seating, Bancogiro is good. For a simple lunch, would depends on where you are sightseeing. Without doubt, the Venice film festival draws a throng of additional visitors. But it is not necessary to plan now as restaurants don’t bother with reservations this far in advance.
Getting over to Gatto Nero, on Burano, may or may not be worth the time. With your short visit I think you will find plenty of options on Venice itself.
Or for a really fantastic view your could try Figlie delle Stelle on Giudecca. (a very short vap ride) I think their food is Pugliese so you may not want it but the view gorgeous and the food was great in my one visit.