Buon Appetito! – Top 5 restaurants in Venice, Italy

Restaurants in VeniceWhether you’re looking for a romantic candle-lit meal for two, a spot for your family to refuel after a long day of sightseeing, or a business lunch, Venice has a superb array of restaurants serving excellent quality cuisine made from the finest fresh ingredients. Here are five top restaurants in Venice:

Alle Testiere Restaurant: Venice is well-known for its fish markets, and at Alle Testiere Restaurant, in Calle del Mondo Novo, which is within easy reach of St Mark’s Square, they use the fruits of the sea to create some lovely dishes in an intimate atmosphere. Book ahead as it’s a small restaurant.

Riviera Restaurant: Fancy a romantic lunch or dinner with a view? Riviera is ideal – its location by the Venice Lido means you can dine al fresco and look out across the water while enjoying some good food. The sea bass baked in salt comes highly recommended, although there’s a good choice of other dishes, and there’s an excellent wine selection, plus friendly, attentive service.

Antico Forno: If you’re looking for perfect pizza and pasta at a good price, this eatery near the Rialto Bridge hits the mark. Fresh food is served quickly by the restaurant’s friendly team – they may well make the best pizza in Venice. The deep crust variety is highly recommended, as is the seafood spaghetti.

Bacaromi: If you’re out on the island of Giudecca, head to the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel’s new Venetian restaurant, Bacaromi. It offers both innovative and traditional cuisine – think swordfish and gnocchi, or black squid ink pasta and ravioli stuffed with zucchini flowers. You can also enjoy some cicchetti (small snacks) with a glass of wine while taking in the fantastic views across the water.

Il Ridotto: Located a short distance from St Mark’s Square, Il Ridotto offers Venetian cuisine, made with top quality, seasonal, local ingredients from both land and sea. A highly inventive menu features such dishes as “Roasted pilgrim scallops, carrot purée and smoked black tea”, “Black spaghetti, sea-urchins, Friggitelli peppers and candied peppers”, and “Suckling pig with green apple and raspberries”.

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