Hidden Gems in Venice: Food Places to Try

Venice has many great restaurants, but some of the best are hidden away so you’ll need to know where they are to find them.

Cantina do Mori is about as authentically Venetian as you can get. They serve up cicchetti (small sandwiches) and local wine, which you’ll have perched at the bar or to take out. The small eatery has been around since 1462, is just off the Grand Canal and always has a buzzing atmosphere.

Osteria Al Bacco is a bit hard to find. It sits just off Canal delle Capuzine and is ideal if you’re looking for a romantic meal. You can sit outside for views over the water, grab a cosy seat inside, or take a pew in the vine-covered garden. The owner is what makes this place special, and he might get you up dancing the tango right after you’ve had your spaghetti.

For Italian food with a twist, Anice Stellato is a great place in the the Ormesini neighbourhood with pretty views of the canal. The husband and wife team that own this little gem have put together a tasty menu that features a few traditional favourites with a modern twist. The tagliatelle with zucchini flowers is a highlight, and the restaurant’s a local favourite so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Al Squero is another bacari, a tiny tavern that offers tasty bite size snacks. You can also expect to eat at the bar here, but with such amazing crostinis, it’s no trouble. It overlooks one of the city’s oldest gondola workhouses, which gives it some extra charm.

If you’d like a little history with your meal, head to Al Casin Dei Nobili. This amazing restaurant was once a brothel and still has much of the same décor as it had  in the 18th century. It may sound odd, but it’s a fascinating sight. Prices are cheap here, so it’s perfect if you’re on a budget.