Hello! I will be in Venice for three days from Sep 25th [Sat] to Sep 27th [Monday] staying at Foscari Palace in Cannaregio/Castello. I searched through Chowhound and compiled a list of recently highly recommended restaurants. I then made my choices based on the following:
(1) location and convenience to the planned activities for each day [created google maps by day]
(2) recommended meal for each restaurant [lunch or dinner]
(3) varied dining experience [traditional / modern / upscale / moderate]
With that said, below is my plan. Please let me know your thoughts!
DAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 25TH [Saturday]
FOCUS - Cannaregio and Castello Districts
LUNCH - OSTARIA DA RIOBA - i think this will be a perfect first meal in venice as there is outdoor seating by a canal. we can enjoy a traditional meal in a beautiful outdoor setting. :)
DINNER - FIASCHETTERIA TOSCANA - from all the research i've done, this restaurant seems to be a *MUST* in venice. i've already made a reservation.
DAY 2 - SEPTEMBER 26TH [Sunday]
FOCUS - Torcello/Burano [Morning] and San Marco District
LUNCH - LOCANDA CIPRIANI - i've already made a reservation for a table in the garden / terrace.
DINNER - ALLE TESTIERE OR AL COVO - i can't decide between these two for amazing seafood. i am particularly interested in ordering seafood risotto for this evening. i know these two are one of the most expensive in venice, can anyone recommend an equally good seafood restaurant but a little less pricey? if not, i am willing to splurge at either one.
DAY 3 - SEPTEMBER 27TH [Monday]
FOCUS - Dorsoduro and San Polo Districts
LUNCH - originally planned RISTORANTE RIVIERA but they are closed on Mondays. can anyone suggest an excellent cicchetti place in Dorsoduro? or should i go to LA BITTA for some meat?
DINNER - Osteria Bancogiro - last meal in Venice, so i definitely want al fresco.
Our hotel, Foscari Palace, has a great rooftop terrace with a bar, so we plan on spending at least one sunset there if not two. I am also planning a private gondala ride at sunset for one of the nights. Are there any other spots in Venice that are optimal during sunset?
Again, I still need help with:
1. Day 2 - Dinner - preferably seafood [risotto]
2. Day 3 - Lunch - cicchetti or la bitta for meat in Dorsoduro District
Do I have a good mix of restaurants? By the way, I am open to making any changes to my other choices... even the ones that are already reserved. Thanks again!