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Venice in April for 7 nights

OliverB | | Aug 4, 2014 08:59 AM

I know these topics have been done to death, but my questions are a bit more specific. I've filtered through many old threads and read countless posts, and I've come up with a list which I would greatly appreciate your assistance in refining. I'll explain the criteria.

First and foremost, while my wife and I have travelled all over Italy, we've never been to Venice before, so this will be our first experience in the city. We aren't interested in Michelin dining or white tablecloths. I am particularly drawn to old and long-established dining fixtures, as they often best reflect the cultural traditions of a city. I understand that some might be more 'touristy' than others, playing the historic angle over quality, but this is where I would greatly value your opinions and feedback. As you can see from the following list, I've mostly focussed on traditional, rustic trattorias and osterias.

We will be spending a total of 7 nights in the city, staying at the Gritti. I would like to know which of the following restaurants rate highly against others; which are better choices for lunch vs. dinner; which are better choices for apertivos vs. proper meals; which are less tourist driven and most charming at certain times of the day (ie. best for drinks at night); which offer intimate/romantic ambiance; which are to be avoided altogether!

Focus should primarily be directed towards the quality of ingredients and dexterity of the kitchen; we aren't necessarily interested in the most creative or innovative preparations, but on exquisitely prepared classics. I should also note (if it isn't plainly evident by my list) that ambiance plays a major factor in our enjoyment of a restaurant, and we are specifically seeking old world charm throughout this trip. While this position won't likely be endorsed by the CH community: we'll sacrifice a potentially great meal (which can be had at home in San Francisco) for great ambiance, so long as the food is enjoyable and competently prepared. In other words, we're ideally seeking out the best traditional restaurants of Venice, with atmosphere to spare!

Please let me know if there are any noteworthy or historic trattorias, pasticcerias, or other places that I might have overlooked. Lastly, where we eat will surely be dictated (at least on certain days) by where we chose to spend our time sightseeing, so please help me to refine this list to maximize good eating for a week in Venice. I would like to be able to referance this list for alternate meal options based on where we'll be and what we'll be doing; not just to check off the top ten choices.



• Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi

• Do Spade

• Cantina Cantina Do Mori

• Osteria All'Arco

• Osteria Al Mercà

• Ostaria Antico Dolo

• La Cantina

• Osteria La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi

• Osteria da Alberto

• Osteria Al Bacareto

• Osteria Alle Botteghe

• Osteria ai Assassini

• Ostaria ai 4 Feri

• Osteria Antica Adelaide

• Alle Testiere Osteria Con Cucina

• Trattoria Cà D'Oro Alla Vedova

• Trattoria da Fiore

• Il Réfolo

• Trattoria da Remigio

• Trattoria alla Madonna

• Antica Trattoria Poste Vecie

• Casin dei Noboli

• Vini da Gigio

• Ristorante La Bitta

• Ristorante Al Covo

• Al Paradiso

• Antiche Carampane

• Fiaschetteria Toscana

• Club del Doge, The Gritti Palace

• L’Alcova Restaurant, Ca'Sagredo

• Canova Restaurant, Luna Hotel Baglioni

• Caffè Florian

• Bar Dandolo, Hotel Danieli

• Bar Terrazza Danieli, Hotel Danieli

• Bar Longhi, The Gritti Palace

• Bar L'Incontro, Ca'Sagredo

• Caffè Baglioni, Luna Hotel Baglioni

• Taverna del Campiello Remer

• Al Chioschetto

• Pasticceria Rizzardini

• Pasticceria Rosa Salva

• Pasticceria Da Bonifacio

• Gelateria il Doge

• La Boutique del Gelato

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