One of the truly best places we experienced in our eating tour of Italy was Trattoria Da Remigio in Venice. This is a local hangout in the Castello district. It seemed that each customer knew either of the two owners and all seemed to be regulars. For Venice, the prices were reasonable, too.
There was a wide variety of fresh fish, shell fish including lobsters, first brought to the table live, then split, beautifully seasoned and broiled. They had all sorts of great pasta and meat entrees, too. It was all good. And, the homemade desserts were exceptional.
This was a Hound recommendation and once again it was right on the $$. Thanks for posting on a great place.
We had a real good pizza at Anitica Sacrestia. This, too, was a Hound recommendation. Different from what we would eventually find in Rome, but still very, very good.
And finally, another Hound recommendation we liked, if you are in the area of the Academia, was Hostaria E. Masaniello. A bit more pricy than Da Remigio but that might have been because of the neighborhood.
After comparing with Florence and Rome, we found Venice eateries to be a bit more expensive, but they were still within reason.
If you get a chance, go visit the Rialto Market - what an incredible display of fish, produce and meats. You could spend half a day just watching these purveyors do their thing. Not a trace of fish smell in the open air market - that's how fresh the fish is. And what varieties. Just amazing. And to see the Italian women arguing with these guys about what cuts they wanted, etc. was great.