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One meal in Venice in early March

gastronaut | Feb 12, 201605:25 PM


I'll be visiting Venice in early March, arriving late on a Saturday, and departing Venice in the wee hours on Tuesday, to attend a conference in Trento.

I've mapped out many of the places mentioned and endorsed on CH.

When I arrive on Saturday, I plan to grab something close to the rental where I'll be staying (close to the San Stae vaporetto stop) - possibly La Zucca or Il Refolo for pizza.

Unfortunately for me, many places will be closed on Sunday (bacari and restaurants alike, I presume). I've already made reservations for Anice Stellato for Sunday night. Fortunately for me, as PBSF has stated:

"[Venice] is not a world class eating city. And chances of getting a bad meal can be quite high... it is an expensive city to dine out".

Therefore, I need not worry about missing out on good eats too much, but I do want what I eat to be good, and to not spend good money on food that isn't. I tend to eat only medium sized two meals and one light snack a day. Unless there is Gelato involved, and then I develop a hollow leg (I plan to eat at every Gelato place I have listed).

My Sunday morning plans include waking before dawn, grabbing breakfast at Gilda Vio, and circumabulating Venice on foot through Dorsoduro, San Marco, Carranegio, and back to Santa Croce. I'll spend some hours back at the rental, to catch up on work.

A little before dusk, I plan to venture out again, and as mentioned, will have dinner at Anice Stellato with two colleagues.

Monday, I also plan to wake before dawn and take a long stroll, stopping at Tonolo for breakfast. I was really looking forward to seafood lunch, but alle Testiere, Antiche Carampane, and Corto Sconta will all be closed. I may stop in again on Thursday evening on my way back from Trento (I fly out from Venice Friday morning), just to try one of these places.

The questions I have are:

1) Will bacari be open on Monday? If so, I will do a bacari crawl for either early lunch, or later, for dinner.

2) Tipping. What is the customary amount and are there any tipping conventions to know about, or is it fairly similar to the US? Is it the same in every place (i.e. 15%-20% whether you're standing at a bacari or you're having a nice sit-down meal)?

3) Will the Rialto Market be open on a Sunday? I think probably no given religious custom.

4) What should my one other meal be, assuming I may never return to Venice again? FT seems too obvious. I'm not interested in "fancy" places like Harry's or Cip. I'm more inclined to visit a place like Casa Mia, but then again I can some of the most excellent pizza in the world close to where I live. Wine is not a criteria, as I hardly ever drink (I'm excited for chinotto and aranciata whenever the mood strikes). What then? One of the many mid-scale trattorie I have listed? Let fate decide?

I look forward to your suggestions.


According to a part-time resident of Venice, with high (but not pretentious) standards: "[Venice] is not a world class eating city. And chances of...
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