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Venice and Milan over Easter Weekend: Restaurant Planning Advice

wenhaines14 | Feb 12, 201712:16 PM

Hi everyone, I've been diligently reading many back posts but figured I'd reach out for some specific questions. My husband and 5 year old son and I will be spending 8 days in Northern Italy in April. We'll be flying in and/out of Milan and staying in Venice the Thursday before Easter through the morning of Easter Sunday. In Venice, we're staying at a B&B in the Santa Croce (close to Natural History Museum). We have no set agenda (except a visit to St. Marks Basilica) while in Venice except to wander, see the Rialto Market in action, and likely take a trip on our own to Burano or Murano. Given we have a little person with us, I want to find restaurants that are child friendly but also walkable enough from our hotel in the later evening. Our son is used to eating out and traveling and will do fine with a simple pasta or very simple fish.

We're ultimately choosing food locations for grown-up tastes and expectations (we're from NYC) with the promise of daily gelato for our boy so long as he tries something new. We both love seafood and prefer more casual dining experiences so long as the food is top notch. We're also easily charmed by the truly local where no one speaks english (sometimes that charm can out-rank the food). Here's what we're thinking so far: Anice Stellato, Da Alberto, Alla Rampa, Antiche Carampane and maybe La Zucca (although I read mixed reviews). I know Anice Stellato is a bit far so am afraid of pushing for dinner there but could be convinced if it's worth it. Thoughts on this early list? Enough variety? And any advice on whether I should make reservations in advance at these places given we'll likely show up at the start of dinner (7:15/7:30)? I don't want to be out of options with a grumpy kid given we're in Venice during the busy Easter weekend but was hoping for some flexibility in case we end up far from these places given our daily wanders.

Two more questions:
1. Is it possible to do cichetti somewhere without it turning into a frustrating experience for our son? We love eating tapas style (our favorite thing when we traveled to Spain or when we're at home creating random spreads for ourselves). However, I've read that most of the cichetti places are stand-up only which makes me a bit nervous and our son will be restless without a seat to anchor him...If so - any specific recommendation(s) that might work here?

2. Milan specific question: any recommendations for Easter Sunday dinner? I know most restaurants don't have Sunday opening times. We're hoping to do Ratana when we first arrive but would like to make a reservation now for Easter Sunday. I'm having trouble finding places that are open...I see that Spazio is available but am worried it will be mediocre.

Sorry for the long, meandering post. Appreciate any help or advice! We're super excited for our first trip as a family to Venice and this board has been helpful to date!

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