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Food Lover's Guide to Venice

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Food Lover's Guide to Venice
Venice is for lovers, but with a wealth of classic seafood-centric dishes, Venice is also for lovers of good food. From the Rialto market fishmongers hawking the catch of the day to the canal-side tables of the city’s finest restaurants, the lagoon is at the heart of Venetian cuisine. Here’s are a few ways to sample Venice’s best food.

Must-Try Dishes
To eat like a Venetian, you need to stop in a local bàcaro, or small neighborhood cafe, to choose from a selection of chicchetti, tiny appetizer-like dishes washed down with a small glass of wine, known locally as an ombra. Classic cicchetti include simple fritti (fried vegetable or seafood tempura) and crostini (slices of bread topped with meat or fish paté, cheese, or a compilation like anchovies and artichokes); meat-based polpette (pork meatballs), rumegal (veal stomach), and fegato alla veneziana (calf liver dressed with onion and parsley); and seafood favorites such as sarde in saor (sardines and onions marinated in vinegar and tossed with raisins and pine nuts), baccalà mantecato (creamed cod served over a slice of polenta), baccalà Vicentina (a creamy spread of cod, anchovies, and onions), moleche (small fried crabs), and moscardini (tiny octopus) and polenta.

Venice’s bàcari are small cafes with very little seating, so diners usually stand among the lively happy-hour crowd spilling out into the street or squeeze in at the outdoor tables. For more formal—and filling—fare, opt for a traditional restaurant serving Venice’s classic primi (first courses), including risotto al nero di seppia (tinged black with briny squid ink), risi e bisi (Venetian-style rice and peas), or bigoli in salsa (long pasta tossed with sardines and onions).

Must-Do Experiences
  • Browse the fishmongers’ stalls on a morning tour of the historic Rialto fish market and discover the wealth of seafood in the Venetian lagoon.
  • Try the Venetian take on Spanish tapas with a cicchetti tour. This beloved street food is a staple in Venice, and neighborhoods including the Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio are thick with traditional bàcari.
  • Sit down for a more elegant repast at one of Venice’s landmark fine-dining restaurants to sample the city’s most storied rice and pasta dishes, paired with prestigious wines from the surrounding Veneto region. For an unforgettable evening, pair a gondola ride through the city’s iconic canals with a gala dinner. 
  • Locals don’t spend every evening at a bàcaro or gourmet restaurant, of course. Experience how Venetian families dine by booking a traditional home dinner prepared by a local chef.
  • Head out of town for the day to explore the surrounding wine country with a day trip to Valpolicella, Bassano di Grappa, and Asolo. Taste some of the most prized labels from Veneto, paired with local cheeses and other delicacies.
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Eat Like a Local: 3-hour Venice Small-Group Food Tasting Walking TourWine Tastings

Eat Like a Local: 3-hour Venice Small-Group Food Tasting Walking Tour

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There’s much more to Italian food than pizza and pasta, and this Venice tasting tour offers a delicious introduction to Venetian cuisine. Get an insider’s perspective on where to drink and dine in the city, and sample an array of local specialties including fresh seafood, homemade gelato, traditional Venetian cookies, and regional wines.
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Small Group Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and WineDining Experiences

Small Group Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

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Taste your way through the backstreet bars of Venice on this delicious food and wine tour. Follow your local guide to different ‘enotecas’ (wine bars) to discover where local Venetians go to drink and mingle. At each stop, sample regional wines and Prosecco served alongside plates of the popular Venetian appetizers called ‘cicchetti.’ Group size is limited to 12 to ensure a personalized experience.
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Eat, drink and repeat: Wine tasting tour in VeniceWine Tastings

Eat, drink and repeat: Wine tasting tour in Venice

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Venice is more than an open-air museum, it’s also a world-renowned gastronomy hub. Discover the full-flavored wines of Veneto during this insider’s wine crawl, which features six different labels in six different bars or restaurants. Enjoy tasty food pairings along the way from fresh regional ingredients, as you learn how to eat—and more importantly, drink—like a true Venetian local.
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Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!Dining Experiences

Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!

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Eat and drink your way through one of Venice’s most distinctive neighborhoods on a walking food tour through the Cannaregio district, also known as the former Jewish ghetto. Learn about the area’s rich history and culture from a local guide as you stroll through its narrow winding streets, stopping to sample some of the best and most authentic delicacies around, from traditional kosher dishes and wine to creamy risotto and fresh-baked goods. Buon appetito!
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Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of VeniceWine Tastings

Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice

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Enjoy a real taste of Venice on a tantalizing lunchtime tour of the Rialto Market and discover the city’s impressive culinary credentials. Follow your guide on a tour of Venice’s foodie hotspots, browse the fresh produce at the city’s famous markets, and tuck into traditional cicchetti (Venetian tapas) at a local inn. Finally, sample fine regional wines and prosecco at the city’s legendary Bacari bars, then leave armed with plenty of recommendations for where to shop and dine in the city.
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Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market VisitWalking Tours

Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market Visit

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Taste your way through the canal city on a street food tour of Venice. Walk through gorgeous squares, see impressive churches, and visit the bustling Rialto Market. See Campo Santa Margherita, the Grand Canal, Basilica dei Frari, San Polo, and much more. Savor Venetian specialties like cicchetti, buranelli, tramezzini, and tiramisu.
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Authentic Venice Evening Food Tour in CannaregioWalking Tours

Authentic Venice Evening Food Tour in Cannaregio

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Learn what sets in Venetian cuisine apart from the rest of Italy on an indulgent food and wine walking tour in Venice. Drink prosecco for breakfast, discover the beloved small bites known as ‘cicchetti,’ hunt down the best gelato in town, and pop into some of the island's best ‘bacari,’ or wine bars, on a sensory journey led by a foodie guide. Round out delicious tastings with a hearty pasta lunch and a short gondola ride across the Grand Canal for an authentic Venetian experience.
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Semi-Private Prosecco Wine, Charming villages and Palladian Villa Day Tour Day Trips

Semi-Private Prosecco Wine, Charming villages and Palladian Villa Day Tour

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Get a taste for the hill towns near Venice with this small-group tour of Veneto. Wander the charming medieval streets and gardens of Asolo and Bassano del Grappa, and visit the well-preserved Villa Barbaro, designed by the famous Renaissance architect Palladio. Savor Veneto cuisine at a local restaurant, and toast your trip with a bubbly glass of prosecco at a vineyard tasting. Numbers are limited to 8 people to ensure an intimate, personalized experience.
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Four-course Food & Wine Pairing Elegant Dinner in VeniceDining Experiences

Four-course Food & Wine Pairing Elegant Dinner in Venice

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Taste the flavors of Venice with this gourmet four-course dinner complete with wine pairings! Settle in at a top-rated restaurant in the heart of Venice and relax among a romantic atmosphere. Start your meal off with a local aperitif, and then savor four expertly prepared courses that highlight the unique flavors of Venetian cuisine. A professional sommelier will be on hand to guide you through the wine list featuring Veneto varietals and help you choose pairings to complement each course.
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Private Half Day Wine Tasting tour: Road Of The DogesWine Tastings

Private Half Day Wine Tasting tour: Road Of The Doges

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Discover the wines of Italy’s Veneto region on a private half-day trip to a historic winery housed in a 17th-century villa. Travel in a comfortable Mercedes minivan from Venice to a beautiful setting of rolling vineyards and charming gardens. Learn about the long winemaking history of Veneto, which dates back to the Roman Empire, and tour the grounds and barrel rooms of a family-run winery. Taste several different Veneto varietals served with house-made appetizers. 
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Valpolicella Day Trip from Venice: Wine Tasting and VeronaDay Trips

Valpolicella Day Trip from Venice: Wine Tasting and Verona

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Escape to the beautiful winemaking valley of Valpolicella on this small-group tour from Venice. Drive through rolling vineyards and stop in at a winery to taste a selection of distinctive regional wines. See an altar that dates back to the 8th century at the Church of San Giorgio, and enjoy leisure time to wander the streets of Verona — a town made famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Group numbers are limited to eight people to ensure a personalized experience.
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Gondola and Dinner in a Venetian PalacePrivate and Luxury

Gondola and Dinner in a Venetian Palace

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Feel like Venetian nobility for the night with an evening gondola ride followed by a private, gourmet dinner at a historic palazzo. Soak up the enchantment of the Floating City’s waterways from aboard a classic Venetian gondola, and then step ashore at a mansion overlooking the Grand Canal. Settle into an elegant private dining salon appointed with historic furnishings, where you and your special someone will savor a delicious, 3-course meal of regional cuisine.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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