It’s a new year, and I hope you have some new travel goals. If you are considering a trip to Italy, I highly recommend checking out the Veneto region which includes Venice, Verona, and Padua. This northeastern area of Italy is known for its canals, Gothic architecture, the Dolomite mountains and beautiful Lake Garda. While there are many fabulous sights to see in the Veneto, you will also want to enjoy the fabulous food of this region. Can you say risotto? I just know you can! Below are my suggestions for Veneto Restaurants and Bars You Should Visit. Grab your rail pass and ferry tickets and follow me!
Ah, Venezia! It’s one of the most romantic cities in the world and you can navigate it without a car. Water taxis (vaporetto), gondolas, private boats and old-fashioned foot power are your means of exploring Italy’s city on the Adriatic Sea. Below are just a few of the best Veneto restaurants and bars to visit in Venice.
Da Luca e Fred is an amazing cicchetteria (Italian tapas bar) in the Cannaregio region in Venice. I could have easily eaten here every day but
I really needed to explore other neighborhoods. This spot is very popular with locals and it is often missed by tourists which is a great thing, Cicchetti includes fried, grilled and sauteed snacks, pasta, and delicious, affordable prosecco. Don’t forget to have a traditional Aperol Spritz while you’re here!
(Rio Terà San Leonardo, 1518, 30121 Sestiere Cannaregio VE, Italy)
La Zucca, near Campo San Polo, is an elegant and cozy Venetian restaurant serving seasonal dishes with a vegetarian focus. I enjoyed a beautiful plate of tagliatelle with a duck ragu, pasta with gorgonzola and pine nuts, and lovely semifreddo with sambuca-raspberry sauce.
Antica Besseta is one of the romantic Veneto restaurants and bars which you should definitely
check out. It is near a tiny canal bridge and it offers fantastic seafood. I tried their taglionini with zucchini shrimp, herbs and a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil. Antica Besseta has wonderful desserts such as tiramisu, pannacotta with raspberry sauce and one of the best lemon tarts I’ve had anywhere. You may notice large jars of raisins soaked in grappa and brandy around the restaurant and I recommend that you try them. Since they pack a punch, be careful standing up after you eat them.
Hotel Danieli is a quintessential point of interest in Venice. It is a super luxurious hotel and a
landmark in Venice. The famous and well-heeled have always stayed here but even if you
Da Romano is one of the legendary Veneto restaurants and bars you need to visit in the quaint fishing village, Burano. You can arrive here by vaporetto or speedboat. There are plenty of seafood choices at Da Romano but the world famous risotto is the way to go. It is rivaled only by the beauty of this vibrant, painted Italian island.
(Via Baldassarre Galuppi, 221, 30142 Burano,Venezia VE, Italy)
Verona, home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is a medieval, walled city which is very easy to explore by foot or the local buses and trams. You can reach it easily by train from Venice. Hop a ride to the following extraordinary restaurant while you take in some sightseeing.
Locanda di Castelvecchio is a truly decadent dining experience located across the street from Museo Castelvecchio, a real medieval castle. If you are visiting the Arena, Piazza Erbe or Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta), this restaurant is a must-do. Save your appetite before eating here. The menu offers genuine Veronese cuisine, such as freshly made tagliatelle with a selection of sauces, extensive selection of roasted or boiled meats in traditional sauces served on a trolley, plus homemade desserts.
(Corso Castelvecchio, 21/A, 37100 Verona VR, Italy)
This medieval town in the Veneto is also easy to reach by train from Venice or Verona. Here’s where to find some great eats.
Caffe Pedrocchi has been a famous meeting place for students and intellectuals since the 18th century. It’s built like a temple and it has a museum on the second floor. Whether you stop by for a cappuccino, pastry, a meal or cocktails, this place is the heartbeat of Padua. Many special events are held here.
(Via VIII Febbraio, 15, 35122 Padova PD, Italy)
There you have it, my fellow foodies! My culinary tour of Veneto Restaurants and Bars. I covered a lot of territory and different neighborhoods during my stay and it was mighty tasty. I cannot say enough good things about it Read more about the great sights I visited on this solo Veneto vacation.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to ditch the car and take the local rails, vaporetti, ferries, trams, and buses to the above-referenced Veneto restaurants and bars. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!