Unfortunately, we were not able to try any of the great restaurants in
Venice, as they all required reservations. I have heard wonderful things
about Alla Zucca and Al Covo, but both were full up soon after
Restaurants in Venice open after 7pm, contrary to the rumor that Venice
closes early. Many restaurants line the lagoonside, near Piazza San
Marco. There are also trattorias scattered around all of the sestieres
and on some of the islands. We did enjoy Alle Bucco on Murano, open only
for lunch. Venice is famous for fish and seafood, but most
restaurants offer pizza. Pizza is often cheaper than ordering a full
meal, which generally includes an antipasto, primo, and secondo. Also
traditional is following the meal with a coffee or digestive, usually
expresso (the small black one) or grappa (a grape-based liqueur). I
really enjoyed a small glass of Limoncello after my meal. That
combined with the traditional sparkling Prosecco led to a few wobbly
walks back to the hotel.
Other options for food include standup and takeaway. Both of these
options are more traditional and cheaper than taking a seat. For
breakfast, you can order the traditional cappuccino and pastry at a cafe.
For lunch, there are sandwich shops that will heat up your sandwich. This
is much cheaper than going to a restaurant, especially in the vicinity of
San Marco. One of the best sandwiches we tried contained prosciutto crudo
and thick squares of brie.