Tasting the local specialties in culinary destinations like Italy makes perfect sense.  There are so many delicious food choices often it’s hard to decide.  Of course, upon visiting Venice, you must try some of their most authentic, delicious dishes.  So, in case you’re not sure where to begin, here is a list of the best dishes in Venice and popular local restaurants you need to try.

Italy is abundant in eclectic dishes. No matter where you choose to go throughout the country, you will have an entirely new dining experience.

For instance, when you head towards the lagoon, you will enjoy Venetian cuisine, and if you head towards the shores of the Adriatic Sea, you’ will experience traditional seafood dishes.

Popular Dishes In Venice

 Try the All’ Arco Restaurant for lunch

Spaghetti in Nero di Seppia

This charcoal-colored pasta looking dish is pieces of squid slow-cooked in tomato sauce. The charcoal color comes from the ink of the squid, which is added after the preparation is complete.

charcoal-colored pasta 

Sarde in Saor

Over a reduced flame, onions are cooked until they become transparent and fragrant. Pine nuts, raisins, and lastly, sardines are then mixed in with the onions to create this delightfully tasty dish.

Fritto Misto

This divine dish is simply shrimp, fishballs, and calamari, all breaded and deep-fried to perfection. Although many restaurants serve this dish, they all add their own flavors, bread topping, and touches, so don’t hesitate to try them all!

Baccala Mantecato

For hours, dried codfish is cooked until the bone is nearly dissolved. It is them creamed with oil to the most impeccable consistency. This makes a great late-night spread for bread and is even better paired with some Venetian wine.

Bigoli in salsa

Onions, anchovies, and fennel seeds are added to the sauce of this magnificent Venetian whole wheat pasta dish. This is one of Venice’s signature cuisines and a must-try!


Overfilled with cream or raisins and candied orange peel, and dipped in sugar, these delectable doughnuts are the perfect mid-day treat.


This snack entails using pieces of bread in the shape of a triangle and filling them with all sorts of delicious foods such as cheese, tomatoes, artichoke, olives, and more. The options are endless!

Moeche Fritte

These small crabs are breaded and fried whole without the shell. You will find this delicacy served at many fancy Venetian restaurants.

Fegato Alla Veneziana

This dish is a Venetian past-time. In fact, it’s a past-time for many cultures. It is liver fried up and laid over a bed of slow-cooked onions.


These vibrant colored violet artichokes are picked prematurely then boiled. You won’t even have to peel it, take a bite, and enjoy!

Eat & Drink Where the Locals Go

must try desserts in venice

fruit tart with custard and pastry shell

Italy is known for their delicious pasta and decadent desserts, and Venice is no exception. Cited as the home for many fan favorites, including the Bellini, Venice is a food lover’s dream. After indulging in a plate of risotto al nero di seppia, be sure to save room for a delectable fruit tart, gelato, or fritole, which is a fried doughnut that is popular in the region.

As you may or may not expect Venetians typically do not eat breakfast.  Their day starts with a coffee and sweet pastry.  Basically, a fritole is filled with fruit and covered in sugar.  Sounds delicious, right!

Some of the best places for breakfast are Trattoria Alla Rampa, Pasticceria Tonolo, Caffe Florian, and Caffe del Doge.

The best restaurants for lunch are:

For the best Italian ice cream, you’ll have to try Gelateria Nico

Where the best places to dine in Venice?

Likely, while you are in Venice, you will want to try culinary traditions at local restaurants.  Here is where you can meet the locals and savor the homemade deliciousness.  We have listed a few options below.

While the sites and history of Venice are what draw most people to the city, the food is certainly worth traveling for! Are you ready to indulge in some authentic and mouth-watering Italian cuisine?

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