In the Rialto market-square, this is a place to eat standing in the street. It serves excellent tapas, along with a varied wine list at very good prices, taking into account how expensive it is to eat in Venice. It is a very good place to stop by and rest and warm up a bit with some wine, especially in winter. Mmmmmmm!
It's a kind of bar-restaurant, pretty unromantic as it is in an alley near some loading docks. There's a small terrace and they serve menus which are very well-priced for Venice, although the drinks are expensive, like everywhere. But the highlight of this wonderful place are the large selection of chocolates you can try: white chocolate with hazelnut or almonds, black chocolate, and many more. It really worth sitting even just a little while to try one of their candies!
Trattoria Storica serves up totally authentic and homemade Venetian food at a great price, something nearly impossible to find in most Venetian restaurants. The dishes are hearty and delicious, and the 12-euro menu (excluding drinks) is wonderful. In a city as expensive as Venice, it's worth seeking out!
We went to Verona this summer and dined in Arena Wine Food & Coffee. This is an Italian restaurant with an outdoor terrace. The balcony is small and is next to the road, so it's not very quiet but it's okay. They have a large variety of pizzas as well as many types of pasta, chicken and more. Everything was good and the price was okay. Not in the center but is reached in 10-15 minutes walking.
You can find this place in the heart of Venice, offering very good Italian food - somewhat expensive, but then again, this is Venice ... great risotto, and the liver with onion is delicious ... you can eat for about 25 €.
The place is beautiful, in the centre of Vicenza, 200 metres from the Basilica Palladiana. Very cozy, historic and renovated. Here you can enjoy fresh fish, raw and hot seafood ... absolutely delicious, and all accompanied by good wine. The pizza is made with soy bean paste, so it's lighter, and easier to digest.
The place is large and welcoming with shelves of good gastronomic regional products. There are several tables where you can taste the dishes prepared in the kitchen. The menu ranges from Venetian cuisine to pizza prepared with polenta flour. They have sought the perfect lighting and decor, with hanger trees, plates on the walls, brightly painted walls, tin boxes and milk barrels to increase space.
Recently renovated, this simple trattoria in one of the streets near the cathedral, is a combination of quality and friendliness. The young owners have chosen a vintage music theme to decorate the place, that has a few comfortable tables in two rooms that are perfect for a lunch with friends. The place fills up quickly, so make sure you book. The menu offers delicious, but few, dishes: there are only a couple of starters and numerous sandwiches and snacks. It also has a couple of vegetarian and vegan dishes. A nice place to go.
Verona is a great spot for a weekend visit, not because there is little to do but because it is very well connected to Spain with direct flights to and from Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, and it is a splendid get-away for just a weekend. In fact, our visit to Verona was only over a weekend, but it gave us enough time to pop over to Venice as well. Although we had already heard great things about Venice, we later found out that it is actually one of the most attractive, beautiful and interesting cities in all of Italy. We only stayed for enough time to explore Lago di Garda, located about 30 kilometers west of the city, so we have the perfect excuse to go back soon! As we are true lovers of Italian cuisine, we almost make a point during our visits to Italy to sample the local cuisine. The "Veronese" kitchen is characterized by its "opulence" and differs significantly from the Venetian region of mountain areas (called "poor" and still prevalent), distinguished by the use of polenta, a grain native to North Italy's present in almost all recipes. The variety of fish dishes that can be found in the typical recipe of Verona cuisine is tremendous due to its proximity to Lago di Garda. Anyway, the most typical dishes of Veronese cuisine are prepared from meat stews accompanied by typical sauces as "Peará" or "Peverada" (broadly-based soup, spices, butter and breadcrumbs). As far as starters are concerned, the highlights are the "Bigoli" (hard grain thick spaghetti) and "Gnocchi di San Zeno", prepared in Carnival and are served with a stew of horse meat ("spezzatino di cavallo "). Thus, some of the most notable starters are: "agole bigoli", "gnocchi di Patate", "pasta e fagioli", "radicchio risotto", "risotto al tastasal" or "tagliatelle with frattaglie di gallo ". Among the main courses, we had a delightful choice between meat ("lesso e peará") and fish ("alborelle al forno", "sardele in saor", "alle erbe tinca", "tinca in umido with piselli") . As for sweets, it is essential to taste the "Pandoro di Verona", a typical cake specially made during the holiday season. The recipes for these dishes can be found at http://www.cucinaveronese.it/. Upon arrival at our hotel we struck up a lively conversation with one of the clerks, who, seeing our interest in local cuisine didn't hesitate for a second in recommending a visit to the "Antica Bottega del Vino". This is the only place in Verona that can be qualified as a piece of "local history" and its wine list is among the 10 best of all the restaurants in Italy. The atmosphere of the place is that of the typical historical cafés, with a lovely and authentic style of decor. In spite of its historial feel, the bar and the showcase of typical cheeses and sausages at the entrance of the room have a very attractive modern design. The staff is great and very professional. It is well-designed and intended both for those customers who want to enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by an "antipasto" (starter, in Italian) and those who want to enjoy a full menu of the best dishes from Veneto. The dishes designed in the daily menu offer a fantastic and authentic taste of the typical cuisine from Verona and the rest of the Veneto region. We chose to stay seated at the bar, elbow to elbow with the other clientele, allowing the waitress to recommend the best plates and white wines for us to enjoy. That was just testing a "selezione veneti di salumi" (selection of Veneti sausages), a "di formaggi selezione veneti" (Veneti cheese selection) and "baccalà with crostini di polenta mantecato" (cod with polenta). All of these regional delights washed down with a selection of white wines is simply a treat! So yes, I recommend a visit to the "Antica Bottega del Vino" on your visit to Verona, as it is one of those local treasures that leaves a long-lasting mark on your travel experience.
Given the we were in Padova for only one night, how fortunate we were to find Al Posticino Restaurant. It soon filled up with locals of all ages, parents, children and grand-parents. They all evidently knew what we were about to discover, that the food is extraordinarily good. The host was welcoming and attentive. We loved our evening there and Il Posticino is on our list when we return to Padova for a longer visit.
The chef Massimiliano Alajmo offers specialties such as spaghetti with cuttlefish liver, oil and chilli, good meats stuffed with a delicious pigeon pate, polenta with herbs, egg carbonara, veal with oysters and caviar cream, kamut wheat pasta (spaghetti) with spicy seaweed pesto fillets, oysters, rice with liquorice oil, chicory and sweetened ricotta.
Courteous staff, impeccable service, traditional Veronese cuisine prepared with care, and with a touch of innovation are the ingredients that make this restaurant a nice place to stop and eat. The atmosphere is very cozy and rustic, but far from shabby. The portions are generous, and the menu offers a variety of local specialties. Pasta lovers can enjoy the eggplant parmigiana with basil, tomato and mozzarella, potato gnocchi with black truffle sauce, soup with pasta and beans, and much more. I tried the risotto, which was good and plentiful. Dogs are allowed (I do not know if it was a coincidence, but when I went, there were at least four at different tables).