Venice is not only a city of fabulous palaces and churches that reflect centuries of history but also a place that offers one of the most interesting dining experiences in the world. To explore the tasty side of Venice you should book one of many guided food tours and discover places offering the best Venetian food.
Your friendly tour guide will take you through the colourful streets of Venice to authentic wine bars called bacari. This way you will experience the real life of Venetian people who visit bars to meet friends while having a glass of wine along with cicchetti snacks. Cicchetti come in many different forms: crostini - a slice of bread with fish, cold cuts, cheese or vegetable toppings, panini - small sandwiches or fritti - fried vegetables or seafood.
With its unique lagoon location and proximity to the island of Sant' Erasmo Venetian cuisine consists of some truly delicious dishes relying on fish and vegetables. One of the most typical Venetian dishes is baccala mantecato. It is codfish (soaked in water) which is creamed and seasoned with olive oil, garlic and parsley. It can be served on a slice of fresh bread or grilled polenta.
Sarde in saor is a typical dish which can be found in any osteria in Venice. This dish consists of fried sardines marinated in a mixture of vinegar, onions, raisins and pine nuts.
Venetian restaurants serve a variety of pasta dishes based on seafood. Some of the most popular are bigoli in salsa (long whole-wheat pasta with onions and salted sardines or anchovies), spaghetti al nero (pasta with squid), spaghetti alle vongole (pasta with clams) and spaghetti alla busara (pasta with scampi). Besides these mouth-watering pasta dishes while in Venice you should try fegato alla Veneziana - calf's liver sautéed with onions and served with polenta.
No visit to Venice is complete without going to Rialto market - one of the most vibrant sites of the city. This market offers an amazing choice of fruits, vegetables, freshly caught fish and other produce daily.
While taking part in a food tour you will have the opportunity to taste great wines of the Veneto region such as Prosecco, Soave, Valpolicella or Amarone. For a taste of something really local, there are also white wines such as Orto di Venezia and Venissa. Watch the world go buy on one of the many Venetian squares and enjoy authentic the Venetian aperitif know as a spritz.
Venice's narrow streets hide many family-run bakeries and pastry shops which offer a variety of baked goods. At any time of the day in these small shops you can buy freshly baked pastries, cakes, bread and biscotti. The assortment of sweets depends on the time of the year. During the carnival they will be full with frittelle, castagnole and galani.
For chocolate lovers a visit to an artisanal chocolate shops is a must while visiting Venice. These places are filled with chocolate bars, truffles and spreads made following traditional recipes. Here you can even discover the secrets of making true chocolate on the spot.
If you take part in a dessert tour of Venice besides the above-mentioned sweets you will try one of the most popular desserts from Veneto region - tiramisu.