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Arca is located in the student area of San Pantalon between Santa Margherita and Frari, and not far from Cà Foscari and Cà Rezzonico. This new venue is aimed at a young student crowd. It has a fresh, fun atmosphere. The menu includes innovative pizzas and traditional dishes. Aperitifs are served with cicchetti (snacks, sandwiches, small fish, fried vegetables). There are a few local wines, and draft and bottled beer.
Not far from the railway station and Papadopoli Gardens and quite close to the popular Campo Santa Margherita, this restaurant is located in a quiet area on the Fondamenta Minotto running along a typical Venetian canal. The restaurant has also a peaceful rear garden with a view on a nearby church to dine al fresco in the warm season. Ribò (which takes its name after a famous Italian racehorse) offers land and sea food both from the Tuscan and Venetian tradition. The accent is on a wide selection of seafood specialties but also tasty chianina steak, as meat option, is delicious. As first course, the risotti are worth a try. Fine list of wines and great desserts, especially the chocolate cake! As a curiosity, the owner, Bruno Barbani, was the chef of the national Italian Football Team winner of the World Cup in 2006. - Maria Frullini
In past centuries, the Casin dei Nobili was a refined place where the local aristocracy used to spend time gambling. It was mostly patronized by local aristocrats called barnabotti after the nearby Campo San Barnaba. Nowadays, it's a restaurant and a pizzeria with a good price-quality ratio, which is quite interesting in Venice! Pizza and a lot more is available here. The restaurant offers classical dishes from Venetian culinary traditional, which include first courses like risi e bisi (rice and peas), pasta e fasioi (pasta and beans), and baccalà (dried salted cod) or Venetian-style liver. There are also some tables in the tiny terrace outside. - Maria Frullini
If you like crowds this is the bar for you. It can be found in the thriving Campo Santa Margherita, which is full of people and noise during lunch and dinnertime. In this bar you can have a drink, or have a snack to fill up for the rest of the day. It is quite cheap compared with average Venetian prices so top up that drink. It is quite big by Venetian standards and is usually filled with students and tourists. It is a nice place to come for lunch or to drink an aperitif. The service is good. As well as the snacks, which you can eat with your aperitif, such as, grilled vegetables, sandwiches, squid, octopus salad etc., you can also choose from various pizzas and spaghetti dishes. There is a good range of local wines, and beer.
L'Incontro is situated in Rio Tera Canal, even though you are better off asking for directions to the Pugni bridge, since the proper name is hardly ever used. The food is really quite good, considering that this is only a tavern and not a fully fledged restaurant. The tables are split between two rooms and the clientele is made up mostly of locals as well as a few students. Unlike the majority of Venetian restaurants, L'incontro specialises in meat dishes which are always excellent. It also serves up several Sardinian specialities. There is a very competent wine list.
Al Postali is a typical osteria. It is located in the Santa Croce area of Venice. It is usually full of tourists, but also Venetians, drinking ombra, the classic Venetian wine.
The Randon is situated in campo San Bernardo right in the center of the university district. There is a young vibrant atmosphere here and this restaurant-cum-wine shop is always packed with students. The friendly ambience also attracts many tourists who help to swell the numbers. The menu includes pasta dishes, home-made ravioli and tortellini and a vast choice of salads for the figure-conscious students. There is a good selection of wines, considering that this is also a wine shop, as well as a good range of the usual drinks.
Osteria La Patatina is located on the bridge which leads into Campo San Polo. Its name comes from the old tradition of serving chips on cocktail sticks accompanied by a glass of wine. This restaurant is also known by another name as Osteria Al Ponte. It is a charming and welcoming trattoria and worth a visit because of the top-notch quality of its food that includes typical Venetian dishes such as meatballs, fried vegetables in breadcrumbs and sardines in sauce. Try the pasta dishes like Spaghetti alle Lobster and Spaghetti alle Vongole Veraci. Like most Venetian restaurants, this too plays creatively with seafood and fish preparations that this city loves so much. These delicious offerings can be washed down with a glass of local red or white wine.