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Birraria La Corte is a popular restaurant situated in the heart of San Polo. This no-nonsense pizzeria has a beautiful extended patio where one can enjoy a scrumptious Venetian fare and watch the world pass by. The dining room and garden together seat around one hundred people, hence the place is great for larger parties and families.. The menu includes several types of pizzas as well as regional pasta, vegetable and fish dishes. The wine list contains mainly local varieties but since this place was a former brewer, beer takes pride over wine here. Quite famous among the locals, the place is seen buzzing with patrons throughout the day.
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.
Osteria Da Fiore is set in a former tavern and is among the most popular restaurants in the city. The credit goes to Mara and Maurizio Martin who make sure their diners are delighted by the superb food created by Mara. The traditional Venetian fare is given a creative twist by the chef which includes crowd pullers like bass in balsamic vinegar, moleche (deep fried soft-shell crabs) and cuttlefish risotto. Since it is mainly seafood, their menu regularly changes as it depends upon the fresh catch. Complement your feast with Italian or French wines though they do have a good selection of cognacs and whiskey as well. Due to its compact size, reservations are highly recommended. With its elegant ambiance and soft lights, it is a wonderful place for romantic meals.
The Rialto Market is such a vast place with its tiny alleyways that it is known to get shoppers thirsty as well as hungry! If you happen to be experiencing such a situation, then just ask around for building no. 213 and make a beeline for it. Do not be surprised if you don't find chairs to sit on, because the norm at Al Marca is to grab your order and leave. Or you could also grab a drink with your sandwich, if you are not in a hurry. Try the domestic wines on offer which are sure to impress the locals around you at the counter. After their initial nod of approval, maybe you could strike up a conversation about other interesting places around.
Set in the romantically beautiful city of Venice and located near the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Frary's is a restaurant that you either stumble upon or are led by your guide or local host. This charming Middle Eastern eatery features a menu of Lebanese as well as a splatter of Greek dishes. Its well traveled owner, Federica is gracious enough to inform you about their fare. And will also give you tips of the area that you aren't aware of. Savor their delicious food such as the seafood couscous, babaganush, mutton stew, mansaf, moussaka, falafel and kebabs. They also have options for vegetarians. Perfectly spiced and filled with lovely flavors, complement your meal with Greek wines. The red walls, table-clothes, candles and mirrors of this diner add to the whole romance in the air ambiance.
Ae Oche serves typical Venetian pizzas at traditional prices. This is one of the few restaurants in Venice where you can eat until late. There are about 100 different types of pizza to choose from, so, no matter how fussy one is about their preference here you will find something for every taste. These freshly baked pizzas are enormous in sizes and high on taste. In addition to pizzas, the place serves delectable pastas and seafood dishes. Located near the train station, it attracts many patrons from outside of the city too.