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Situated at the foot of the Megio Bridge, this place has just a handful tables, but the size only adds to La Zucca's charm. Popular with locals as well as tourists, the service here deserves much praise. But considering the cramped place, opt for a reservation, since it tends to get busy. In a city that loves its seafood and fish preparations dearly, this unusual place serves a sizable vegetarian menu. The spaghetti with pumpkin, vegetables with yoghurt and pumpkin and seasoned ricotta quiche (pumpkin preparations are quite the hit here) are excellent. But carnivores need not sulk, there are enough meat and poultry dishes to go around.
A hidden gem of Dorsoduro, Pizza Al Volo is one of Venice's best kept secrets. Offering authentic, scrumptious pizza pies, this small eatery is notoriously famous for its tasty offerings. The place is almost a blink-n-miss, but once eaten here, you'd want to keep returning, for its unbeatable staples and the rock-bottom prices! Generous proportions, traditional recipes, extremely pocket-friendly prices and a warm, friendly service make Pizza Al Volo such a winner, even without a five-star ambiance and plush interiors. Definitely worth a try!
There are many gelaterias and ice cream parlors in Venice but Alaska Gelateria-Sorbetteria stands out because it constantly enjoys reinventing and experimenting with new varieties. Infusing seasonal tastes into its ice creams, it boasts of gelatos prepared using fennel seeds, artichoke, basil, ginger and asparagus. Those who do not wish to be too adventurous can try ice creams in usual flavors like dark chocolate, pistachio nuts and hazelnut. This charming ice cream shop will no doubt delight both children and adults for its quaint interiors and novel experimentation methods.
Osteria L'Orto Dei Mori in Campo dei Mori offers a range of classic Italian fare including several popular antipasti, pizzas, pastas and such. Frequented by local patrons, it's a place serving home-style meals that will warm the cockles of your heart. Even without a five-star ambiance, the restaurant manages to be quite the local hit. The restaurant itself is a cozy little dining spot with a warm, friendly service and pocket-friendly prices. Drop in for an authentic, home-style grub.
Run by Roberto Barina and Piero Salmaso, La Palanca is a small eatery-cum-watering hole. Bottles of Campari and Coke line the shelf as daily wagers like bargemen and fishermen step in for a sandwich snack, pasta or the daily specials like the salmon tagliatelle. This restaurant does serve wine by the glass, and if you want to blend in, call for an ombra (white wine). La Palanca's so popular, it's hard to get a table. Diners have better luck in spring and summer as, like most places in Venice, the warmer seasons allow for alfresco dining.
Italy is the birth place of pizza hence when your stroll through Venice you are bound to have rendezvous with a number of pizzeras but very few places will have the charm like this little take-out joint at Calle Dell'Aseo called Arte Della. They are famous of their enormous pizzas graced with humble toppings such as olives, mozzarella, onions, bacon, potatoes, pepperoni, tomatoes and peppers. The place is typically a take-out but they do have a few stools lined around the joint where you can wait and grab a bear till your pizza arrives. Their service is quite prompt and genial which makes the place even more approachable. Call in your order and take it out later but make sure you arrive before 9:00p.