Al Vapore, the small music venue is located right off the mainland-side of the bridge to Venice in Marghera, which is directly on the other side of the tracks from the train station in Mestre. They very often host international jazz acts and world-class music concerts. Folks from all over the region come to Al Vapore to hear good live music in an intimate setting. It's one of the few places in Mestre where the entire family can enjoy a cultural entertainment and some tasty Italian grub.
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.
Do Forni is localted in a quaint and calm district of the city. The clientèle includes political and showbiz personalities, as well as many tourists, who are all drawn to the soft lighting with velour and brocade recalling the Orient Express. The other rooms are reminiscent of the ancient city with its elegant and rustic interiors. The service is excellent, as are the fish dishes; try the sea bass and polenta. The wine list is extensive and complements your meal perfectly and the desserts are delicious.
This is a typical Venetian tavern is situated in the Dorsoduro district, around Galleria dell'Accademia. A lot of student patrons come here to catch a drink or a quick bite, before or after checking out the exhibitions at the gallery. Osteria da Codroma features a typical decor, with wooden tables and chairs, lots of warm, natural light and a friendly vibe. Tuesday night is jazz night featuring various live concerts. The food on offer comprises of many local delights and finger foods such as tapas, sandwiches, cicchetti, grilled vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, sardines Drop in for a glass of local wine or beer and some tasty small Venetian small plates.
Tucked away in Calle Larga San Marco is a bar that can satiate your hunger after a long day of shopping in the city center. Bar Al Campanile has been delighting locals as well as tourists with its delicious wraps, rolls, sandwiches and refreshing coffee. This place is a gem for those who are fans of street food. Although a bit small in size they do have some seats available inside the bar but you can always take-out your order and enjoy it while exploring the city. The place is clean and portions served are generous enough to fill you for a good look around San Marco.
Black-Jack is a warm, welcoming and friendly bar. It's a bit tiny but the lively atmosphere, and friendly staff and co-patrons makes it worth a visit. At Black-Jack, spend your evenings tasting wines from northern Italy or refresh yourself with Spritz along with delicious local-style tapas like baccalà, sarde in saor, etc. Frequent this place several times a day, the owner will only be enthusiastic to serve you.
Walking through Calle Larga Larga San Marco the aromas of virgin olive oil will beckon you inside this gorgeous restaurant called Birreria Pedavena. Named after the famous beer from the Province of Belluno, this restaurant does justice to its name. The place has an impressive number of domestic and international beers on tap thereby offering something for every taste. The place is a heaven if you wish to indulge into authentic Venetian food at reasonable costs. Their must-try dishes are Selezione di Formaggi and Piatto di Affettati Misti which complement perfectly with drinks, Risotto di Pesce, Insalata di Mare and Spaghetti alla Scogliera are perfect as main dishes. The restaurant is warm and very welcoming; perfect for an evening meal with friends.
Al Colombo Ristorante has been delighting patrons since the 18th Century. Owner, Alessandro Stanziani is responsible for their creative menu which is filled with delicious varieties of Antipastis, first courses as well as main dishes. Everything on the menu is cooked to perfection with the use of freshest possible ingredients. Food can be enjoyed at the comfortable seating inside the restaurant but during summers the gorgeous patio creates a wonderful ambiance for a meal. Seafood dishes come highly recommended at Al Colombo Ristorante. Their portions are generous but do keep some room for their heavenly dessert and coffee after the meal.
Tucked away in a private courtyard is Ai Rusteghi, locals are quite familiar with this place but tourists might find it a bit challenging to locate the restaurant. They serve Cicheti and their wine bar is also quite impressive. The place is owned by a very warm family and is a bit small with only three tables insde and a couple of tables at the patio. But do not let its limited size deceive you because what it lacks in space it wins back with delicious tapas. The owners have a very good knowledge about wines and will guide you with food that will complement best with your wine. This is a traditional wine bar with lots of local flavor.