Restaurant La Caravella on Calle Larga XXII Marzo oozes elegance, and a certain, enchanting character that took over 50 years to develop. The beautiful restaurant is bedecked in classy dark wood furniture and bathed in mood lighting - the perfect setting for a romantic date. On offer here is a range of sensational Venetian fare; the menu is dominated by traditional fish and seafood preparations. Using authentic Venetian culinary techniques, the kitchens at La Caravella produce masterpieces like steamed spider crab, sea bass tartare with scampi carpaccio, risotto with fennel and lobster sauce and such. Although the prices are little steep, the sublime offerings, attentive service and a gorgeous ambiance more than make up for it.
Trattoria Antiche Carapane invites you to a treat of "distinguished Venetian cuisine" in a small and snug setting. Located in the heart of Venice, this place is frequented by politicians and movie stars who need a break from their hectic schedules. Their menu comprises an eclectic range of Venetian preparations and delectable seafood. Try Cassopipa: spaghetti with a spicy shellfish sauce and order for wine to go along with it. Alfresco dining at their lovely outdoor terrace adds another dimension especially during the nights.
This pleasant restaurant is located on Calle dei Fuseri, in San Marco the district. With its rustic, friendly atmosphere, Da Ivo wins a lot of hearts. Usually abuzz with regular patrons, the place receives some famous friends the owner has made since Da Ivo's inception in the 70s! This list includes Robbie Williams, Michele and Mona Solomon, and Damien Hirst, to name a few. Needless to say, this place is quite the local hit, it's best to reserve your seats. The fish dishes are excellent, as is the wine list. You should try the crab, penne alla paesana, and the prosecco wine. Perhaps, the prices are a bit high, but the service is unbeatable and the offerings are truly sublime; no room for complaints here.
If you wish to treat yourself to a lovely brunch in a sophisticated ambiance head to Caffè Florian. Opened in 1720 this quaint cafe has a long history of entertaining arts, culture and its adherents. It is easy to find, as it is located in the middle of the piazza, underneath the Museo Correr and the Museo Archeologico. More refined than other cafes; summer sees outside tables and live music; the interior decor here is sumptuous and delicate with utmost attention paid to graceful furnishings. Even their crockery is tasteful and refined. The cafe is known for their hearty brunches, coffee and of course delicious cakes. Here, food comes on your table looking like a piece of art. Taste the best Sacher Torte in the city: a legacy of the Austrian occupation.
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.
Antico Caffé Martini is a dining destination like no other, near Piazza San Marco, a few steps away from Teatro la Fenice. A lot of its costumers here are the theater's patrons who've come to catch a bite and a drink, before or after the show. Romantic duets entertain diners as they eat, the lovely outdoor patio makes for a romantic date spot. The service is excellent and the cuisine is typically Venetian with a nod towards traditional fish and seafood preparations. A wide selection of local and non-local wine is on offer as well, these couple well with the delightful offerings at Antico Caffé Martini. With a history that begins in the 1720s, Martini's has a lot to offer, whether you're a lover of arts, history, music, food and wine.
In a small piazza next to the busy Piazza Cavour, we find the Caffè Pedrocchi, a neoclassical building opened to the public in 1831, well-known in student circles and also during the Unification period. It was here, in fact, that the 1848 revolution was set in motion and as testimony you can still see a bullet in one of the walls of the Sala Bianca. It was nicknamed the 'café without doors' because, after its opening at the end of 1916, at the owner's wishes, it remained open all night and today it remains a symbol of the academic city of Padua.