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Antico Forno is an example of why one shouldn't judge a restaurant by its appearance. Though this place looks tiny from the outside what matters the most are the delicious and freshly baked pizzas that they churn out by the minute. While strolling at the Ruga Vecchia San Giovanni, if you see a crowd waiting or making orders to a small window be sure that this is Antico Forno. From classic margherita to a plethora of other options, Antico Forno is responsible for spoiling locals with delicious yet cheap pizzas. If visiting Venice, a trip to Antico Forno is a must. They serve pizzas that will delight the palates of adults as well as children.
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!
It is indeed a pity if one visits Venice and doesn't get a chance to relish “gelato” or “Italian ice cream.” La Boutique del Gelato is a good eatery if you want to taste gelato in various flavors at inexpensive rates. Guests can relish thick and creamy gelato in flavors such as peanut, grapefruit, strawberry, pistachio, coconut and dark chocolate. However, the flavors vary with season so you can have only preparations made from fresh fruits leading to high quality of the ice creams. Whether you desire a simple vanilla ice cream garnished with nutella or a lavish peach sorbet preparation, their desserts are sure to delight both your palate and a parched throat. This hidden gem ice cream parlor is highly popular with both tourists and locals; so be patient to wait in a long queue before laying your hands on their delicious ice creams.
Rosa Salva is an ancient Venetian café where you can be seated on marble tables and relish classic Venetian coffee and desserts. It is a café and a pastry shop giving you two reasons to come and pay a visit. Locals consider Rosa as one of the best pâtisseries in town, probably because they sell pastries and biscuits, all home-made with care. Repeat customers usually indulge in Venetian biscuits such as baicoli cookies and zaletti biscuits, prepared with corn flour and raisins and served with a mug of hot chocolate. You can also choose among the varieties of their tramezzino (triangular sandwich) and panini for a quick breakfast. Do not miss their famous cappuccino, full of delicious flavors and aromas.
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.
Tucked away between the Campo Sant’Angelo and Campo Manin is a hidden gem called Al Vapperetto; an Italian restaurant, pizzeria as well as a lovely cafe. As you enter inside the restaurant the warm greetings of the lovely staff make you feel comfortable almost instantly. The place is small but has comfortable seating spaces and can easily accommodate parties and families. Made to look like an Italian home, every dish served here has a home made touch. Select from a variety of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads and soups, all the courses will only delight your palate. This is a perfect spot for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries as well as for having family gatherings.
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.