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.
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.
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.
Locanda Cipriani is among the famous restaurants in the city, and it owes its fame to its exquisite cooking. The atmosphere is very refined, and the service unbeatable. Its terracotta bricks, Venetian bas-relief and wooden ceiling has an old worldly charm to it. You can choose to dine in the terrace during summer or at the beautiful garden for the remainder of the year. Relish the delightful local cuisine that has wowed many.
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.
One of three historic cafés on Piazza San Marco, the Grancaffè Quadri has been a part of the Venetian experience since 1638, along with the two other major historic cafés of Venice: Lavena and Florian. The atmosphere alone is worth the trip with luxurious exteriors and interiors, and sometimes, a live orchestra plays in the background. The opulent décor comprises of resplendent Venetian chandeliers and mirrors. Customers can enjoy fine coffee in myriad flavors complemented by exquisite desserts and gourmet snacks. On certain nights between April and October, connoisseurs of music can enjoy the melodies played by renowned musicians.
Ristorante Quadri located on the upper floor of the popular Venetian café, Quadri offers a galore of fine dining options to its patrons. Luxurious red and gold interiors, combined with a warm and inviting ambiance and delectable contemporary Venetian and Italian cuisines make for the perfect place to dine. You can choose from an assortment of delicious Venetian fare, made with fresh seasonal produce to bring out the natural flavors. Pick from a range of exciting menus and choices. The wine list and desserts are equally noteworthy.
This coffeehouse is situated right in the heart of Piazza San Marco and began operations in 1750. It is one of the three most historical eating places in the city, the other two being Quadri and Florian, and all three date back to at least 200 years. It boasts of a magical ambiance infused with historic elements and has hosted some of the most famous violinists and other musicians. It has always attracted celebrities from royalty and film personalities to accomplished authors, composers and academics. Today, it serves as a lavish place for socializing in Venice and is frequented by connoisseurs of good food, beverages and music.
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.
Famous all around the globe, the name Hard Rock Cafe is an epitome of everything that is American. This successful cafe chain has locations around the world but very few would be lucky enough to enjoy a location as beautiful as the one at Bacino Orseolo. Over looking gondolas coming in and going out of the neighboring canal; the Hard Rock Cafe gives you America with a romantic touch of Venice. The cafe is a bit small inside but has comfortable seating spaces and some seating is also available on an elevated floor. Surrounded by rock memorabilia, this is a must-visit place for fans of rock music and connoisseurs of delicious burgers. Enjoy carefully-crafted cocktails, freshly-poured beers and then step out and go for a gondola ride, it is all possible here at Hard Rock Cafe at Bacino Orseolo.