This is one of Venice's best restaurants and bars, and for good reasons. Saying that the service is excellent is an understatement and the menu features only the freshest and best quality ingredients. The space is somewhat small and cosy, and so, reservations are highly recommended. Harry's comes with a long, rich and interesting history. It is not only the birthplace of iconic cocktails like Bellini and Capriccio but it's also where legendary stars once dined and made merry, this long list includes big names Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin, Truman Capote, Peggy Guggenheim and Alfred Hitchcock, to name a few. Needless to say, Harry's Bar in San Marco makes for an interesting visit.
The very glamorous and modernly designed Centrale Restaurant Lounge is placed close to Teatro La Fenice and stays open late, which seldom happens in Venice. Centrale is a place for sipping aperitifs, relaxing on designers sofas, and dining by candlelight, all while listening to the soft music playing in the background. The menu offers both meat and fish and seafood preparations cooked in the traditional Venetian style. Centrale also feature frequent live jazz performances.
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.
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.
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.
Ristorante Riviera dazzles with its quaint waterside location, offering beautiful views of the city and a delectable Venetian fare. The cuisine offers traditional, authentic dishes with a few innovations that are not too over the top. The platter is well flavored and cooked using traditional culinary techniques and incorporating fresh, local produce. A well-considered list includes wines that couple well with the meals here, while the desserts give them a lovely finish. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed and the service is good as well. Check website for more details.
If by the mention of Italian cuisine, you can only think of pizza and pasta, it's time to visit Ai Mercanti and widen your horizon. The Italian fare at this restaurant consists of dishes such as sea bass tartare, pumpkin and cocoa bean risotto, Turbot fish chunk with sour butter and capers, rabbit terrine with spinach and blue cheese, among other delicious dishes. Their wines bring out the best flavors in food; while their menu changes every two months, ensuring that diners are able to savor the freshest produce. Their freshly baked bread is complimentary and the staff make sure that you never run out of it.
The atmosphere of this old restaurant, Osteria Antico Dolo, is homely and intimate; and features a small and cosy dining room with just a few tables. The menu is traditionally Venetian with an excellent selection of Sausages and high-quality Meat and Fish choices. The tagliolini with langoustine makes a perfect starter; then try the cod for your main course. Booking is advisable due to popularity and limited seating, especially in the evening.