While I unfortunately didn’t have much of an appetite while in Italy, I did sample a few dishes in each city. I still cannot figure out why I wasn’t hungry. That is normally a non-issue for me. I had been looking forward to all of the fantastic, fresh food I’d be eating in my 2 weeks in Italia, but sadly, it just didn’t happen. But that is just one of the many reason for me to return! And this time, with a HUGE appetite 🙂
I was pleasantly surprised to find that every restaurant that I went to, the prices were very reasonable especially compared to what prices are here at home. Plates were always filled with plenty of food. I think that even if my appetite were normal, I would still be more than satisfied with an Antipasti and Primi Piatti or a Secondi Piatti. Usually I ordered either a Primi or Secondi Piatti and it was more than enough food.
Italians don’t dine quite like we do. It is a very relaxed affair, and as I already knew, you will not be rushed, the waiter will not be constantly asking if things are OK, do you need something else, and you pretty much have to beg to get your bill, and once you do, don’t expect it to come quickly. So sit down, relax and plan on spending some time at your table when dining out in Italy. If you’re in a hurry, you will be better off stopping at a Trattoria or an Osteria rather than a Ristorante.
My favorite place to eat while in Venezia was Cantione Gia’ Schiavi in the Dorsoduro. Their selection of freshly made cicchetti is fabulous. The place was always full of locals whenever I went by – always an excellent sign!! They were constantly bringing out new plates as nothing lasted very long when they were busy.
Tuna Tatare, Dried Salted Cod, Egg Yolk and Flower Petals, Pistachio
Smoked Swordfish, Shrimp Artichoke and Truffle, Octopus, and the Egg Yolk and Flower Petals. Not only was it good, it’s pretty!
A few of the many selections offered each day:
What trip to Italy would be complete without Gelato?
Dinner at L’ Osteria San Barnaba. A very small neighborhood Osteria with locals lining up to make reservations. What a wonderful place right on our Calle, Lunga de San Barnaba, The chef served each patron repeating what had been ordered, telling you to enjoy, in Italian of course! He also came when the meal was done, asking how it was and cleared the table. I found this to be a fantastic touch, so personal.
A Trattoria in Campo San Margherita
Let us not forget the outdoor venues located throughout Venezia. Fresh and in season is key to Italian cuisine. One thing to remember when shopping at any outdoor market, do not help yourself, or touch any of the items. It is frowned upon and believe me, when an unsuspecting tourist (not me, I knew better) does so, the shop keeper quickly puts a stop to it. I arrived at the Rialto Market late in the morning so I didn’t get to experience the total atmosphere – again, another reason to return as I see it. There were still quite a few of the produce vendors to be found. The market was about half full when I got there.
Fish being sold in Campo Santa Margherita
Farmer Boat in Campo San Barnaba every day.