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Seafood is very close to Venetian hearts and a staple of the local cuisine.
One mouth-watering must-try is sarde in soar (sweet and sour sardines). Cooked with onions, vinegar, pine nuts and raisins, their salty-sweet richness will confuse and delight your tongue in equal measure.
Other favourites include baccalà mantecato, smashed up salt cod mousse spread over grilled polenta and eaten as a snack, and risotto al nero di sepia, a jet-black squid risotto that looks shocking on the plate but is delicious on the palate.
Venice has transformed its traditional peasant food into world-class cuisine, taking homely recipes to a whole new level.
Risi e bisi, made with fresh peas, butter, parsley and chunks of Italian pancetta, defies definition, sitting somewhere between a risotto and a soup.
Bigoli in salsa is another popular dish, with strands of fat spaghetti-like pasta swirled in an onion and sardine sauce.
Not for the faint-hearted, fegato alla veneziana is liver stewed with onions and occasionally figs, and will turn even the biggest liver sceptic into a die-hard fan.
If you’re after a cheeky mid-afternoon nibble to keep you going, head for a local bar and grab some cicchetti, the local answer to tapas.
These small plates of tasty morsels are usually shared between friends over a glass of wine (or two). Cheap and delicious, prices range from around €1-3, making them super snacking material.
You’ll find all sorts on offer, from a few crostini (toast topped with fresh fish or meat), a handful of cheese wedges or a bowl of meatballs to a hot sausage sandwich.
In fact, why not skip dinner altogether and try a cicchetti crawl across the city, picking up a dish or two in every bar along the way?
Sweet-toothed travellers will be in seventh heaven (or serious trouble) in Venice. The endless gauntlet of gelato stalls alone will test your willpower, but that’s only the beginning.
One of Italy’s most famous exports, tiramisu, originated in nearby Treviso, making Venice the perfect place to tuck into a portion of creamy, coffee-rich goodness.
Equally, be sure to track down a traditional serving of frittelle, sweet fried dumplings dotted with plump raisins. They take nutty treats to a whole new level.
If you’re feeling the need for a calorie-busting boogie after those treats, or simply want to find a pleasant bar in which to relax, hop on over to our Venice nightlife page.