Destination: Italy: Venice
Trattoria da Arturo serves delicious pasta in a casual atmosphere but be sure to book as the dining room is tiny.
A charming family-run restaurant in the Castello neighborhood that is popular with all ages is Osteria Oliva Nero.
Located in the Campo San Angelo, this is considered by many to serve the best pizza in Venice. A good choice for families.
Art Blue Café
Campo Santo Stefano, near the Accademia Bridge, has a number of restaurants with tables in the square where you can sit and watch the crowds go by. Most Sundays you will also be treated to choral concerts and a parade of Venetians walking their dogs. Art Blue Café is set slightly away from the other crowded cafés, near to the Palazzo Franchetti. There’s nothing fancy about it—plastic tables and chairs and waiters in Coca-Cola emblazoned polo shirts—but there are many kinds of pizza for 5 or 6 euros and pastas like tortellini with butter and sage that will please kids of all ages.
Delicious pizza and pasta are served at tables set out on the Zattere quay as well as on a floating terrace facing the Giudecca Canal. (It’s only a short walk from the Accademia Bridge.) The waiters are friendly and welcoming to families.
Tip: For dessert, be sure to go next door and get some of the city’s best ice cream at Gelateria Nico.
Food critic Gael Greene has declared this the best pizza in Venice. (She was brought by here local friends.) Many are shocked by the price, but few disappointed by the taste or the surroundings by the canal on Campiello del Piovan, which is dominated by a lovely old church. It’s owned by the son of the owner of the city’s legendary Da Fiore.
There’s a pizza rivalry between Il Refolo and La Perla loyalists over which restaurant serves the best pizza in Venice. Il Refolo is definitely the chicer of the two contenders, and La Perla prides itself on its simple authenticity and lower prices.
The consensus is that Rosa Salva wins the prize for the city’s best sweets—from pastries to ice cream. And unlike the many gelateria, which seem to be decorated with the same bright plastic materials as the ice cream is stored and served in, Rosa Salva has pretty period rooms, which are a pleasure to sit in while you indulge.
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