Barbara’s Best: Venice (Part 3)

Barbara's Best

This week Barbara is sharing some of her favorite restaurants, cafes, and food and drink staples in Venice, Italy. The amazing food and drink is enough to make any traveler want to visit this beautiful destination. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series for more Venice travel tips.


Rosa Salva

Rosa Salva is a café with multiple locations but Barbara recommends the one located at Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo. This café has some of the best coffee in Italy and also boasts thick and creamy hot chocolate – a decadent treat!



Tramezzini is a popular and inexpensive Italian street food that is similar to a tea sandwich. It consists of white bread, with no crusts, and is typically filled with olive, tuna, or prosciutto. These are great to eat with locals and enjoy at St. Mark’s Basilica.

Caffe Florian

Caffe Florian is one of the most famous cafés in Venice. The cafe is located on the edge of Piazza San Marco and has an amazing view of St. Mark’s Basilica. It is sure to be an exquisite gourmet experience.

Osteria Olivia Nera

Olivia Nera creates traditional Venetian cuisine in an intimate and family-like setting. The stuffed fried zucchini flowers are a staple dish here and a must try. There is limited seating in this osteria, so reservations are needed.

Trattoria Antiche Carampane

You won’t find this restaurant by accident or stumble upon it, but it has some of the best Venetian specialties in Venice. Barbara’s favorite dish is the Taglioni with secoe ragu, a traditional Venetian meat sauce. To dine at this tucked away treasure, reservations are strongly recommended.

Osteria Da Fiore

Osteria Da Fiore is a beautiful restaurant located on a canal in San Polo. It has rightly become one of the most famous restaurants in Venice. You can reserve special tables for a memorable celebration or special event. The calamari gratin with mushrooms, shrimp, and pumpkin cream and the risotto with radicchio, onion, and red wine are two of Barbara’s favorite dishes.


Refosco is a wine made from ancient dark-skinned grapes. It is a special regional wine that is native to the Venetian zone. Find a lovely view of Venice and enjoy a bottle of refosco to have a true Venetian experience.

Now, you have all the parts except one. Stay tuned for next week with Part 4 – What to do!

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