If you’ve never seen the hall of the Hotel Danieli, you’ve never seen Venice. Yet many tourists and passionate foodies do not know that one of the world’s most famous hotels is accessible to all, as are other exclusive locations in this incomparable floating city.
Here are some suggestions about where to eat in Venice: ideas for experiences you can enjoy while spending up to 25, 50 or 100 euros.
Where to eat in Venice up to 25 Euros
Breakfast or aperitif time is the perfect opportunity to take a look at the sumptuous hall of the Hotel Danieli and go out on the terrace overlooking the Riva degli Schiavoni without having to dig too deeply into your own finances.
Even Maria Callas used to gaze at the beauty of the Lagoon seen from this special observation deck: on a small, basic budget, you can afford an espresso and two eggs Benedict.
Piazza San Marco attracts every tourist, but it also satisfies foodies who can enjoy the various establishments of the three-star Alajmo family. With 25 euros you may not be able to afford a full meal at Ristorante Quadri, but you can console yourself: for 19 euros you can have a taste of 6 “cicchetti” (small snacks or tiny sadwiches) created by Massimiliano Alajmo, from sardines in saor (with sweet and sour onions) to creamy codfish or octopus salad.
Otherwise, for 21 euros, you can try Pizza Quadri: burrata, culaccia di Parma and a hint of dill to be enjoyed at ABC Quadri (pictured above), the restaurant owned by the Alajmo brothers whose slogan is “Italian cuisine en deshabille”.
Where to eat in Venice from 25 to 50 Euros
The Gritti Palace is unanimously considered to be the quintessence of class and elegance. The restored wood ceilings, the floors, the mirrored consoles, the Murano chandeliers, all 13th century originals, are worth a visit. For the price of a stiff drink, you can try Riva Lounge, an outdoor extension of the splendid Bar Longhi, the historic meeting place for guests of the Gritti.
They make the best cocktails in Venice, along with the typical "cicchetteria", a selection of taste treats perfect as aperitif plus snack (from 20 to 40 euros). Until 2016 you can enjoy the Acquarama seats that will remind you of a real Riva Yacht.
You must order a Riva Cocktail, created by bartender Cristiano Luciani: white rum, grapefruit juice, Orzata syrup and Orange Bitter to be sipped as you gaze at the Grand Canal. You can also have lunch on the terrace, for example a pasta e fagioli alla veneta (pasta with beans Venetian style) and a glass of wine (24 euros +10 euros).
Where to eat in Venice from 50 to 100 Euro
At the Westin Europa & Regina until 27 November 2016, Executive Chef Alberto Fol has created “Senza Terra”, an artistic/culinary project for the Biennale. The Floating Table is a unique experience: it’s a floating table designed in collaboration with a master Murano glassmaker: glass base and mise en place with plates, glasses, place settings and centerpiece, all designed especially for the occasion.
The view is breathtaking: you’re right across from the majestic Santa Maria della Salute church. Note: for 50 euros, you’ll get just the reservation and one – at most two – dishes, but the experience is unforgettable.
Venice has a new luxury five-star hotel: the San Clemente Palace Kempinski (pictured above), with its three restaurants headed up by Executive Chef Vincenzo di Tuoro, now back in Italy after a long absence in Mumbai and Delhi. The menus use regional ingredients and products grown in the resort’s own organic garden. Order the Tortelli di Parmigiano Reggiano aged 36 months, liver cream Venetian style and onion confit (30 euros). Then a dessert like Bolla di tiramisù, zabaglione ice cream, cane juice rum sauce (20 euros), and you may have enough left over to order a nice white wine.
If you have a hearty appetite, try La Dolce Vita restaurant – less expensive – where you’ll be able to afford three courses and a glass of wine without worrying about having to wash the dishes afterward.