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Best Dishes in Venice You Have to Try

Tasting the local specialties in culinary destinations like Italy makes perfect sense. There are so many delicious food choices often it’s hard to decide. Of course, upon visiting Venice, you must try some of their most authentic, delicious dishes. So, if you’re unsure where to begin, here is a list of the best dishes in Venice and popular local restaurants you need to try.

Italy is abundant in eclectic dishes. No matter where you choose to go throughout the country, you will have an entirely new dining experience. For instance, when you head towards the lagoon, you will enjoy Venetian cuisine, and if you head towards the shores of the Adriatic Sea, you will experience traditional seafood dishes.

Popular Dishes In Venice

Spaghetti in Nero di Seppia

This charcoal-colored pasta-looking dish is pieces of squid slow-cooked in tomato sauce. The charcoal color comes from the squid ink, which is added after the preparation is complete.

Sarde in Saor

Over a reduced flame, onions are cooked until they become transparent and fragrant. Pine nuts, raisins, and sardines are mixed with the onions to create this delightful dish.

Fritto Misto

This divine dish is simply shrimp, fishballs, and calamari, all breaded and deep-fried to perfection. Although many restaurants serve this dish, they all add their own flavors, bread topping, and touches, so don’t hesitate to try them all!

Baccala Mantecato

For hours, dried codfish is cooked until the bone is nearly dissolved. It is then creamed with oil to the most impeccable consistency. This makes a great late-night spread for bread and is even better paired with some Venetian wine.

Bigoli in salsa

Onions, anchovies, and fennel seeds are added to the sauce of this magnificent Venetian whole wheat pasta dish. This is one of Venice’s signature cuisines and a must-try!


These delectable doughnuts are the perfect mid-day treat overfilled with cream or raisins and candied orange peel and dipped in sugar.


This snack entails using pieces of bread in the shape of a triangle and filling them with all sorts of delicious foods such as cheese, tomatoes, artichokes, olives, and more. The options are endless!

Moeche Fritte

These small crabs are breaded and fried whole without the shell. You will find this delicacy served at many fancy Venetian restaurants.

Fegato Alla Veneziana

This dish is a Venetian past-time. In fact, it’s a past-time for many cultures. It is liver fried up and laid over a bed of slow-cooked onions.


These vibrant-colored violet artichokes are picked prematurely and then boiled. You won’t even have to peel it. Take a bite, and enjoy!

While Venice's sites and history draw most people to the city, the food is worth traveling for! Are you ready to indulge in some authentic and mouth-watering Italian cuisine?

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