drinking in Venice
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restaurants in Venice offer a wide variety of cuisines,
ranging from international fast food to five-star Italian
dishes. Many of the specialities are fish based, and there
are excellent vegetables in season from the gardens of St.
Erasmo Island. For a light snack try l'osteria', or
cicheti' which is usually meatballs, fried vegetables,
anchovies and cured meats, or even a sandwich, whose
delicious dough is made from the city water. There are many
inns close to the Rialto Market, which serve fresh food -
they are subject to a quality control, which is carried out
daily by the local residents. Places to visit include Do
Spade, Antico Dolo, Do Mori, and Da Pinto.
Situated near Piazzale Roma and the University, off the
tourist trail, Campo Santa Margherita is always reasonable.
This area consists predominantly of pubs, bakeries, ice
cream parlours and pizzerias, which cater for a mostly
student clientele. In summer it's the only area that stays
open until late at night, much against the will of the
elderly population in this district. This is also the
artistic' quarter, where actors, directors, architects,
designers and a range of other arty types hang out.
A lot of Venice's top-quality gourmet restaurants can be
found in San Marco, the most prestigious area of the city.
Harry's Bar is a name to remember, as are Do Forni and
Antico Pignolo. There are other excellent restaurants
towards the outskirts of the city. The Castello district in
particular is home to the superb Franz, near the Santo
Stefano church. A few years ago the Da Fiore, also in this
area, was named best restaurant in the world.
Venice loves to have a good drink, as does the whole of the
Veneto region. There are many popular inn/wine bars that
have become real institutions. Unnamed house wines of
varying quality can be found everywhere; to be sure of a
good bouquet try Do Mori. In autumn, look out for the "torbolino":
an immature Pinot Nero whose arrival announces that winter
is on its way.
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