Osteria Campo Santa Marina started as a humble sandwich shop. Today, it is one of the city’s most creative dining experiences. Chef Agostino Doria spent the last 30 years honing in on his menu, attempting to pay homage to traditional Venetian recipes while elevating them to a form of art. During the warmer months, expect a good amount of outdoor seating but don’t be surprised as people opt to stay inside, where the atmosphere is cosy, warmly lit and always bustling. The eatery specialises in raw fish (think scallops carpaccio with shavings of smoked goose foie gras and sweet white wine jelly), but the house-made pasta is expectedly excellent as well (try the black tagliolini with cuttlefish ink sauce and citrus-flavoured bread). You might want to entrust your palate to the chef completely, ordering the tasting menu to get a comprehensive sense of the restaurant’s lagoon fare.
Maybe it’s all that romance floating around or maybe it’s all those ridiculously pretty osterias, but food hits a little different in Venice. The Serene Republic has a long history of innovative, world-leading cuisine that sits snugly with its historical role as a cultural hub and meeting point.
Flavours, ingredients and cooking styles have long collided here, so it makes a lot of sense that Venice’s best restaurants all have such different approaches to food and cooking. There’s a huge range of culinary delight on offer here – below are the best places to get a taste of that and much, much more.
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