Behind an unassuming façade on a tiny alley just off Rio de le Do Torre in the San Polo sestiere—you could easily miss it—Osteria da Fiore offers a Michelin-starred dining experience, with the prices to match. The menu leans towards the riches of the Venetian Lagoon, so local shrimp, softshell crab and squid are the stars of beautifully plated portions. Unexpected pairings include linguine with peas and cinnamon, or raw shrimp with a peach sauce and burrata cheese, an extra-creamy buffalo mozzarella. If you’re really in the mood to celebrate, the wine list includes some breathtakingly expensive vintage champagnes.
Time Out tip: When you make your reservation (which you should do well in advance of your visit), request the outside table over the canal—the interior here is a bit dark and cavernous.
Ponte delle Tette: For a bridge whose name, when translated, is not fit to print here
Al Prosecco: For a cheerful wine bar where prosecco is king
Vetreria Pisani: For Venetian glass and housewares outside the touristy center