Tradition, innovation and creativity: Where® highlights some culinary destinations to whet your appetite at several top hotels in Venice.
Where® brings you a round-up of Michelin-starred restaurants for true connoisseurs of taste!
c/o San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice.
Isola di San Clemente, 1. T: 041 4750111.
The gourmet cuisine of Acquerello restaurant enhances the flavours of Italian and Venetian tradition with creative and surprising combinations of Executive Chef Giorgio Schifferegger. PASSION TIP Its view is as breathtaking as its food: situated next to the XIIcentury church of San Clemente, the restaurant, boasting a large terrace, is located next to one of the island's private landing stages. Open for dinner: 6.30 pm-10.30 pm. Hotel's complimentary boat from piazza San Marco. Off Map
Aman Venice Restaurant
c/o Hotel Aman Venice. Palazzo Papadopoli. San Polo, 1364 (Calle Tiepolo). T: 041 2707333.
The exclusive restaurant offers a delightfully unique menu, thanks to several specialties created by starred Milanese chef Davide Oldani, who infuses his culinary offerings with all the vibrancy of his ‘pop cuisine'. PASSION TIP Standouts, for those who haven't yet tasted them, include his timeless ‘cipolla caramellata' (‘caramelized onions') and ‘Zafferano e riso' (Saffron and rice'). Vaporetto line 1 (San Silvestro stop). Map E4
c/o Centurion Palace Venezia.
Dorsoduro, 173. T: 041 34281.
Fronting the Grand Canal, this is the ideal place for a romantic dinner, boasting a decidedly designer-style décor and a soft, evocative colour scheme. In addition to the à la carte menu you can also choose from a selection of typical gourmet Venetian dishes, the perfect way to soak up the flavours and atmospheres of the lagoon city. Vaporetto line 1 (Salute stop). Map E5
c/o Hilton Molino Stucky.
Giudecca, 810. T: 041 2723311.
Here you can taste authentic Mediterranean cuisine, offering a choice of pasta, meat and seafood dishes, created using only the freshest ingredients based on traditional recipes. Recognized by well-known international gastronomic association “Chaine des Rotisseurs”, Aromi is the ideal spot to celebrate a special occasion. Open on a seasonal basis, the Aromi restaurant offers guests a summer terrace with a fabulous view over Venice and the Giudecca Canal. Vaporetto line 1 or 2 (Palanca stop). Map C6
c/o Baglioni Hotel Luna.
San Marco, 1243. T: 041 5289840.
Winner of the Fogher d'Oro and Gambero Rosso awards, the Canova boasts an intimate, elegant atmosphere. Chef Daniele Zennaro offers menus and tastings featuring the best of traditional Venetian cuisine. All dishes are made using only the freshest, high-quality ingredients, rounded off by a wine list offering a wide selection of national and international labels. Vaporetto line 1 (San MarcoVallaresso stop). Map F5
Club del Doge
c/o The Gritti Palace.
Campo Santa Maria del Giglio. T: 041 794611.
The restaurant welcomes guests for a romantic dinner or lunch overlooking the Grand Canal, where a welcoming ambience and authentic upscale cuisine make each culinary experience a truly special one. From April to October (weather permitting), guests can dine on its stunning panoramic terrace. Dining daytime (informal) 12pm-6pm. Dinner daily (formal) 7pm- 10pm. Vaporetto line 1 (Santa Maria del Giglio stop). Map E5
c/o Hotel Bauer Palazzo.
San Marco, 1413/d. T: 041 5207022.
For a romantic canal side dinner, set against the backdrop of the historic Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. Those in search of a more intimate experience can opt to dine in its elegant dining room, furnished with classic period pieces, reminiscent of the ancient pomp and splendour of the Serenissima. Vaporetto line 2 (San Marco-Vallaresso stop). Map F5
c/o Hotel Londra Palace.
Castello, 4171 (Riva degli Schiavoni). T: 041 5200533.
The Do Leoni restaurant, one of the temples of Venetian cuisine, pays homage to the symbols of Britain and of Venice. Chef Loris Indri combines the traditions of classic Venetian fare with more creative dishes, to titillate the palates of even the most discerning diners. The chef's culinary art is further enhanced by its two atmospheric dining spaces: an indoor dining room whose decor includes artistic crystal and original paintings and its summer Veranda on the Riva degli Schiavoni. Vaporetto line 1 or 2 (San Zaccaria stop). Map G4
Dopolavoro c/o JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
Isola delle Rose, Laguna di San Marco. T: 041 8521300
Aptly named ‘Dopolavoro', which means after work. The renowned name of Giancarlo Perbellini is behind this new restaurant housed in a building dating from 1936 on its own private island - the Isola delle Rose, right out in the Venetian lagoon. After a day of business meetings or exploring Venice, enjoy delicious gourmet recipes with an individual flavour and skilful light touch - the true mark of a great chef.
c/o Palazzo Venart
Santa Croce, 1961 (Calle Tron). T: 041 5233784.
Headed by twice-Michelin starred chef Enrico Bartolini and located in a historic palazzo on the Grand
Canal it offers an interpretation of contemporary Italian cuisine. Bartolini focuses on his experience and research-based use of locally-sourced Venetian ingredients and re-imagined with an innovative twist. Vaporetto line 1 or 2 (San Stae stop). Map E3
c/o Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal
San Marco, 1332. T: 041 5200211.
A meeting place for gurus of the world of economy and finance, journalists and artists, actors and writers, it looks out directly over the Grand Canal. Both lively and intimate, its terrace combines the pleasures of the palate with an evocative view over the lagoon. Here you can enjoy the typical dishes of Venetian tradition, from the delicacies of the sea to the vegetables, expressed with maximum taste and harmony. Map F5
Il Giardino Segreto
c/o Boscolo Venezia. Fondamenta Madonna dell'Orto, 3500 (Calle Larga Piave). T: 041 2208110.
Venice meeting point for lovers of fine cuisine.
In an elegant and intimate atmosphere, you can enjoy international specialties and delicacies of the Italian cuisine, created by highly skilled chefs and accompanied by a wide selection of wines and champagnes. In the springtime and summer the blooming garden offers you a unique view for your lunch or for your very romantic dinner. Vaporetto line 4.2 or 5.2 (Orto stop). Map E1
c/o Ca’ Sagredo Hotel.
Campo Santa Sofia, 4198/99. T: 041 2413111.
Boasting a magnificent panoramic terrace over the Grand Canal, L'Alcova is ‘the' temple of traditional Venetian cuisine for real connoisseurs.
PASSION TIP Its dining room faces directly over the Canal, in front of the historic Rialto Market, from which the restaurant sources the ingredients for its menus, accompanied by an astute selection of wines from various regions of Italy. Open: lunch 12pm2.30pm, dinner 7pm-10pm. Vaporetto line 1
(Ca' d'Oro stop). Map E3
c/o Hotel Saturnia
Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2399. T: 041 5208901.
Opened in 1963, it completes the services offered by the Hotel Saturnia with a touch of culinary excellence thanks to its fabulous Venetian cuisine updated with a contemporary, gourmet twist. Its evocative, romantic ambience conjures up the colours and furnishings of an ancient Venetian vessel. In summer, guests can dine ‘al fresco' in its picturesque, internal Venetian courtyard. Vaporetto line 1 or 2 (San MarcoVallaresso stop). Map E5
c/o The Westin Europa & Regina
San Marco 2159. T: 041 2400001.
For a regenerating lunch break or for a romantic dinner, La Cusina is the ideal place to enjoy a combination of taste and relaxation. Choose a table overlooking the Grand Canal to enjoy a panoramic view of the city's historic architecture, while savouring the restaurant's seasonal dishes which enhance the rich local flavours of Venice and the islands of the lagoon. Vaporetto line 1 or 2 (San Marco-Vallaresso stop). Map E5
c/o Starhotels Splendid Venice.
San Marco Mercerie, 760. T: 041 5200755.
Loved and patronized by Venetian locals, it is set against the backdrop of a luminous ‘Campiello', a typical Venetian courtyard. Here you can sample authentic Venetian cuisine, featuring both meat and fish-based dishes. A truly gourmet experience, guaranteed by its partnership with Eataly, makes Le Maschere one of the most unique and original restaurants in Venice. Vaporetto line 2 (Rialto stop).
c/o Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
Giudecca, 10. T: 041 240801.
Experience Venice's top taste sensation at this enchanting Michelin-starred restaurant. Oro reflects the romantic spirit of Venice: take your seat beneath Murano glass chandeliers and the golden ceiling, from which the restaurant takes its name, and try the specialties inspired by Italian tradition. Vaporetto line 4.1 (Zitelle stop).
c/o Palazzetto Pisani
San Marco, 2814. T: 041 5232550.
Located in the noble floor of Palazzetto Pisani, facing the Grand Canal, here you can savor refined Italian and gourmet food in a typically Venetian ambient. Particular events are often organized in this space. Moreover, try out the Balcony experience, a romantic and unique experience just for two persons on a private balcony facing the Grand Canal, simply enjoy an aperitivo in Venetian style, an exclusive dinner or even a continental breakfast. Vaporetto line 1 or 2 (Accademia stop). Map E5
c/o Hotel Danieli
Riva degli Schiavoni, 4196. T: 041 5226480.
A trip to discover traditional flavours. Executive Chef Dario Parascandolo will treat you to an exclusive gourmet experience, with a menu featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Don't miss the breathtaking view over the lagoon. Vaporetto line 5.1 (San Zaccaria stop). Map F4