VENICE

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OSTERIA DA FIORE
Calle del Scaleter, 2202
San Polo
Tel: 39-041-721-308

This Michelin-rated seafood temple is surprisingly unpretentious, though predictably pricey. The misto crudo (raw, marinated fish) and various risotti are perennials. Reservations required.

QUADRI
Piazza San Marco, 120
Tel: 39-041-522-2105

Of course the ristorante, established in 1638, is a tourist magnet, but ordering an alfresco aperitif in Europe's most famous piazza remains a vacation essential nonetheless.

AL GATTO NERO DA RUGGERO
Fondamenda della Giudecca, 88
Burano
Tel: 39-041-730-120

This relaxed eatery on the island of Burano is a choice spot to enjoy a plate of fritto misto, or seafood pasta on a summer's day; don't pass up the sweetmeats made in-house.

ACQUA PAZZA
Campo Sant'Angelo, 3803
San Marco
Tel: 39-041-277-0688

This is the place to go for thin-crust brick-oven pizza made with mozzarella di bufala and extra-virgin olive oil. Star chef Marcella Hazan has dubbed Acqua Pazza the best pizzeria in town.

IL REFOLO
Santa Croce, 1459
Campo San Giacomo dall'Orio
Tel: 39-041-524-0016

Don't be fooled by Il Refolo's ultracasual facade. This pizzeria is owned by Damiano Matin, the son of Da Fiore's owners, Maria and Maurizio Martin. A Venetian must, except during the winter months (when it's closed).

MIRAI
Cannaregio, 227
Lista di Spagna
Tel: 39-041-220-6517

Venice's first and premier sushi restaurant is popular with urban dwellers jonesing for a fix of fresh fish. The romantic outdoor garden is the perfect setting to enjoy the omakase special.

ALLE TESTIERE
Castello, 5801
Tel: 39-041-522-7220

Laid-back but bustling, this superior osteria has a great wine selection and a menu with a few surprises up its sleeves. Try the fine seafood, or sample from the large selection of tasty cheeses.

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