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OSTERIA DA FIORE
Calle del Scaleter, 2202
This Michelin-rated seafood temple is surprisingly unpretentious, though predictably pricey. The misto crudo (raw, marinated fish) and various risotti are perennials. Reservations required.
Piazza San Marco, 120
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
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.
Campo Sant'Angelo, 3803
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.
Santa Croce, 1459
Campo San Giacomo dall'Orio
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).
Lista di Spagna
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.
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.