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Venice - any addresses for restaurants ?

Good evening all,

Hoping to go to Venice next weekend and wonder if anyone has any good addresses for restaurants ? Not looking for gourmet-style restos due to budget restrictions, but authentic italian food - I've been told Venice can be a rip off for tourists. Have always found wonderful advice on English Forum so I look forward to any tips you may have (is there such a thing as a reasonable gondola ride ?).
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Re: Venice - any addresses for restaurants ?

When I last went to Venice with friends and family we separated and when we got back together later we discovered that we had both taken gondola rides. They had picked one up which was with a large group of other gondolas and we had walked through the streets and found one gondola which was parked up alone and asked if he could take us. We paid half the cost that our friends did although I can't remember the cost now.

I will never forget the feeling I got when we entered the Grand Canal - it was magical.
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Thank you Smackerjak - am really looking forward to it !
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Re: Venice - any addresses for restaurants ?

Could be tricky due to the time of the year, but getting a gondola just as twilight falls is a great experience.
You're likely to only do it once so don't take too short a trip.
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Re: Venice - any addresses for restaurants ?

Trattoria Altanella Calle Erbe on Giudecca.
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Re: Venice - any addresses for restaurants ?

Well, it is a quite time in Venice- and restaurateurs will be that much keener to see you than later in the year. We went in November, and were very disappointed that tourist set menus were the practically the same in all restaurants- and it was very boring by the end of our stay. Everybody was very friendly, perhaps because they were not busy.

Now just for the experience and decor- and treat it like a 'Museum' visit- go to Café Florian on St Mark's Square. Splendid and waiters in white regalia- but do NOT eat- black coffee is about 9 Euros. Worth it, just for the once.
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I'll have to dig up my old notes on where we went. For sure, get off the touristy squares and into the back streets. There are some real gems. We did have a hot chocolate (ciocolotto?) on St. Mark's Square - could have been at the Café Florian - 12 Euros but worth every drop. It was a pot of melted chocolate and a pot of foamed milk, and you mixed as you wished. It easily serves two.
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