Venice restaurants and those in Veneto are often excellent, but Venice is also one of the best places in Italy to eat horrible food at inflated prices—my guide will ensure you avoid this.
Perhaps you have read elsewhere on the site that my family and I (me, Maria) have lived in Italy for over ten years. In that time we have discovered some superb restaurants.
Plus, I'm Italian and know good food, as my mother and aunts are the best "chefs" you will ever meet. Way better than any of those fancy Michelin "celebrity chefs". When you leave my mamma's home, you've eaten great food, and you can't eat another thing. When I leave a Michelin restaurant, I usually leave hungry and wondering what the heck I just ate.
If it isn't as good as my mamma's cooking, it's no good!
So the restaurants I choose must meet my mamma's standards, and no Michelin-starred restaurant in Venice or elsewhere will receive her approval. If those types of restaurants are what you are looking for, you can stop reading now.
These restaurants I feature don’t cater to the tourist trade but to locals, and you won’t find many of them in any guide book -- except perhaps in those catering to Italians.
What you will find are excellent restaurants serving local recipes and using only fresh seasonal ingredients. Italians often think foreigners only understand pizza and pasta, but though I am Italian, I know that isn't true.
My husband is a perfect case in point; although not Italian, he is now a fanatical fan of authentic Italian regional cuisines.
Another good thing about these restaurants is that you will find that the prices are a lot better than those in St. Marks Square and other such tourist traps.
• Trattoria Dona Onesta We haven't written a review on this one yet, but it is lovely, from the setting, to the service to the food. You won't be disappointed.
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