I have been meaning to write this post for a while now because it brings together two of my greatest loves: eating great food and traveling to amazing places. Plus, Veneto is one of my favorite places on this beautiful earth and I definitely want to write more about our visit.
So many people go to Venezia and end up coming home disappointed with their time there because of the food and crowds. My friend, Autumn had a bad experience with her meals (other than gelato), and there are so many online threads talking about how bad food in Venice is.
If there is one thing that I cannot stress enough, it is this:
When you are planning a trip to Italy (or really anywhere), it is easy to find bad food. If you want to eat amazing food, do not go into your trip assuming that the cuisine is going to be good anywhere you go. For example, I know so many people that have told me, “Alex, it’s Italy! All of the pasta and pizza will be amazing.”
Did you know that Venezia has a ban on wood-burning ovens in the city? There are a few restaurants that are grandfathered in, but because of this ban, it is extremely hard to find really good pizza there.
On top of the wood-burning oven ban, Venice (and a lot of Italy in general) is a very touristy place. Unfortunately, locals know this and a lot of them like to profit off of the mistakes that tourists tend to make, like these mistakes:
– Can’t speak English? Why not choose a restaurant that has a English and Spanish and French and Dutch menus? Oooh, or even better – a picture menu!!
– In Piazza San Marco? Let’s just find the most convenient restaurant here!
– That pistachio gelato has to be so flavorful because it is bright green and fun.
Unfortunately, all of those thoughts above are some of the many mistakes that tourists make while traveling through Italy.
So, no – just because you are Italy does not mean that you will automatically find good pasta and pizza in a blink of an eye. If you want to find good food, keep reading. Here are some of my best tips on how to avoid tourists traps and eat good food in Veneto (or really anywhere abroad):
- Tip 1: Do your research
- Tip 2: Listen to the locals
- Tip 3: Know the local cuisine
- Tip 4: Avoid crowded places + menus in 10 different languages
- Tip 5: Look for artisanal gelato
- Tip 6: Drink your coffee at the bar