We didn’t plan our meals very well in Venice, so by the time we arrived, most of the restaurants we wanted to try were booked. We did, however, find the BEST gelato and pizza of our entire vacation in Venice!
Antico Forno was so delicious that we went twice for lunch during our trip!
It’s nothing fancy- you can either order at the window or walk inside and eat at the tiny bar. There are lots of different pizzas to choose from and even different crusts like hand-tossed and a thicker option.
My favorite was the hand-tossed crust with Italian sausage, mushrooms, and crunchy radicchio. The combo of flavors was out of this world!
A glass of prosecco for me and an Italian beer for Jason and we were in heaven!
While we were eating pizza at Antico Forno (for the first time, haha), we looked up nearby gelato spots. We literally hit the gelato jackpot by stumbling upon Suso. GELATO PARADISE!
This was literally the best gelato (or ice cream of any kind) I have ever had.
We also visited Suso twice. My favorite flavors were Opera, which had a thick ribbon of Nutella running through it, and the strawberry cheesecake. It was perfectly creamy and tart. I can taste it now!
Suso and Antico Forno were certainly our most memorable dining experiences in Venice, but we also found other good eats.
Cichetti is really popular in Venice- they are essentialy small bites of Italian bar food that you can munch on while sipping a glass of wine and chatting with friends. We tried Osteria Ai Pugni for cichetti before dinner one evening and it was really fun! The place had a super cozy and chill bar vibe and the cichetti were fun to taste.
It was similar to bruschetta- slices of bread with different cured meats, veggies, and even smoked tuna. And of course a bottle of prosecco.
We ordered at least one bottle of prosecco at every meal during our time in Venice and I also had my fair share of my beloved Apperol Spritz.
Speaking of adult beverages, we checked out the world-famous Harry’s Bar on our very first day in town (I’m talking, straight off the airplane). Harry’s has a history of famous guests like Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, and, more recently, George Clooney. They are known for inventing the Bellini, so of course we had to try!
The bellinis were quite tasty, but we were all so tired that Harry’s was just meh for us. There are better spots in Venice for a drink, I’m sure.
My favorite dinner in Venice was Taverna Scalinetto. We were starving and tired after a day of exploring the Dolomites (the mountains at the Southern part of the Alps in Northern Italy!), so any meal would have sufficed, but we thoroughly enjoyed our experience!
The beef carpaccio was delicious, but I really loved the fried cheese bites on the side.
You know I’m a sucker for a cheese plate, and this did not disappoint! The cheeses were sharp and salty and paired perfectly with the sweet honey and preserves. The squid ink pasta was also a hit!
We definitely ate well in Venice, but Florence takes the cake in terms of food. Click HERE for everything we ate in Florence!