Popular and Unique Venetian Cuisine

Italy is abundant in eclectic dishes, and Venice offers terrific opportunities for families to bond over new food experiences.

No matter where you choose to go throughout the country, you’ll get an entirely new dining experience.

For instance, you’ll enjoy Venetian cuisine when you head toward the lagoon. If you head toward the Adriatic Sea’s shores, you’ll experience traditional seafood dishes. 

Dishes That Are Unique to Venice

Of course, upon visiting Venice, you must try some of their most authentic, delicious dishes.

 So, if you need help determining where to begin, here is a list of the most popular delights.

Spaghetti in Nero di Seppia

This charcoal-colored pasta-looking dish is pieces of squid slow-cooked in tomato sauce. 

The charcoal color comes from the squid ink, which is added after the preparation. 

Sarde in Saor

Over a reduced flame, onions are cooked until they become transparent and fragrant.

 Pine nuts, raisins, and sardines are mixed with the onions to create this delightful dish.  

Fritto Misto

This divine dish is simply shrimp, fishballs, and calamari, all breaded and deep-fried to perfection. 

Although many restaurants serve this dish, they all add their own flavors, bread topping, and touches, so don’t hesitate to try them all!

Baccala Mantecato

For hours, dried codfish is cooked until the bone is nearly dissolved. 

It is then creamed with oil to the most impeccable consistency. 

This makes a tremendous late-night spread for bread and is even better paired with some Venetian wine. 

Bigoli in Salsa

Onions, anchovies, and fennel seeds are added to the sauce of this magnificent Venetian whole wheat pasta dish. 

This is one of Venice’s signature cuisines and a must-try!


These delectable doughnuts are the perfect mid-day treat overfilled with cream or raisins and candied orange peel and dipped in sugar. 


This snack entails using pieces of bread in the shape of a triangle and filling them with delicious foods such as cheese, tomatoes, artichokes, olives, and more.

 The options are endless!

Moeche Fritte

These small crabs are breaded and fried whole without the shell. 

You will find this delicacy served at many fancy Venetian restaurants. 

Fegato Alla Veneziana

This dish is a Venetian past-time.

 In fact, it’s a past-time for many cultures. It is liver fried up and laid over a bed of slow-cooked onions.


These vibrant-colored violet artichokes are picked prematurely and then boiled.

 You won’t have to peel it. So take a bite, and enjoy!

While Venice’s sites and history draw most people to the city, the food is worth traveling for! So are you ready to indulge in some authentic and mouth-watering Italian cuisine? 

If you’re unsure where to start planning, we’d love to help you. We work with many different budgets and styles of travel. Reach out today to arrange a quick 15-minute chat at a time that suits you. 

Email us at: donna@treasuredstoriestravel.com or laura@treasuredstoriestravel.com

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