Venice is a reputably expensive city, and if you’re on a budget, you might be wondering if you’ll starve while you’re there! However, don’t worry: Venice has food for every kind of spender. Here’s what to eat and where to eat it to keep both your belly and your wallet full!
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A great place to start when you’re looking for cheap food is street food. The typical street food in Venice is called cicchetti. A chicchetto is a snack accompanied by a glass of cask wine. Each Italian restaurant (or osteria) prepares its own, and some osteria also make delicious and affordable sandwiches.
_Address: San Marco 5482 – Venezia, Italia_If you are looking for a yummy lunch break in the Rialto bridge area, this is the place to go! Sepa became famous in a very short time in Venice because of the food selection and cost. In fact, for a relatively low price, it offers an amazing selection of homemade cicchetti and the tastiest cuisine. Around 12 pm – 1 pm there is always a freshly-made risotto to eat on the spot, which changes each day.The place is not a restaurant, so do not expect to find many seats or tables: they serve mainly food on the go!
To find the best cicchetti in town, go to Dorsoduro. Once you’re there, quite close to the Accademia bridge, you’ll find an osteria called Cantinone gia Schiavi on the Rio San Trovaso. There, enjoy the original creations of Signora Sandra along with delicious panini.
For a quick meal, head to Rosicceria Gislon. Open seven days a week, it’s a cherished place for Venetians. It’s close to Campo San Bortolo and the Rialto Bridge. Their mozzarella in carrozza and baccala mantecato or alla cappuccina are unrivaled!
Vegetarians and vegans will love La Tecia Vegana in the outlying area of Santa Marta. Be aware that it’s closed on Monday and at dinnertime on Sundays. Their cuisine is made with 100% organic products and is so finger-licking-good that even skeptics will be swayed!
It’s no secret that students know where to find cheap food, and that’s true in the case of Bacareto da Lele. Located near the main building of the IUAV University in campazzo dei Tolentini, this is a place where students and workers flock to grab tasty and inexpensive panini, cicchetti, and a class of wine.
Trattoria dalla Marisa is a traditional restaurant on the left bank of the Canale di Cannaregio that keeps standing despite the growing homogenization in Venice. The food is delicious, but it’s also worth a visit simply for the unique experience itself.
The following are a few suggestions to eat on a budget in the area of Castello. If you wish to discover more, click here to find our locals’ selection on where to eat in Castello.
If you’re looking for amazing pizza and baccala mantecato, your best bet is Vecia Gina. Vecia Gina is a bar and restaurant on the former island of Sant’Elena at the eastern tip of Venice. The kind hosts, Barbara and Andrea, will do their best to make you feel at home.
El Refolo offers mouthwatering ciccehtti with very good wine to taste and enjoy. You can find it in via Garibaldi (one of the few streets called “via” and one of the widest).
Now you know! What are your favorite ways to dine on a budget? If you instead wish to find out which are our locals’ top restaurants, click here!