Whether you’re feeling peckish, ravenous or just dying for dessert, then you must head to Castello for the sheer choice and variety in eateries. Castello is Venice’s easternmost district as well as its largest sestiere. What and where to eat in Castello?
Vecia Gina in Sant’Elena is our go-to pizzeria for wood-fired pizza. And while you’re there, their delightful freshly-made baccalà mantecato is something you must try!
Moving westward from Vecia Gina towards the centre of the city, you’ll arrive at Via Garibaldi, a wide street that used to be a canal which roughly divides the district in half. There, you’ll find Refolo where you must have a panino and a drink and just opposite is the restaurant Nevodi (which means nephews) for a delicious meal.
For something classy and in the splurge range, head west on the via to the riva, the quay from Sant’Elena to Piazza San Marco, and keep going until you get to Hotel Gabrielli. Its restaurant is open to non-hotel guests, and the good food is worth the extra euros.
In the small campo just behind the hotel, we like two trattorie for their excellent food: one is Vecio Portal and the other Il Covo. A few campi away in the general northerly direction of these two, are two more restaurants that we like. The first is a traditional ostaria converted long ago into a restaurant, Corte Sconta, whose name means “secluded courtyard”. We think you will enjoy dining in the vine-covered courtyard. The second, in the next Campo della Bragora, is Franz, a chic restaurant with a superb carte.
If you need to get to one of these hidden gems in Castello, book a connection with a Prontopia local and get in-person help from a friendly local arriving there easily.
Next on the gastronomic map, as we head towards the western boundary of Castello, along the Salizzada dei Greci, you’ll first find Pasticceria Chiusso with their excellent cakes and sweets. Further down you’ll bump into a couple of restaurants worth visiting: Oliva Nera (maybe a little overpriced) and Da Remigio for a taste of traditional cuisine.
Head northwest next, towards Campo Santa Maria Formosa. Once there, you will be a stone’s throw from Alle Testiere. We like this beautiful little restaurant and its equally tasty seafood dishes.
In the neighbouring pretty little Campo Santa Marina, we recommend the lovely little eponymous osteria. Their tasting menu is something to satisfy your taste buds. Further to the east, in Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, head to Barbaria delle Tole, and look for a side alley, where you will find the picturesque Alla Staffa.
One of the excellent pastry shops of the area is Bonifacio, near San Zaccaria, where we especially like to pair their pizzette with Americano coffee.
And on that note, we wish you buon appetito in Castello!