When in Lido, be for a trip to the beach or a helicopter flight over the lagoon, a break for ice cream or a full meal is due. These tips on where to eat in Lido, regard the town near the ferry terminal.
Some cafés front onto the broad avenue starting from the terminal, Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta or simply Gran Viale. Probably the best gelateria is Le Magiche Voglie: try their chocolate gelato and you’ll be thanking me for the rest of our lives. If you want to sit and taste your ice cream, hit Bar Maleti, Garbisa or Da Tita. At the corner with via Lepanto is a good patisserie, Al Canton del Gallo.
For a quick meal, in the summertime, you’ll find many options, especially on the seafront. The many so-called chioschetti (kiosks) open up their sides and sell freshly-made panini and the likes. One of the best is El Pecador, most commonly known as Peca, which is in an old London double-decker bus. Once had one of their paninis, you’ll be thinking of them with your mouth watering. Other kiosks are near the beaches along the whole length of the island, from the north-eastern tip of San Nicolò to the south-western end of Alberoni. On the street leading to Malamocco and Alberoni, is Gastronomia Zanon that sells a wide choice of takeaway food.
For a sanctioned meal, a good moderately-priced restaurant is Trattoria Da Andri on the picturesque via Lepanto along a canal (I forgot to mention: yes, Lido does have a few canals). You can’t but taste their seafood. Lovely food is also served at the cosy Trattoria Africa, in a side street of via Lepanto. The name of Bio Sound System Vegan-Vegetarian Bistrot says it all: go there if you want to be healthily satisfied with vegan and vegetarian dishes. It’s very close to the ferry terminal.
When in beautiful weather you want to take a break from your sunbathing, go to Pachuka, near the Nicelli aerodrome. In a relaxed atmosphere, this pet-friendly open-air restaurant serves both à la carte and from a buffet.
Ristorante La Favorita has a more refined ambience. Prices are a higher but it’s worth the spending. It’s very popular, especially during the film festival, so it’s always better to book a table. On the terrace of the Excelsior, one of the oldest 5-star hotels of the island, the Tropicana welcomes also guests who don’t stay at the resort. The setting is fabulous, the view is astounding, particularly at sunset, and the impeccably-served food is exceptional.