The smallest sestiere in Venice, Santa Croce includes the major car and bus terminal of Piazzale Roma and stretches to Santa Margherita and San Polo. Considered the most neglected of the six districts, it is taking its revenge and now the places where to eat in Santa Croce Venice proliferate.
Very close to Piazzale Roma is Ristorante Rio Novo on the homonymous rio: it dares profess to have the best seafood in town. From the street, it looks a bit seedy but it definitely is worthy of a visit.
You can always book a connection with a Prontopia local and get an in-person help any time of the day!
Near the main building of the IUAV university in campazzo dei Tolentini, Bacareto da Lele is the place where to hang out with students and workers taking a break with the tasty inexpensive panini and cicchetti and a glass of cask wine. You can also find other things to do on our previous article called 5 Things To Do in Santa Croce.
Walking away from the bustling area near the terminal, seize the chance to see the beautiful Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio: the church in the middle of the campo is a fascinating place rich in mysterious spots like the painting “The Miracle of Our Lady” where an incredulous man had his hands cut for not believing that the woman was actually the Saviour’s mother. The church was a stopover on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (Santiago is the Spanish name of San Giacomo or Saint James) and on the bell tower, a pilgrim is represented carrying the distinctive scallop. Once finished, hit Osteria La Zucca (closed on Sundays) that also offers a varied selection of veggie dishes on the menu.
Going towards Rialto, near campo San Cassian, you will find another place where to eat in Santa Croce Venice: Nono Risorto that has a garden in the front that is a refreshing site to have your dinner in a hot summer evening.
Looking for a real pizza? Three good options are in the sestiere. The traditional Pizzeria all’Anfora prepares large thin and crispy pizza with over 40 toppings to choose from. Around the city and in Mestre, there are a few pizzerie Ae Oche, but the one near campo San Giacomo is where the story dawned: 100 pizzas, regular or gluten-free, and pasta are on their menu. Al Muro San Stae opened only about 20 years ago but soon established as a dependable eatery offering delicious pizzas in addition to an appealing menu.
For a good hearty meal in a down-to-earth scene, go to La Patatina on the San Polo bridge.