Antica Adelaide (Cannaregio, 3728)
Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere make this a great restaurant to visit. Whilst specialising in fish dishes, they also have numerous meat dishes on their menu. A carafe of wine is inexpensive and the food is great value and delicious. Look at for the lunch time deal which allows you to choose from a selection of vegetarian, meat, and fish dishes, accompanied with either rice or creamy mashed potato.
Gam Gam (Cannaregio, 2892)
Certainly a dining experience to be tried at least once whilst in Venice. Gam Gam serves tasty kosher food at a decent price. On a sunny day you can eat outside the restaurant by the Canal di Cannaregio and watch the world go by.
Ai Sportivi (Dorsoduro, 3052)
An amazing array of pizzas ranging from a simple margherita to unusual seafood toppings and even cavallo (that is horse to you and me) are served at this pizzeria. The pizzas are huge and if that isn’t enough you can order deep fried mozzarella balls and garlic bread to start. If you take Italian classes at Ca Foscari, this is a nice place to practice your lingo after lessons.
Trattoria S. Toma (San Polo, 2864)
One of the most friendly restaurants I visited in Venice located not far from I Frari, serving tasty pizza and pasta dishes. It is worth giving in to temptation and ordering some tiramisu here.
If your willing to spend a few extra cents…
You will inevitably pass La Catina on the Strada Nova. This little restaurant is certainly worth a visit, even though it is on the pricey side and portions aren’t huge and neither are the glasses of wine! They offer either a shared dish of mixed fish or a plate of meats. This was possibly the best fish I tasted in Venice, but I was pleased I wasn’t paying the bill at then end, the pleasure of which was left to my kind dad!
Another place to treat yourself, or let a kind family member treat you, is Da Rioba found along the Fondamenta de la Misericordia in Cannaregio. It is definitely worth booking at this place, as it is popular with locals. Don’t make the mistake that we did in turning up to a full restaurant and then walking up the road only to eat in quite possibly the worst restaurant in Venice, Antica Mola. Ignore the Rough Guide’s recommendations, unless you want microwaved pasta…