Thursday, November 5, 2009

Eating In Venice

Here’s a compilation of food we stuff into our tummy in less than 24 hours on the island of Venice.


Gelato (Top Left)… That was the first thing we indulged in after checking in and putting away our heavy backpacks. The gelato from Igloo Gelateria was pretty good! This was better than the ones we had in Florence. Gelaterias were everywhere in Italy and we stumbled upon one which had more than 5 chocolate flavors (Top Right).


Our dinner was a pleasant find. We stumbled upon Rosticceria Gislon (near San Marco, I think) while walking around Venice for a place to eat. I have a feeling Rosticerria Gislon might be their old name and the new one being Rosticceria San Bartolomeo. Plenty of yummy food for Euro 40 for 4 ppl! Just point to what you want, order as much and pay up later. They will heat up the food and bring it to your table. Yummy Seafood Lasagna (Top Left) and we paid about Euro 6. Gonna try to attempt something similar next time! Yummy Ravioli (Top RIght), also about Euro 6.


Rosticceria Gislon / San Bartolomeo also offers cheap, fresh piping hot Italian Snacks for Euro 1-2 (Top Left). We were definitely glad we stumbled upon this restaurant!! Oh yeah, a liter of their house wine is Euro 8.

Mushrooms and Ham Calzones (Top Right) which costs about Euro 3. It was delicious lunch on the go for us! =)


Something like Pizza Margherita in a boat shape (Top Left). It was delicious, cheese-ey, tomato-ey, but cold. We paid about Euro 4 for a piece of this which was sold at Euro 2.20 per Etto (per 100 gram) by an old grumpy lady who was pissed I don’t speak Italian. =P We thought it “Etto” meant each.

You’ll see many shops selling many delicious Italian food (Top Right) along the streets of Venice. Many of the food (i.e Pizza, Cakes) were sold by the weight. Now, this is something I was not accustomed to when buying prepared/cooked food.


Sweet Cannelloni / Cannoli (Top) we got to go to eat on the train! These were one of the yummiest cannelonis I’ve had. One with sweet cream filling, another with hazelnut chocolate filling. We saw many pastry shops in Venice compared to the next 2 cities (Florence & Rome) we went in our trip. Maybe we just didn’t look hard enough for them! =)


I saw many locals drinking this orange colored drink and wasn’t sure what it was. I read in my travel book to enjoy a glass or Spritz when in Venice. I saw it at a cafe and ordered a glass of Spritz (Top) and paid only Euro 2.50 for this yummy cocktail. It was the orange cocktail I’ve seen the locals drinking during our stroll along the streets of Venice. Spritz apparently is a local drink often enjoyed in the afternoon and in the evening.

According to Wikipedia: “The Spritz is a wine-based cocktail commonly served as an aperitif in northern Italy, especially in the Veneto region and surrounding areas. The drink is prepared with white wine orProsecco wine, a dash of some bitter liqueur such as Aperol, Campari, Select or Cynar. The glass is then topped off with sparkling mineral water. It is usually served over ice in a lowball glass (or sometimes a martini glass or wine glass) and garnished a slice of orange, or sometimes an olive, depending on the liqueur. The drink originated in Venice while it was part of the Austrian Empire, and is based on the Austrian Spritzer, a combination of equal parts white wine and water.”

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