for cicchetti -- Cantina Do Mori La Zucca was great. We lunched there and went with all veggies. Highly recommend. Estro was recommended by an expat (also on the forums), and we met up there. Highly recommend, too.
Here are some recs from my most recent visit in 2017. As you may know, most places are very tiny, you should make reservations to be asurred of a table. I've starred my favorites. People eat quite late in Venice, it's not unusual to go to dinner at 9. Chichetti (bar snacks by the piece) are what people eat earlier with a spritz or wine, standing or at the bar.
**CoVino. The little sister of the better known Al Covo. Tiny, must reserve. Lighter takes on traditional dishes, take the 3 course menu.
Near San Marco:
Osteria da Carla. Old school
Osteria Ai Artisti. Modern Venetian, good.
La Bitta. No seafood, good meat. Cash only.
**Estro. Great wine bar and excellent food. Also good for a lighter meal in fun surroundings.
Two bars for Chichetti (fancy snacks, good for lunch or before a later dinner)
Cantina do Mori
**Osteria Ai Promessi Sposi. Excellent food, informal and busy, I love their scallops and Frito misto.
**Vini Da Giigio. My favorite! Reserve several days in advance. Scallop appetizer superb.
Pizzeria Trattoria Casa Mia. Good pizza.
Osteria Alla Fresca. Has quiet patio, nice food (I've found their secondi stronger than their primi) and staff.
Algiobagio. On the Lagoon, has nice terrace on the water. Pricey but good.
Osteria L'Orto die Mori
Anice Stellato. Traditional and reliable.
Estro is my personal favorite. Great crudo platter. Fabulous selection of wines by the glass.
Promessi Sposi--Probably need a reservation for this trattoria style place. Good fritto misto and deliciously rich vegetarian lasagne.
We were in Venice for 2 weeks this year, in May. We found Anice Stellato was less good than previously. Then heard they had changed hands.
Vini da Gigio is also a favorite of ours. Ask the server what's fresh and good.
Alle Testiere, my favorite for straight Venetian seafood, Co Vino--and Al Covo-- really need reservations.
My favorite fritto misto of this last trip was at Trattoria Veccio on Burano.
In fact, most popular places will need some advance booking.
My mouth is watering just remembering these meals!
Another vote for Ai Promessi Sposi. We’ve eaten well there several times. Nearby are Osteria Giorgione and Trattoria da Bepi già 54, both recommendations from a local who knew we were staying in Cannaregio. Good food at both; plus, a lively and interesting owner at the latter.
Alle Testiere was one of our best meals during our last trip to Venice, late January 2016. Their menu is available online, in case you want to avoid any surprises re cost. Alla Frasca had just reopened when we were there. We were disappointed but I don’t recall any details. Perhaps, the kitchen had not found its groove after vacation??
After a few very good meals at Anice Stellato years ago, we then had a poor experience. Mediocre mains and an inedible cake, compounded by indifferent service and a complete lack of concern about our disappointment. I’m pretty sure this was before the reported change in ownership.
As far as cicchetti, cantine del vino già schiavi in dorsoduro gets a lot of well deserved attention, but if you continue walking on Fondamenta Nani towards the zattere, you will reach Osteria Squero. Excellent cicchetti and wine choices. It is across the canal from the Squero di San Trovaso, the gondola builder.
Can’t wait until we are back in Venice next month. Enjoy!
If you're looking for traditional venetian food you can head to Trattoria al Gato Nero or to Ristorante Quadri. La zucca is also a very good restaurant. You could take a look at some of the best restaurants in Venice.
We were at Estro last night and had a great meal. Worth mentioning that the wine list is devoted to natural wines, another plus as far as we’re concerned.
Ai Promessi Sposi - again excellent. If you do not have a reservation and cannot get in, try Ombra1, a few feet away. We had a wonderful experience with the owner, Gianpaolo, tasting wine before our dinner at Sposi. We had an “educational” wine and food tasting lunch a couple of days later. He returned to his native Veneto after years as a chef/co-owner of a Michelin starred restaurant in Rimini.
Cicchetti and vino at Do Mori, perfection.
Alle Testiere good, but not great; some of the grilled fish was a little dry.