6 ways to eat on a budget in Venice
1. Eat cicchetti, local-style
Where to go: Try somewhere like Al Merca, a small but popular wine bar located right next to the Rialto Markets. This hole-in-the-wall bar serves up a simple but delicious range of cichetti, as well as regional wines by the glass. To drink like a real Venetian try a spritz - a drink made up of white wine, your choice of an aperitif, and topped off with soda water.
2. Pick up pizza by the slice
Like most of Italy, you can by pizza by the slice for a quick and easy meal on a budget. You will find many pizzerias throughout the city, so you will never be too far away from a cheap meal.
Where to go: One of the best pizzerias in Venice is Antico Forno. This restaurant is easy to miss as it is squeezed between two other shops, but it is worth seeking it out for a delicious slice of this Italian favourite.
3. Eat away from the major tourist areas
Where to go: Head away from areas like San Marco and San Polo and head into the residential areas like Cannaregio or Castello. Here you can temporarily escape the crowds that descend on the city and find Venetians just going about their daily lives. Hotels in these areas often serve excellent local food at much more honest prices than the busier areas.
4. Don't sit down
Where to go: Most locals will find a quick bite to eat and catch up with friends at the many bàcari around the city, and the best ones are usually down side streets away from busier tourist areas.
5. Enjoy the street food of Venice
Venice has become a paradise for street food lovers. While you are visiting you should definitely try Mozzarella in Carrozza - a classic fried mozzarella cheese sandwich. You can also find a large range of fried fish, fried polenta, and battered vegetables, all of which will rival street food from other cities around Italy.
Where to go: There are many little snack shops all around the city, but there has been a revival around the Rialto and Campo San Polo areas. Go and seek out something delicious and cheap, all served up in little paper cones for you to take away and keep exploring.
6. Buy food in the markets
Where to go: These markets are located next to the iconic Rialto Bridge, and would be a great place to go food shopping if you are staying in an apartment or a hostel with a kitchen you can use.
If we do not want to spend too much and we are careful not to fall into the classic tourist trap, Venice can offer us lunches and dinners really good and cheap. The areas to avoid, if we do not want to remain "plucked" are Rialto and especially San Marco.
Areas where you can find local restaurants, taverns or bacari that offer good local food at reasonable prices is la Misericordia (The Timon, Paradiso Perduto, Rioba ...). Near Santa Marta instead we find Codroma and other inexpensive inns.
Venice is also famous for its street food, such as fried takeaway fish (Aqua and Corn) or sandwiches (Toletta, Tiziano). Every five minutes of walking we will meet in a pizza restaurant to cut, where you can taste slices of pizza, usually at a price of € 2 each. One of the cheapest ways to eat is also to buy food in supermarkets, which abound in Venice.
At San Polo, I recommend Le Do Spade, the Ruga and the Ciurma. Near the Basilica dei Frari there is a small bar called Nomboli, famous for its special sandwiches.