WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK IN VENICE’S REGION 

What to eat and drink in Venice’s region

Are you on a day-trip in Venice, wondering what to eat and drink in Venice’s region? Venice boasts a tastefully elaborated culinary tradition, mainly based on seafood dishes. Scroll to learn more.

Not to mention the vast and various production of wine, among which the most popular are Bardolino, Valpolicella, and Soave, originated in the lands of Verona. Another increasingly famous sparkling wine is Prosecco, produced on the hills of Valdobbiadene, Treviso Province. Grappa is a highly alcoholic beverage, similar to liquor, produced and stocked in the upland of Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza province.

In conclusion, you shouldn’t be worried too much about what to eat and drink in Venice’s region.

Tired of Venice’s bustle and hustle? join a wine tasting tour in the Prosecco Region. Venice Region boasts an excellent wines production and specializes in a variety of tasty local dishes that would delight the most demanding gourmand.

Discover what to eat and drink in Venice’s region, on these exciting sightseeing and tasting tours in the Prosecco Region, having a centenary wine-making tradition. By the way, don’t miss to add up one or more cooking classes to your route map!

Tyical Italian Venetial cake What to eat and drink in Venice's region

Tiramisu

TIRAMISU

Tiramisu, a classic Italian dessert made up of coffee, some characteristic cookies, called ‘savoiardi’ in Italian, and ‘ladyfingers’ in English. This cake is made of layered and a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, finally dressed with cocoa. Despite this recipe doesn’t originate in Venice’s region, Venetian bakers are well-known for making an excellent tiramisu!

Venetian Rotoloni

ROTOLONI

Venetian Rotoloni. These fun kinds of sandwiches are made with soft bread stuffed with various products such as cheese, ham, mozzarella, vegetables, and meat. Along with ‘trammezzini’ and other similar snacks, they belong to the category of Cicchetti, a kind of finger food/bites that amazingly combine with with a glass of prosecco or a spritz served at typical Venetian bars, usually on evening hours.

Polenta dish, a typical venetian dish What to eat and drink in Venice's region

Polenta

POLENTA

A typical dish from Padova and Treviso’s
provinces is polenta. It can be adapted to a vast selection of cheese, meat, and vegetable-based dishes.

A glass of prosecco wine What to eat and drink in Venice's region

A glass of Prosecco wine, a typical sparkling wine
originated in Venice’s region. To be exact in the
territory of Valdobbiadene (Treviso Province).

PROSECCO WINE

Prosecco wine is a source of pride for this region.

Prosecco allegedly originates in a village named after ‘Prosecco’ in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Although Prosecco DOC’s production concerns a more extensive area than Veneto, the only variant herein being tackled is Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG, solely produced in the province of Treviso, north-east of Venice. The second variant of Prosecco Superiore DOCG is produced in the territory of Asolo.

BELLINI COCKTAIL

Prosecco is also used to make another world-famous concktail: Bellini

A glass of spritz what to eat and drink in Venice's region

Spritz, a classic Italian cocktail made with
Aperol, or Campary, prosecco and soda.

SPRITZ

Prosecco is also used as a base for preparing an alcoholic beverage that has become popular across the world in the past few years: spritz, that first originates in one of the 5 provinces of Veneto region, Padua.

In 2019, the Prosecco originated in Conegliano e Valdobbiadene hills was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Spritz, a classic Italian cocktail made with Aperol, or Campari, prosecco and soda.
First originated in the city of Padua in the form of an evening drink taken on social events, it has become over time world-famous.

Other Wine Tasting Tours Ideas

Other typically refined wines and beverages in Venice’s Region are:

 

Amarone di Valpolicella

Breganze Bianco

Bardolino and Soave

 

Other sparkling wines (spumante):

 

Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze

Colli di Conegliano

Refrontolo Passito

Torchiato

Verdiso

 

Another world-famous alcoholic beverage is Grappa, produced in Conegliano, but mainly in Bassano del Grappa. Bassano del Grappa is a hill-top town located in Vicenza Province, spanning the Brenta River.

For a more detailed selection of wines and beverage produced in the Venice’s region, you can refer to Assovini’s official website (National Association of wine-makers and wine tourism).

To conclude, check out this website to get regular updates about all wine event programs taking place year-round in Treviso Province.

If you have managed to get here, you are most likely in search of advice about valuable wine tasting tours in the region of Prosecco.

To be really honest, so far I’ve only joined a couple of Prosecco Tours at two family-owned wineries in Valdobbiadene. After joining a very informative guided tour, we were invited for a wine tasting of excellent Prosecco and some savoury local bites in their wineries. What a priceless experience!

On the other end, I must confess that guided tasting tours in Valdobbiadene tend to be pricey. Partly because the only way to reach these wineries is via tricky steep hilly roads that all of a sudden get a little fuzzy.

Roads up there often lack clear road signs. In short, you better hire a local bus driver having a sound knowledge of the territory. Better if the driver knows more than one winery so that you can visit more wineries.

Many tour companies out there organize wine tasting tours in the Prosecco region. TripAdvisor and GetYourGuide post wine routes and tours regularly.

However, most tours in this area sound a little pricey. This blog contains valuable information and helpful tips about how to enjoy a few hours-tours on the Prosecco road on a budget. Have a look and get inspired!

An alternative gateway to Prosecco Road

OSTERIA
SENZ’OSTE

As the wine tasting tour ended, we were taken to a 19th-century hilltop farmhouse in Cartizze. From there, we could enjoy a splendid view over the hills of vineyards beneath. Peculiar to this place is the total absence of a host serving the visitors. The farmhouse’s owner, a winemaker living on a hill close by, decided to keep his winery doors open to tourists visit for a short visit.

Visitors are lucky enough that they can enjoy sensational views of the vineyard hills and taste local food (namely cold cuts, cheese, and bread), and naturally, the unmissable Prosecco.

All food and wine are available in the kitchen and in other parts of the house, where visitors can serve themselves everything they want in exchange for a modest fee to make via an automatic cash machine.

The Prosecco road is not the only chance to taste local excellence wine. You can alternatively join in other exciting and not-traditional wine tasting tours in Venice city to take a deeper dive into the Venetian Food and Wine local culture.

During one of these wine tasting tours, a cheap private local will let you enjoy the city vibes starting with a stop at a few typical Venice bars (so-called in local dialect ‘bacari), where you can finally taste the authentic Venetian aperitive.

Once in there, you can taste more than one Prosecco glass, including some local Venetian Appetisers called in local dialect cicchetti. All can be pleasantly done on a wooden boat docked alongside the Canal. During these local tours, you will get some inspiring tips about what to eat and drink in Venice’s region, and of course what places to see in Venice on a budget.

Don’t underestimate the invaluable help that an insider can offer you to get the most of your vacation in this amazing region.

Kid running at Tenuta dell'Oste in Venice region What to eat and drink In Venice's region

Kid running at ”Osteria senz’oste”, Giulia Cerocchi.

Venice’s regional cuisine

Not only wine but also food makes Venice a special attraction. Venice cuisine arises from humble traditions, hence recipes are simple, so are its recipes ingredients, but they are all equally superb.

This also explains why many internationally-famed chefs have been re-using Venice region recipes as a base for making more complex dishes. Every Province of n Venice region boasts its own distinctive cuisine.

Venice regional cuisine includes such a broad selection of dishes that it would be impossible to mention all in one go. Some of the most popular are: Rise.

It’s a characteristic dish spread all over the Venice region. It can adapt to a great variety of dressing, but the most used with it are peas, chicken, and seafood. Seafood dishes are eaten mainly at seaside towns. Most typical seafood dishes are scallops, scampi, and cuttlefish.

Province of Treviso is famous for its red radicchio. Radicchio is chicory cultivated in this Province peculiar for its slightly bitter aftertaste peering magically with lots of varied other dishes such as the most traditionally famous risotto al radicchio. What a delight!

A typical dish from the Provinces of Padova and Treviso is polenta.
You can combine it with various ingredients among which cheese, meat, fish, and vegetables.

Other Venetian Delicacies

Bassano de Grappa: famous for its tasty asparagus

Asiago Plateau: famous for its delicate cheese

Typical from the ancient culinary tradition of Venice is a marinated fried fish called in local dialect sard in saor. This dish consists of frying sardines in a pan, cooked with some garlic, vinegar, and other sweet and sour spices.

Frying cooking practice in Venice has extended up to encompass other ingredients such as vegetable ad shellfish, but fried sardines continues to be served almost everywhere. This dish in general is served as a snack, combined with a glass of wine or a spritz.

Venice region also boasts a varied tradition of cookies and pastries. The most typical cookies are the bussolai made with basic ingredients such as flour and eggs, and venetian zalletti, biscuits made from corn flour and raisins. Finally, another traditional delicacy typically from Venice are ”baicoli” cookies.

Traditional Carnival pastries are: galani, frittelle, castagnole, chiacchiere and fried cream.

A typical Christmas dessert cake is pandoro, originated in Verona and tiramisu, a coffee-cream cake. Actually, Tiramisu doesn’t originate in Venice, but Venetian bakers have become successful at dressing it amazingly.

What to eat and drink in Venice's region

Food Events in Venice

Sagra is a very popular and recurrent event in Italy year-round, devoted to raising awareness about specific products and the history behind them.

Many sagre are named after the specific name of the product displayed, for instance, the Sagra della Polenta, la Sagra della Melanzana, la Sagra del Frico and many more. Many sagre in Italy are related to food tradition but can be also related to other kinds of products and traditions, ranging from sport to other activities.

Here is a list of the most popular sagre recurring in the region year-round