Here we go, the fourth (and probably final) post in my Venice series, all about the good stuff: food.
Now let’s be honest. As someone who can’t eat gluten (I’m pretty darn allergic: stomach cramps, vomiting, rashes galore..), Italy probably wasn’t the finest choice of destination for me. I was worrying about how I was going to survive out the for 5 days, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I found..
Let’s start with the first meal of the day, breakfast. The hotel (read about that here..) provided us with breakfast every morning. I mean, I never quite understand continental breakfasts and I couldn’t eat all the delicious looking croissants, but bacon and eggs was a welcome sight, for sure!
Lunch varied, depending on where were were. Usually it was in the middle of our exploring, so we tried to find places close to us. Lunches included fresh seafood, risottos, and the occasional salad, all for reasonable prices. Generally, the closer we were to San Marco, the more expensive it was – so, for example, I ate in Burano (read about that here) for about 12 Euro, while I ate just outside San Marco (read about that here) for 25 Euro.
Dinner was where it got fun. On the first night, we found a place that served us, quite frankly, over-priced risotto, but we were too tired to try and find anywhere else. But from then on, the food got better and better. Two stand outs for me personally were the gluten free pasta and the gluten free pizza I had. I was so gutted to think that I wouldn’t be able to indulge in the stereotypical treats that Italy has to offer because of my allergy so I honestly almost jumped for joy when I saw two restaurants offering gluten-free options. In fact on the last night, I was certain I’d seen a gluten-free pizza sign the night before, but we couldn’t find it down the main strip of restaurants. 30 minutes later, I caught the gluten-free symbol out of the corner of my eye & I gave an almighty ‘woop’!
While I think about the evenings, let’s not forget about the gelato. All I can say is ‘wow’. I had such a variety of flavors – everything from black cherry to vanilla, hazelnut to salted caramel. The best gelato came from the small street stands – our favorite was the one by the main bridge.
So there it is, Venice summed up in 4 posts!