Let’s start by saying straight up that Venice is not most obvious place in Italy to eat pizza and there are many local Venetian specialities you should seek out when you visit. On our first trip to Venice over twenty years ago, we didn’t yet understand the regionality of Italian cuisine and were hugely disappointed by the pizza we tried. Since then, we’ve been back twice more, making sure to seek out and appreciate the dishes that Venice does best. But the good news is that on our latest visit we found these days, you can find also great pizza in Venice, and with a whole week in the city, we appreciated some variety.
Just a short walk from the Colonna C waterbus stop on the island of Murano, Versus Meridianem offers a full range of dishes including antipasti, pasta, fish and meat dishes plus an extensive pizza menu.
The entry way leads you into a large high-ceilinged dining room with stunning Murano glass chandeliers and huge windows onto the view of the Venetian lagoon. This room leads through to an outdoor garden area with plenty more seating in the sun or the shade.
We started with a plate of mixed charcuterie before sharing two pizzas, which the kitchen cut and served half and half. The Funghi Misti had garlicky button, honey and porcini mushrooms over tomato and mozzarella base. The Goduriosa featured sausage, onion, gorgonzola cheese and spicy salami on the same base. Both were absolutely delicious and great value at €9 and €13, respectively.
Ostaria Ae Botti
Ae Botti offers those lucky enough to bag an outside table the most incredible views from its Giudecca location across the water to Dorsudoro, on the main island. A few steps from the Giudecca Palanca SX waterbus stop, it’s very easy to get to on lines 4.1 and 2.
The restaurant offers a full restaurant menu, including a range of antipasti, fish and meat courses and desserts.
We loved the enormous plate of carpaccio we shared as a starter. We ordered from their separate pizza menu – one with italian sausage and the other with mixed vegetables – both pizzas were delicious with good quality toppings and a lovely dough base.
Find out more about eating out in Venice, and more of our favourite places.