Certainly one of the best things about traveling to Italy is the food. Mangia, mangia! In Italy there are thousands of restaurants and almost every one of them is Italian. I almost laugh when someone asks for a recommendation of where to eat, since most places I found in Italy were always excellent. Tutto erano buoni!
My favorite places are small, intimate restaurants where the owner of the restaurant acts as host, waiter, chef, or all three. Five years ago, when I traveled solo in Italy for three months, I often tended to eat earlier than the local Italians. Occasionally I was the only one in the restaurant, and those experiences are among my fondest in Italy.
I must admit, especially in Venice or Rome, it is easy to run into tourist traps when it comes to restaurants. It’s always better to ask the front desk clerk for a recommendation of where the locals go. I did this in Amalfi and was pleased with the result.
One of my favorite little restaurants is in Venice, and I discovered this little gem by accident. By little, I literally mean it has only six small tables. Anima Bella is on a side street or calle, Calle Fiubera. Not far from St Mark’s Basilica, this cozy restaurant’s ambience made me feel as if I were part of the family.
From each of the closely arranged tables a clear view of the kitchen allows one to see what is going on. I have been there three times, and two of the times the female owner, who cooked in the kitchen with one helper, also served as hostess and waitress.
The food was delicious and the prices were reasonable for Venice.
This one is worth a recommendation, but be sure to make a reservation, because after 7:30 pm you won’t get a table.
Have you had similar experiences of finding small out-of-the-way restaurants in Italy?
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