Venice is not known for pizza, partly because fire codes restrict the use of traditional wood-burning ovens, but the big, fluffy crusted pies here—made using natural mineral water—are the best in the city. They also do a mean T-bone steak, cooked tableside on a granite slab, accompanied by truffle or red pepper sauce, and some of the pastas are pretty good too—stick with seafood versions like cuttlefish, and the seasonal moeche (soft-shell crabs fried in batter) and schie, small gray shrimp caught in the lagoon. Wash it all down with the drinkable house wine, or for a change, tasty craft beers from Treviso-based 32 Via dei Birrai.
Al Vecio Canton
Castello 4738a (at the corner of Calle Ruga Giuffa)
Our Rating Neighborhood Castello-Riva Degli Schiavoni Hours Wed–Mon 11:30am–3pm and 6–10:30pm Transportation Vaporetto: San Zaccaria (head down the road that flanks the left side of the Hotel Savoia e Jolanda to Campo San Provolo; take Salizada San Provolo on the north side of the campo, cross the 1st footbridge on your left, and the pizzeria is on the 1st corner on the left) Phone 041-5287143 Prices Main courses 13€–20€ Cuisine Type Italian/Pizza Web site Al Vecio Canton Other Reservations not accepted.