It’s tough to find something so authentic and local this close to the Rialto Bridge these days, but Do Spade has been around since 1415. Most locals come here for the cicchetti (you can sit on benches outside if it’s too crowded indoors), typical Venetian small plates such as fried calamari, meatballs, mozzarella, salted cod (mostly 1.50€), and decent wines (3€ a glass). The more formal restaurant section is also worth a try, with seafood highlights including a delicately prepared monkfish, scallops served with fresh zucchini, and a rich seafood lasagna, though the seasonal pumpkin ravioli is one of the best dishes in the city.
Sottoportego do Spade 860
Our Rating Neighborhood In San Polo Hours Daily 10am–3pm and 6–10pm Transportation Vaporetto: Rialto or San Silvestro (at San Polo side of Rialto Bridge, walk through the market to the intersection with a pharmacy and the Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia bank; take a left here and then take 2nd right onto Sottoportego do Spade) Phone 041-5210574 Prices Main courses 12€–21€ Cuisine Type Venetian Web site Do Spade