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Eating on a budget in Venice doesn’t always mean panini and pizza slices. This romantic taverna overlooks the Grand Canal from a small, charming piazza, and while the a la carte options can be pricey, the secret is to time your visit for the buffets. The 20€ lunch buffet is a fabulous deal, with fish soup, fresh pastas, seasonal vegetables, a choice of two or three quality main dishes (such as Venice-style liver with polenta, or pan-fried squid), a huge range of desserts, coffee, water and wine, all included. The evening aperitivo is an even better deal, just 8€ for as much smoked meats, sausage, salads, seafood risotto and pasta as you can eat, plus one spritz, vino, or Prosecco—and this is top-notch cuisine, more substantial than your average ciccetti, that plenty of locals enjoy, not just tourists. Normal service resumes after the buffet is cleared, with live music (Latin, soul, jazz) most nights at 8:30pm, but as long as you order a few drinks it’s fine to stick around to take in the scene.