This sleek café is a favorite lunchtime haunt for professors from the nearby university and local businesspeople. Unlike in more traditional places, it's quite acceptable to order only pasta or a secondo, without an antipasto or dessert. Although the restaurant is also open for dinner—and you can dine well and economically in the evening—the real bargain is lunch, where you can easily have a beautifully prepared primo or secondo, plus a glass of wine, for around €12–18.
There's also a good selection of sandwiches and salads. The attentive staff speaks English, although you may be the only non-Venetian in the place. Unlike most local eateries, this spot is open from breakfast through late dinner (with tea and chocolate served late afternoon).