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budget dining in Venice and Bologna

Old Feb 18th, 2012, 05:00 PM
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budget dining in Venice and Bologna

My husband and I will be spending 3 nights in Bologna, followed by 5 nights in Venice in the end of March. Do you have any recommended reasonably priced restaurants in either place? thanks
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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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My favorite thing in Venice during the day was the cafes that had ready-made sandwiches in glass cases (egg, tomato, vegetables, meats, etc.) You could get to-go, or sit at a table (and use a restroom!). Also the stand-up bars along the sidewalks where you could get an espresso or glass of cold white wine.

Honestly I didn't have great luck with regular restaurants in the evening, so I do think you're wise to do some research on that.
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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 06:08 PM
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Venice isn't known for its cuisine. Traveling solo in Italy, I really tried to avoid sit-down restaurants when I could avoid them. In Venice, I found take-away pizza slices actually quite good and not expensive. I ate at Brek Ristorante (self-service cafeteria on the Strada Nuova, near the train station) a few times and it wasn't bad at all. If you have an apartment with a kitchen, you could make your own meal; there are a few grocery stores, and there is a fish market at Rialto in the mornings.

I was in Bologna only one night and had pizza randomly at some pizza place and lasagna at a bar for another meal (Bologna is a university town, lots of student life, so casual food at bars is common). Both the pizza and the lasagna were amazing. I've heard it's difficult to get a bad meal in Bologna, and I believe it.
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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 06:22 PM
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I don't have specific recommendations but if you're on a budget, don't eat near the main tourist areas, near the Rialto Bridge or St Marks Square. Find cafes or restaurants in quieter areas, or back streets, where locals may go.

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Old Feb 18th, 2012, 06:38 PM
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Here's a link to Peter_S_Aus's trip report on Venice from a little while back - lots of recommendations on eating as well as sightseeing and general info.
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