Looking for a typical Venetian taste? Osteria Ai Promessi Sposi is one of my favourite spots in Venice when I want to have such a dinner. Actually, the first reason to fall in love with this place is the location: close to Strada Nova but in a little street far away from the masses of tourists.
When I say “typical Venetian osteria”, I mean something like Osteria Ai Promessi Sposi. Basic furniture, a small room, wooden tables (small of course) and a traditional menu that never changes. And that’s the point, here you can taste what Venetian cuisine has to offer. The best and delicious way to start this experience is by ordering a mix of “cicchetti” (starters) such as “sarde in saor” and “baccalà” (a sort of marinated sardines or codfish).
The atmosphere is cozy and a little bit crowded. People go to Promessi Sposi not just to have dinner or lunch but to have a glass of wine (no spritz served here) and eat cicchetti. If you book in advance you can get the chance to have dinner in the nice little garden.