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Close × – Venice Italy Golden retriever dog – A golden retriever east pasta in Canaletto Venice restaurant with its master.
The GOLDEN RETRIEVER is below the dining table whilst the owner drops spaghetti down on the floor to feed it.
The practice maybe normal to dog owners but not to those visitors who patronize the restaurant coming from areas outside of Venice.
Watching the Golden retriever dog eating Spaghetti in Venice Italy is something new.. This Gentleman enjoys his Spaghetti plain – whilst feeding his dog with Spaghetti Bolognese ( the dog can not be seen here, however it was enjoying the feast beneath his owner’s table).
Eating Spaghetti is a favorite of his dog – and his ( Spaghetti ) comes fully loaded Spaghetti in Venice Pasta is delightful.

Eating out in Venice can be a very unsatisfying experience for the casual traveler. With a local population of only 60.000 people and several millions tourists to feed each year, most restaurant owners in Venice couldn’t care less if you leave feelink like you have been ripped-off.
However Golden Retriever dogs are not always included when served a famous Spaghetti in Venice. Venetians in general are people who can show great attitude towards foreigners.
Nevertheless, this attitude, while not uncommon, is not generalized and, if you do your homework, you may still find some ‘local’ places to eat a good meal while paying prices only slightly higher than elsewhere in Italy.
To get a truly Italian experience it is always best to eat where locals eat. This means that the menu will be written only in Italian and you are expected to know what all of the items on the menu are. You should also keep in mind that Venice is a popular destination for Italians as well as foreigners. If you see a crowd of Italian speaking people seating outside of a restaurant, do not assume they are ‘locals’. Chances are they are tourists just like you.
As a quick rule of thumb: you should avoid all the places where a ‘tourist menu’ is advertised as well as those with pictures of the food on the outside. Waiters in bow ties or who tout for customers outside the door are also warning signs. Wine prices are another useful indicator. In an average restaurant you’d expect to find house wine (vino della casa) listed by the quarter and half-liter. Half of a liter should only cost something like 5 Euros. Watch out if they only serve bottles of wine at 20 Euros and above.
Although Venice is not considered to be one of the capitals of the Italian cuisine, it is nearly impossible for a traveler to miss one of the most rewarding holiday experiences: enjoying a good meal in a truly unique surrounding. At the very least, an evening meal represents an opportunity to refuel after a day full of activities. Being in Venice, you have to do your homework. Search the Internet for comments coming from people that has already been in Venice or ask a local contact if you know someone you can trust. Booking ahead is always a good idea, especially for evening meals, at busy times like summer weekends, and if you want a special table.
As for the various kind of food establishments, Venice is no different from the rest of Italy. A ‘ristorante’ generally indicates an upscale establishment, while a ‘trattoria’ is a more humble, traditional eatery, serving simple filling dishes. A pizzeria is a place where you can eat pizza; not really a specialty in Venice although there are a couple of decent pizza places. An ‘osteria’ (or ostaria) is similar to a trattoria, but with a slant towards drinking: instead of a full meal, you might have some wine along with a plate of food or a lighter snack. Like the osteria, a Venetian ‘bacaro’ offers a chance to eat some food in a less formal context. The busy Venetians frequently eat quickly and lightly, selecting snacks called ‘cicchetti’ from a display at the counter, then eating them standing or seated on stools.
In Venice restaurants (but this is true for the rest of Italy as well) you should expect to pay as much as 2 Euros per person on top of the price of what you have ordered. This is called ‘coperto’ and it accounts for the table dressing and the small basket of bread you will be provided. A few restaurants also add on up to 12% as an additional service charge although this is unusual and should be stated in the price list. Italians tend to tip a few euros rather than the 10% or more which is common elsewhere: However, there is no strict rule about tipping and in family-run restaurants where you are served by the proprietors it is common not to tip at all.


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