Off the Eaten Path Food Tour

Duration: 4 hours

Location: The Dorsoduro and San Polo neighborhoods of Venice



Get "Off the Eaten Path" -- eat home cooked food and support local businesses.

  • Enjoy a day in the life of a Venetian!
  • 7+ stops in neighborhood eateries, which includes all food and five alcoholic drinks.
  • Taste authentic Venetian specialties including foods like cicchetti, tramezzini, and risotto.
  • Eat and drink like the locals do, and we do it good!
  • Get "Off the Eaten Path" -- enjoy home cooked food and a chance to support local businesses!

Tours begin at 11am, please arrive 15 minutes early

Small tour groups of no more than 10 guests ensures a personalized and comfortable experience

All food tastings enough for lunch included in ticket price

Photography encouraged!

Tours will be conducted rain or shine; please dress accordingly, including comfortable walking shoes

Ages 14 and up

Restrooms available at most stops

Rated #1 Activity in Food and Drink in Venice, with a 97% 5-Star rating

Too many people think that Venice is just Piazza San Marco, the Basilica, and the Bridge of Sighs.  Venice is so much more.  Venice is a thriving city where people work and children go to school.  It doesn’t take long to get out of the maddening crowds, but if you are on limited time, trying to navigate your way through the Venetian calli (streets), then it can become frustrating.  That’s where we come in!  We can get you around the city, on foot, at a leisurely pace, where you can experience the local neighborhoods and eat local food.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

On this tour, you will get one of a kind Venetian food tastings:

We start off with a Caffe Corretto — this is the best way to start a morning!  From there, we head to Gia Schiavi, for some of the best cicchetti in the city, washed down with house wine.  Next, it’s time for a tramezzino, the Venetian sandwich, and of course, more house wine.  As a mid-day snack, we have some gelato — this isn’t dessert, it’s simply a palette cleanse for the forthcoming lunch.  After lunch, it’s then time for dessert, which we get at one of the best pastry shops in town.  And finally, we end with the Venetian Spritz.

Between tastings, you’ll receive a behind-the-scenes look at two of Venice’s most intriguing neighborhoods.  You will meet the chefs and the cooks, the owners and the servers.  You will meet our friends.  We will share our expertise of local customs and eclectic folklore so you can have an authentic Venetian experience, and the education you’ll need to navigate and eat in the fantastic city.


Our “Off the Eaten Path” Food Tour is perfect for travelers eager to discover the culinary secrets and old-world traditions of these extraordinary neighborhoods. Whether it is your first time to Venice or a returning guest, we guarantee that you’ll walk away with a greater understanding of the Venetians, their food and their beloved city.


Our “Off the Eaten Path” Food Tour helps you slow down and explore Venice’s neighborhoods of Dorsoduro and San Polo. Get away from the hustle and bustle of Piazza San Marco and the Rialto and instead, dive deep into the heart of these charming areas where many Venetians call home.

We have listed our main tasting locations below, keeping in mind that our stops may vary slightly depending on the day.

Bar Foscarini

Family owned for the past 25 years, start your day with Adriano and Luisa, and their sons Paolo and Simone, where they serve us our infamous "caffe corretto!"

Cantinone Gia Schiavi

A cicchetti stop (think of Spanish tapas), third generation family owned and operated, a favorite local hangout where the food is second to none.

Bar Alla Toletta

Tramezzini are chunky white bread sandwiches packed full of fresh ingredients. It's a Venetian staple, and Bar alla Toletta claims to have invented the tramezzino.

Muro Frari

An authentic Venetian tavern, specializing in seafood and meat dishes.

Pasticceria Rizzardini

Open since 1742, when there were only six pasticcerie in Venice, it is still family owned. We frequent this place for a very special sweet treat that we want to share with you!

Il Doge Gelateria

Owned by cousins Massimiliano and Mauro, they make some of the best gelato in the city, all made in-house with the best quality ingredients.


Serving up creative, delicious cicchetti and one of the best Spritz in Venice, all with a view that is unparalled.

We will meet in front of the Accademia Gallery in the Dorsoduro neighborhood, right beside the Accademia Bridge, located in Campo della Carita.

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This food tour is different, it is real, it has great integrity, and if you have any interest in food and drink, the way in which it's partaken, and the passionate people who prepare and present it, then you simply MUST take this tour, or ideally both tours, and repeat every time you come to Venice.

Peter R., Flitwick, England

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