When I travel, I like to dedicate myself to a particular type of shopping: the food and wine one. This particular passion also caused me some problems in the past: in Porto, I threatened airport operators to eat all the sardine boxes I had stupidly put in my hand luggage. Luckily they were so cute that I was able to get my luggage back up and send my precious boxes bought in Lisbon.
And when in Venice? Can you do food and wine shopping?
Of course yes.
Let’s start with wine.
My favorite address is Millevini, a stone’s throw from Rialto. In this wine shop: they have not only excellent local wine but also an excellent choice of Italian wines. Lorenzo, a sommelier, has been on this square since 2001 and in addition to wine, he also offers balsamic vinegar, rum, whiskey gin and liqueurs and under Christmas also other typical products of the year. The wines can be shipped anywhere in the world and this is a great advantage if you don’t want to weigh down your luggage too much.
We continue and we just pass the Rialto Bridge.
One of the historical addresses is Casa del Parmigiano. Consider that its history started in 1936 when Albino Aliani left the Parma countryside to open this business in Venice. Over the years, in addition to Parmesan and other cheeses that are always excellent, cured meats have been added, including the famous Parma ham, always taking care of the search for quality. There are numerous annual fairs in which the owners participate to keep constantly updated on this sector. This shop is a point of reference for the Venetians but it has also become a reference for travelers who want to take home some souvenirs, obviously in suitable travel packs. If you are coming from the States, please remember you cannot import meat in the country.
For a couple of years, another address is Cibo in Calle dei Fabbri. Nicola Agostini, the owner, calls it a “food boutique” and so you have to imagine this shop that offers the products of some of the best Italian producers. So let’s go-to prosciutto and salami, cheeses, different truffles depending on the season, pasta, sauces, and very high-quality wine. Here too, obviously, travel packaging is a must. This is also an excellent solution if you have rented an apartment and want to have dinner at home for one night (there is also a bakery and a fruit and vegetable shop nearby and you’re done).
Baccalà Veneto, instead, has only been open for a month, still in the Rialto area. It is gastronomy (excellent so if you have rented an apartment and want to try some local specialties) but that has an interesting novelty. In fact, it sells creamed codfish (a typical recipe of salted stockfish) in delicious cans to take home as a souvenir. So not only can you take home a souvenir that will not be forgotten in the memory drawer, but you can have friends try this specialty at home (which you will certainly appreciate better than a mask or a magnet).
And let’s move on to the sweet part of the tour because I know you were waiting for it.
Just a stone’s throw away from where Marco Polo is said to have lived, find VizioVirtù, a chocolate shop. The adventure begins in 2005 and, in this chocolate boutique, you find this food of the Gods in many forms. If it is summer, obviously there is ice cream and if it is winter, hot chocolate, but all year round you will find pralines for all tastes, chocolate truffles, gianduiotti, spreadable creams and real artistic creations like chocolate masks. So here you go on the safe side and if you want to learn something you can also do guided tastings. If you liked the products you chose, you can also re-plan them because of their e-commerce ships directly to your home.
Is your favorite breakfast bread butter and jam? Then jump to Stringhetto which has opened two stores in the city. As fruit merchants, the Stringhetto have created their jam empire: 40 flavors including jams and spreads. I especially like the fact that in the jams there is only the reference fruit and fructose, no other strange things. The quantity of fruit inside is excellent: for example, in figs jam 180g of fruit were used to obtain 100 g of the finished product. Even here there is e-commerce that sends across Europe so there is no need to leave Venice full of jam as a sherpa.
f your stay in Venice also includes a trip to Burano, don’t forget to stop by and buy Palmisano biscuits. This story also begins in the distant past: in 1926 Antonio Palmisano inaugurated an oven in which the women brought to cook the “bussolà”, a donut with very simple ingredients (flour, sugar, butter and egg yolk), a typical Easter cake. Starting in the 1950s, the actual production of the oven (which in the meantime has also created new products by adding the filling) the production reaches the various shops in Venice and since then the success continues. Take a little ‘to take home and to sip at the time of coffee or dessert: however what you have finished them think their e-commerce has sent you a piece of Burano directly at home.
These are my favorite addresses: I hope that by following these directions you will be able to take home some of the flavors you have tasted in the city.
Here you will also find their locations on the Venice map but they are obviously at your disposal to take you on tour.