If you visit Venice and you love food then you must pay a visit to the Rialto market.
As you walk from the station towards St. Marks square, where most tourists head to, I would recommend a visit to this extensive and vibrant food market.
Recently I was in Venice with my family and when we arrived there our first stop was in fact the Rialto market. I really wanted to visit the fish market and get some lovely fresh fish to cook for dinner.
And indeed I was not disappointed! There was all the fish you can possibly fish for there.
Fresh clams, scallops, tuna, seabass, swordfish… and all super fresh with beautiful colours and textures and some of it still kicking!
There were eels and crabs attempting to escape too! Fish does not get fresher than this!
They say that you eat with your eyes first and looking at the beauty of this fish I just felt so hungry all of a sudden even if I just had lunch!
They say that when you visit a place and you need to buy food you should go where the locals go. Well, I have seen many locals here buying their daily supply of fish, vegetables, fruit and also other foods you can find, like rice for risotto for instance.
Do you know “Canocchie” also known in Venice as “Canocce”? This is a type of shrimp very common in the Adriatic sea and in other parts of the world like Australia. I have always loved this type of fish to be served as an antipasto with just a little bit of olive oil and parsley, so I bought some to take home.
In the market you will also find a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables
I loved the look of the artichokes floating in water. If you remove its outer leaves you need to preserve them in lemony water to avoid them turning black.
I left the market with a selection of fresh fish and a bag of fresh vegetables which I cooked for dinner… so you can just imagine how delicious my dinner was!
Visiting this market was an interesting and fun experience.