Taste of Italy: Venice

They say we eat with our eyes first, so we hope you're hungry. Embark on our culinary tour of Venice.

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Wine Vault Restaurant in Rovinj, Croatia
Wine Vault Restaurant

Wine Vault Restaurant

Got a hankering for French and Mediterranean cuisine? Pull up a chair at the Wine Vault Restaurant! Located on the ground floor of the Hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj, the restaurant features delectable creations from master chef Tom Gretic, coupled with the wildest wine list in Croatia. 960 1280

  

Konoba Batelina

Konoba Batelina

Adam hangs with David Skoko, master chef at Konoba -- that’s Croatian for “tavern.” This family-owned tavern in the coastal village of Banjole is so low-key it doesn’t have a sign outside (ask a local for directions). It’ll be worth it; Chef Skoko’s seafood creations have been lauded by international media. 960 1280

  

Konoba’s Seafood

Konoba’s Seafood

Chef Skoko’s creations rely on the bounty of the Adriatic waters: Angler fish, conger eel and shark are among the fish served. The seafood menu is so fresh at this family-owned restaurant that dishes are based on the catch of the day! 960 1280

  

Italy’s Prosecco Road

Italy’s Prosecco Road

What's inside these barrels? A wine lover's dream. Savor sparkling white wine along Prosecco Road, a picturesque region of vineyards and craggy hills about 45 minutes north of Venice. 960 1280

  

Croatia's Proto Restaurant

Croatia's Proto Restaurant

Hungry for outrageously good seafood, in a VIP setting? Croatia’s Proto Restaurant, in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, is a veritable institution -- stretching back to 1886! Among its culinary guests of yore was Edward VIII, king of England. Savor this rich history over succulent dishes like saffron shrimp. 960 1280

  

Croatia’s Nautika Restaurant

Croatia’s Nautika Restaurant

The sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic are home to more than 3,000 fish species. Savor the sea’s bounty at Nautika, one of the top restaurants in Dubrovnik, Croatia, that boasts incredible views like this, as well as Mediterranean fare such as lobster from the Dalmatian island of Vis. 960 1280

  

Lobster at Nautika

Lobster at Nautika

We can’t stop talking about Nautika’s lobster! The Dubrovnik restaurant gets its seafood from local suppliers -- a “go local” approach that chef Mario Bunda is passionate about. “Every morning our supplier is down at Dubrovnik harbor to meet the local fishermen as they bring in their catch,” he says. 960 1280

  

Farmers’ Market in Rovinj

Farmers’ Market in Rovinj

One of the delights of a trip to Rovinj, Croatia, is a stroll in its farmers’ market, open between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Get your health kick on by picking up a bag of fruits and veggies -- and try your hand at bargaining. Expect to pay 1 to 2 euros per kilo (a little over 2 pounds), depending on your powers of persuasion. 960 1280

  

Enoiteca Mascareta Restaurant in Venice

Enoiteca Mascareta Restaurant in Venice

“The most awesome restaurant in Venice is hidden in the alleys off St. Mark's Square,” says Adam Richman. “You'd walk right by if you didn't know... it's called Enoiteca Mascareta, and you're not just gonna get a mean Venetian risotto, chef Mauro Lorenzon's gonna give you a huge show! Every meal ends with a bang!” 960 1280

  

'These cheesy straw hats worn by gondoliers are an irresistible tourist trinket even for me.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"If this doesn't make you hungry, then Venice is NOT for you. Fresh whole fish from the lagoon is a specialty at Trattoria Alla Madonna restaurant.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'The soft-shell crabs called moeca are flash-fried and simply outstanding eaten whole.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'WARNING! This is NOT how to spend a romantic gondola ride in Venice. Ditch the crew, get me my wife.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'Cold crayfish and fresh shrimps are the bounty that made Venice Italy's seafood nirvana.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'Venice's most famous dish is seppie al nero -- squid in black ink. The flavor is incredible, and Ristorante al Covo's version is one of my favorites.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'I love Venetian seafood, especially when it's raw!' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'Visit Cantina Da Schiavi when you're in Venice. This tuna with cacao is cheap, fast and delicious.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'Just another day at the office. I'm on location in Venice, Italy, working hard to bring you only the very best.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'Fresh eel, rock salt and bay leaves is how you celebrate Christmas in Murano, Italy. Of course, the glass furnaces to flash-bake it make it even more special.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'Murano is a small island just north of Venice. This quiet island is still home to many fishermen and worth a visit.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'A pail full of live eels -- a prized Venetian delicacy -- but beware, they will bite.' 'Andrew Zimmern 960 1280