The exorbitant prices charged for low quality food in the touristy areas of Venice has also been the source of headlines lately, with one patron infamously charged 1000 euros for lunch, and tales of 20 euro coffees at the cafes in Piazza San Marco. In fact, you can eat excellent local, fresh cuisine (mostly seafood of course) throughout Venice if you seek out local options for dining. Certainly the more famous areas for local food are the "Fondamente" like a Venetian boulevard, the long stretches along inner canals in neighborhoods like Cannaregio. Venetian street food in the inner canals and off the beaten path area is a fun local way to eat as well. Venetians stop in to a few of their favorite spots in the evening for small glasses of wine and "cicchetti" - bite sized snacks of crostini or polenta topped with seafood or meats, or simple platters of meats and cheeses.
To beat the crowds in Venice, above all, take time to enjoy a little local life beyond the main tourist areas, and you will leave feeling you are a little Venetian yourself (and Venetians, indeed, know how to avoid the crowds!).
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