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Two Great Restaurants to Try in Venice

Osteria Boccadoro pic

Osteria Boccadoro
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With more than 15 years of experience in the finance industry, Kevin Martoken currently serves as a private equity professional with Grassi & Co. in New York City. In his leisure time, Kevin Martoken enjoys traveling and has visited various destinations throughout Italy, including Venice.

For many, one of the best parts of traveling abroad to any country is the opportunity to partake in local cuisine. This is no exception in Venice, which boasts many well-reviewed fine dining establishments. Listed below are two restaurants in Venice that are worth a visit when taking a tour of the city of canals.

For authentic Venetian pasta and seafood, Osteria Boccadoro is an excellent choice. Nestled away from the high-traffic tourists areas, the restaurant is situated in a quaint Venetian square that offers a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city proper. The restaurant specializes in traditional Venetian dishes that feature fresh fish, from-scratch pasta, and locally sourced ingredients. In addition, it boasts a well-stocked wine cellar and an on-site sommelier to help pair the perfect wine with your meal.

On the other end of the spectrum, Paradiso Perduto is a lively and upbeat restaurant near the Jewish Ghetto that specializes in wine and simple finger foods; some nights, patrons can be found dancing to in-house jazz bands. A more traditional restaurant experience is available as well, for those who would like to sit down and dine. The venue offers standard Venetian cuisine, which features large portions of fried fish and homemade pasta tossed in succulent fish sauces.

Lesser-Known Spots in Rome to Visit

 

The Villa de Quintilli  pic

The Villa de Quintilli
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Kevin Martoken is a New York-based professional with more than 15 years of experience in the financial services field. In his leisure time, Kevin Martoken enjoys traveling to various countries across the world, and has visited several locations in Italy, including Rome.

Rome is one of the most historic and culturally rich cities in all of Europe. With no shortage of sights to see, tourists can often find themselves overlooking some of the most interesting aspects of the city. With that in mind, here are two of the lesser known, yet no less compelling spots to visit in Rome:

The Villa de Quintilli was once the home of Emperor Commodus, yet stands mostly forgotten when compared to some of the more popular places in Rome. The villa is still in relatively good condition for its age, and visitors can even get a look at the private gladiator training arena.

One of the more macabre, yet eerily fascinating sites in Rome is the crypt beneath San Callisto. These sprawling catacombs are one of the more somber reminders of Christian history in Rome, and home to half a million bodies. This spot may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly one of the more interesting places in the city to check out.