What are the five best Venice food experiences?

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Hayley Bosch

Venice is known for its food, so you’ll have no problem finding delicious cuisine. Here, according to our Forbes Travel Guide editors, are the five best food experiences in Venice:

1. Cicchetti. Kind of like tapas, cicchetti (pronounced "chee-KEHT-eeh") are small plates of food, eaten alongside a glass of wine. Usually consumed at lunchtime or in the evening (before 9 p.m.), they're either a delicious pre-dinner aperitivo or a stand-in for dinner itself, depending on how many nibbles you order. Cicchetti can be anything from fish to meat, mini-sandwiches to fried offerings. The tradition of indulging in them — preferably at a local wine baris as Venetian as you can get.
2. Sardee in saor. In Venetian dialect, this means "sour sardines." If that sounds strange, so does the recipe: sweet and sour sardines are combined with pickled onions, pine nuts and raisins. But the plate is delicious and thoroughly Venetian.

3. Risi e bisi. This dish used to be offered to the Doge family on St. Mark's Feast Day. Today, you can get it at almost any restaurant in Venice. A soupy dish of rice and peas, it's stick-to-your-ribs delicious.

4. Vermicelli al nero di sepia. Cuttlefish ink is used a lot in Venetian cuisine. Sometimes it's served with risotto, sometimes with the fish itself…and sometimes on vermicelli, which are long, thin noodles. 

5. Carpaccio. Invented here in Venice by Harry's Bar, carpaccio is raw, thinly sliced meat served with a sauce of mustard, cream, tomato and mayonnaise. If you're looking for some meat after consuming all the yummy seafood, there isn't a better dish than this one.

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