If you’re lucky enough to get to Venice, Italy, then I hope you love seafood. Much of the food in Venice revolves around fish and shellfish, with the bounty of the surrounding seas providing sustenance to the Venetians for centuries. Every morning the fish market in Venice is overflowing with a dazzling array of fresh caught seafood, from huge swordfish to giant shrimp and cuttlefish. The best picks are soon gone, so wise housewives and restaurant shoppers know to go as early as possible.
While you’ll likely recognize some seafood on Venetian menus such as mussels, tuna and octopus, you might be surprised or puzzled by some of the other dishes you’ll find. A plate of baby octopus or squid ink pasta can be intimidating to dive into, but rewarding for the adventurous diner to try. Check out my guide to 10 Seafood Delicacies to Enjoy in Venice, Italy before you go, and you’ll be armed with the Italian (as well as English) names for some of the best specialties to try.