I recently headed to Venice on a 4 day trip for my partners birthday so I thought I’d post a round up of all the gluten and dairy free places we were able to find. Italy is actually really great when it comes to catering for Coeliacs and I found that so may restaurants offered gluten free pizzas and pasta! Dairy free was slightly more difficult as they tend to use a lot of cheese, but we did manage to find places that would cater for me.
Note: All of the information in this guide is correct as of December 2021. If you believe any of the allergy information to be outdated please drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get the guide updated.
Riva del Vin, 744, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
We stayed at the H10 Palazzo Canova which was in the perfect location for exploring some of the main tourist parts of Venice. The hotel offered gluten free breakfast options including gluten free bread, cereal, biscuits, fresh fruit, eggs, bacon and more!
Sestiere Dorsoduro, 1414, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
Oke Zattere is an Italian Coeliac Association accredited restaurant offering plenty of gluten free pizza and pasta options! It was a little walk away from our hotel and the main tourist areas we visited, but the walk was lovely (as was everywhere we walked in Venice!). I went for a gluten free pizza with roasted vegetables – they sadly didn’t offer any dairy free cheese options (vegan cheese didn’t seem to exist in Venice!) but was still tasty.
Ristorante Frary’s, Fondamenta dei Frari, San Polo, 2559, Venezia
Frarys is a Mediterranean restaurant, which was a nice change from all the pizza and pasta we had been eating! They have a really clearly labelled menu with lots of gluten free and vegan options and was one of my favourite meals we had in Italy! We shared dolmades, hummus and crudites to start and then I went for a vegetable biriani for mains.
C. de Mezzo, 4072, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Trattoria Al Gazzettino is located between the Rialto Bridge and Saint Marks Square so was a really handy location for lots of tourist spots/our hotel. They offer tonnes of gluten free pizza and pasta options along with gluten free profiteroles and tiramisu (sadly the desserts weren’t dairy free!). I went for a gluten free bolognese pasta dish, potatoes and they also brought out some gluten free bread on the side.
C. de la Rizza, 475, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Pizzeria 1000 Gourmet is located a stones throw from Saint Marks Square. It didn’t mention anything about gluten free on the menu, but after speaking to the chef they were able to make me a tasty gluten and dairy free tomato pasta dish, they also were able to offer gluten free pizzas! (My top tip for Venice would be to walk round and just ask about gluten free options, as most of the restaurants seemed to offer gluten free pizza and pasta after asking)
Campo S. Polo, 2024, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
For those of you who are gluten free (and not dairy free) Ristobar San Polo offers plenty of gluten free options such as lasagne, cannelloni, tortellini, pizza, and tiramisu! Sadly, all of the dishes contained cheese so I wasn’t able to eat there, but the restaurant was a lovely family owned business.
Via Tera Santi Apostoli, 4624, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
Vecia Cavana is a Venetian restaurant which is accredited by the Italian Coeliac Association. They offer lots of gluten free fish based dishes such as prawn cocktail, prawn gnocchi and tagliatelle with salmon.
Campo Santi Filippo e Giacomo, 4275, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
Ristorante Pesciolino D’oro is another restaurant located near to San Marco offering gluten free pizza and pasta options. We popped here for lunch and it was nice (although slightly more pricey than other restaurants we visited).
Strada Nova, 3922, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
It’s always a novelty to travel somewhere that offers gluten free McDonald’s Burger Buns, and Venice is one of those places! Sadly the Venice branch only offers 1 prepackaged gluten free burger (with cheese) so isn’t dairy free, but if you are just gluten free it’s definitely worth a visit!
Cannaregio, 3763, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
Mea Libera Tutti is a small entirely gluten free supermarket which is a must visit if you are in Venice! They stock tonnes of gluten free products including pasta, bread, cakes, brioche, beer, fridge and freezer options plus much more!
Fondamenta Santa Lucia, 1, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
Via Pietro Arduino, 20, 30175 Venezia VE, Italy
Grom is an entirely gluten free Gelateria located in 2 locations around Venice. They are accredited by the Italian Coeliac Association and offer gluten free cones as well as dairy free options such as sorbet.
There are plenty of small supermarkets (such as Coop) dotted around Venice and every supermarket we went in (no matter how small) had a gluten free section offering gluten free bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta etc. A great option if you are staying somewhere self catered or you want to bring some snacks home in your suitcase!
So there we have it – everywhere we visited and came across during our 4 day trip to Venice! I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of restaurants that were able to offer gluten free Coeliac safe options. If you do visit Venice and use this guide let me know what you think!