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Where to Go in Venice for Buttery Polenta and Red Mantis Shrimp

4 Food Critic-Favorite Restaurants in Venice

Alle Testiere in Venice, Italy Photo © Francesco Orini

For F&W's March issue, food critic Tom Parker Bowles visited the Aman Canal Grande, Venice's incredible 16th-century palazzo-turned-hotel. Here, four of the restaurants that made him fall in love with the city.

A wine bar about the size of my bathroom at the Aman. A radio trills quietly, and on the bar sits a plate of wondrously creamy baccalà mantecato (whipped salt cod) and chewy bread. San Polo 436; 011-39-041-520-5666.

Alle Testiere
An osteria recommended by my friend and London restaurateur Russell Norman. It serves the freshest seafood, like razor clams smaller than my little finger.

Antiche Carampane
A favorite of the count and countess who own the Aman palazzo. Buttery polenta with white truffles and steamed shrimp—I've never eaten better.

La Cantina
Under hanging hams and surrounded by wine boxes, I feasted upon a pair of luscious and pert red mantis shrimp, a star of the Venetian lagoon, so fresh they still sing of the sea. Strada Nuova 3689; 011-39-041-522-8258.

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