Dine on an Island in the Venetian Lagoon

Venissa, the destination restaurant on the little-known island of Mazzorbo in the Venetian lagoon, has its own nineteenth-century walled vineyard, sustainable fruit and vegetable orchards, and a star female chef, Paola Budel, at the helm. The menu changes every three or four days, but highlights include the local delicacy, Alpago, a rare breed of lamb that Budel orders from a farm that specializes in raising them, or spider crab, one of the seafood stars straight from the lagoon (3 Fondamenta Santa Caterina; 39-041-527-2281).

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