Food and drink
Muro’s downstairs bar, with its selection of cicheti (bar snacks), good spritz and by-the-glass wine selection, and excellent cocktails, heaves with locals at lunch time and, in particular, at aperitivo hour. Upstairs, a cramped but coolly stylish restaurant serves a regularly changing lunchtime menu which favours fish and vegetables, with the occasional meat option thrown in. It’s pricy for what it is, but the cooking is good and the selection offers creative alternatives to the usual Venetian fare. By far my favourite Muro moment is the Sabato in Campo brunch (Saturday in the Square) from 11.30am-1.30pm when the city’s sophisticated, creative and professional contingent converges here to let their offspring go wild in the campo while they try to bag one of the outside tables, sip wine and enjoy the 10 euro drink-plus-buffet offer.
Packed, stylish, trendy and heavily local.
Casual but professional.
In the trendy market area at the north-west foot of the Rialto bridge.
The restaurant is not cheap at about 40 euros for a full meal. The 10 euros Saturday brunch offer is great.
Muro San Stae (Campiello dell Spezier, Santa Croce 2048, 041 5241628; noon-3pm, 6-11pm, closed Tue) has pan-Italian cooking plus pizza.
Muro Frari (Rio Terà, San Polo 2604B/C, 041 5245310; 11am-1pm, closed Thu) offers pan-Italian cooking, pizza and a cocktail bar.
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching