Da Marisa : a perfect lunch spot in Venice

If you were to be in Venice and looking for a place to have lunch, I strongly suggest that you try Da Marisa. Da Marisa is in the Cannaregio area north of San Marco, and I had an early lunch there on the rainy summer afternoon.

“50% tourists and 50% locals” is as local as you can get in Venice

Unlike the troves of restaurants that you will find in San Marco, Da Marisa is a veritable Venetian institution that still serves the local community. 

When I was there that rainy afternoon exhausted and alone after two full days of Art Biennale, I sat outside on Fondamenta S. Giobbe. Most of the patrons sitting al fresco enjoying this great canal view were also tourists. At the table in front of me sat this northern European lady and his son. She chatted up with the middle-aged couple from Belgium – Flemish, who spoke French. She shared that she was a contemporary artist here to visit the Art Biennale and that his son is a pop guitar musician. She recently moved to Perigord, and she tried to strike up a conversation with the Flemish in what I would have to say to be rather good French. When the waiter came to get her order, she tried speaking Italian to him. The keyword here is “tried” and she spurted a smattering of Italianized French that would have made both the Italians and their Gallic cousins puke. It was quite a boisterous chatty scene that added much warmth to a rather chilly and wet afternoon.

Tourists at the background, Locals (cargo handlers) in the foreground

Tourists at the background, Locals (cargo handlers) in the foreground

The locals were smarter; they sat inside. Some of them were probably professors from the university at the northern tip of this canal. Some were cargo handlers working on a boat that docked not far from where I sat. The Italian spoken indoors was much better than what was sputtered outside. 

The food is well priced, rustic, and tasty, but the view is just splendid!

At seventeen euros for a two-course lunch, pasta to start and a meat or fish main course, with a quarter liter of wine, a small bottle of water and a coffee to end, I would have to say that Da Marisa’s prices are hard to beat in all of Venetian.

Da Marisa Lunch Menu

Da Marisa Lunch Menu

The food is quite rustic and tasty. I had a spinach cream seashell pasta followed by some simple grilled meat and a super delicious grilled vegetable side.

Spinach Cream Seashell Pasta

Spinach Cream Seashell Pasta

Steak and mixed grilled vegetables

Steak and mixed grilled vegetables

But the best part of this lunch experience is the splendid view of the central canal of Cannaregio, with boats passing by, without the troves of tourists you usually find in the San Marco area.  La Dolce Vita!

Lunch in Venice with a splendid view

Lunch with a splendid view

Venice Cannaregio lunch with view

La Dolce Vita!

Come early before 1 pm. The restaurant was packed to the brim when I started my first course.

 Fondamenta S. Giobbe, 652, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy