Last updated on December 28th, 2023
We all know what the typical souvenirs are to bring back from Venice: Carnival masks, Furlane slippers and Murano glass… but are you looking for something that speaks to the local food culture of Venice? Maybe you are in search of a consumable food souvenir or gift that won’t be sitting on your living room shelf for years.
In this article, I will share my top food souvenirs to bring back from Venice, including where to buy each one.
If you don’t think you have space or interest in food souvenirs, I urge you just to walk by some of my favorite stores listed below and just check them out. They are beautifully stocked with a unique and well-curated selections of local Venetian foods and products.
Whether you are shopping for yourself, a child, your mother-in-law, or brother, I promise there is something on my list of top food souvenirs from Venice!
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Best Stores To Buy Food Souvenirs In Venice
Calle dei Fabbri, 4666, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
This small storefront is also a great place to pop in for charcuterie boards, cheese tastings and to try regional wines. When I first came to Venice I just happened to bump into this small shop. I had never read about it previously but neither have others so you can expect to find locals and the lucky few who have an eye for such beautiful stores.
Because it doesn’t cater primarily to tourists, you can expect the staff to take your time with you, helping you to pick the best cheese to bring home based on what you like and dislike.
Salizada S. Giovanni Grisostomo, 5778
Giacomo Rizzo is where all you pasta lovers want to go for food souvenirs in Venice. This small artisan store has been family run for four generations and over time has gained a reputable name for itself, offering a wide selection of “Made in Italy” artisan pastas of all shapes, sizes, colors and flavors.
They have an enormous selection of handmade dried and fresh pastas, all of which have their own story and specialty. Overwhelmed? No problem! So was I but I also saw how willing and helpful the staff is in helping you sift through the numerous choices.
I suggest buying Venice’s local pasta shape, bigoli, a type of thick spaghetti made from buckwheat flour or squid ink flavored spaghetti.
Ramo del Fontego dei Tedeschi, 5362, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Millevini is a famous wine shop in Venice just off the Rialto bridge, offering one of the most extensive wine selections in the whole city. I suggest Millevini for wine lovers or if you are hoping to bring a bit of the Venice drinking culture home with you.
Come here prepared to ask for advice! The selection is so overwhelming so even if you are familiar with Italian wine, you may need some guidance.
Calle de la Bissa, 5482, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Come here specifically for artisan cicchetti spreads and recreate your Venetian cicchetti at home with friends and family.
P.za San Marco, 57, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
At the entrance they have a whole window and counter full of sweet treats including chocolate, candy, tea, cookies, coffee and more. What they stock depends on when you go but there is always something tasty worth bringing home.
Florian is definitely best for more luxury or spendy food gifts, as well as other non-food items as well.
S. Polo, 381, 30125
Drogheria Mascari is definitely considered an institution for the Venetian locals selling one of the best and widest selection of local goods in all of Venice. And all of which, of course, at an affordable price.
Their spices are considered to be the best in Venice (famous for their curry blend) which can be purchased by weight but not only. Every corner of this charming, old school, wood-paneled store is full of amazing food items to savor and try. Take their wide selection of honey, jams, chutney, spirits, chocolate and candy!
The wine selection is some of the best in terms of value, with attention to local distilleries and cantine in Veneto.
I was really surprised by all the ‘everyday’ items as well such as artisan pasta, rice, olive oil and other staple Italian ingredients. I highly suggest coming to Drogheria Mascari even if you aren’t on the market for food souvenirs. It’s one of those timeless stores that are unfortunately, slowly but surely becoming less and less common in Italy.
Casa Del Parmigiano
Campo Cesare Battisti/Bella Viena, San Polo 214, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Casa Del Parmigiano is the best store to buy cheese from in Venice, a historic shop open since 1936 close to La Mercà and the Rialto Market.
The Rialto open air market is a great place to pick up some food souvenirs from Venice. They don’t have a huge selection as they specialize in providing fresh produce, fish and other perishable goods to the local community but I was pleasantly surprised by all the spices, dried mushrooms, dried tomatoes and small, mom and pop shops selling food items lining the market.
In fact, there is a really cute shop selling all sorts of artisan pasta, rice, sauces and oils but upon looking it up when I got home, I couldn’t find it on the map! Keep your eyes peeled though for a storefront filled with canned goods next to the fish at the Rialto Market.
To learn more, read Shopping at Venice’s Rialto Market.
Other Favorite Food Souvenir Shops In Venice
- Confetteria Rizzo: Best for candy and any kind of sweet treat from Venice
- VizioVirtù: Best for chocolate from Venice.
Best Food Souvenirs From Venice
Carnaroli rice is the famous rice grown in Veneto used to make risotto. It’s a small, robust, short grain rice similar to Arborio but with more body and starch, resulting in a creamier risotto.
I suggest buying Canaroli rice in Venice if this is your stop on the Northern Italian tour. If you are lucky enough to spend time in other parts of Northern Italy, you will find it throughout but if Venice is your only stop, don’t miss this rice!
Where To Buy It: For the best artisan rice, go to Drogheria Mascari but Cibo Venezia should stock it as well.
Thinking you can’t bring cicchetti home with you? Well, you can’t bring the beautifully pre-made cicchetti lining the streets of Venice but you can choose from small jars of locally made spreads that you can use to re-create a night of cicchetti when you return home.
So much of the Venetian culture revolves around drinking and eating cicchetti, so why not share this slice of Venice with your friends and family at home?
Recreating an evening of Venetian nibbles and local wine is easy and super fun if you love entertaining. If you bring home pre-packaged spreads and pick up a baguette your cicchetti at home are bound to be a hit.
Where To Buy It: You will find small jars of pate, spreads and sauces in almost any small specialty store but I highly suggest SEPA for artisan made spreads.
In most countries you are free to bring back hard cheeses as long as they are vacuum packed.
Most cheese in Italy is sold by weight, making it easy to make a large selection of small wedges or opt for a whole wheel of cheese, should you like.
Where To Buy It: Buy the best regional cheese from Casa Del Parmigiano
Gianduia (Sweet Nut Spread)
Gianduia is basically Nutella, a chocolate hazelnut spread. The absolute best ones, however, are artisan made and can be purchased throughout Venice at specialty food shops, bakeries and gourmet food stores.
Where To Buy It: You can pick up these sweet spreads almost anywhere but if you want artisan varieties, Bacaro del Gelato (one of Venice’s best gelaterie) sells this in-house, artisan pistachio spread, which they are famous for or at Dal Mas.
Venice is best known for their all day drinking culture, where it’s socially acceptable to drink from sunup until sundown. This is most typically done in the form of a small spritz or glass of white wine alongside a small bite. So why not bring a little bit of their local wines home?
Where To Buy It: Millevini has the largest selection of wines but any enoteca or other wine shop is your best bet for tasting and buying wines. You can also go to Cantina del Vino già Schiave for cicchetti and pick up a bottle of local wine at an excellent price.
Dried pasta is one of the absolute best food souvenirs or gifts to bring back from Italy in generale because they weigh next to nothing.
Choose from artisan produced local pastas made with local flour and other ingredients such as squid ink.
Where To Buy It: For artisan dried pasta, head to Giacomo Rizzo where you can also purchase pre-made sauces and other condiments to pair with your pasta of choice.
Venetian cookies are one of the best souvenirs to bring home because they typically last a long time. The most famous, bussolà, also known as essi cookies (sometimes different shapes but same dough), are a rich butter cookie, most famously made on Burano but sold everywhere.
Where To Buy It: Majer (one of my top places to eat with kids in Venice) or Confetteria Rizzo. To learn more about the best bakeries from which to buy packages of bussolai cookies, read Best Bakeries in Venice.
Candy is my top food souvenir to bring back from Venice for kids, especially if you are visiting the magical city during Christmas or Carnival when storefronts adorn themselves with sweet treats.
The two main shops to buys sweets at in Venice are Drogheria Mascari and Confetteria Rizzo but you can also keep your eyes peeled for cafes in Venice displaying candy in their windows.
Where To Buy It: Drogheria Mascari and Confetteria Rizzo
Locally Roasted Coffee Beans
The best places to buy hand selected coffee blends or single origin coffee beans is from Caffè del Doge, Torrefazione Cannaregio or Majer, all of which make some of the best coffee in Venice.
Where To Buy It: Majer, a local food chain located throughout Venice, Caffè del Doge, hidden away in a side street close to the Rialto Bridge or Torrefazione Cannaregio, a quiet neighborhood on the Northern part of the main Island in Venice.
Northern Italy makes excellent artisan chocolate and Venice is no exception. The city is littered with both commercial chocolate shops such as Venchi or artisan shops.
Choose from chocolate truffles, chocolate bars or even chocolate Carnival masks for kids at VizioVirtù.
Where To Buy It: VizioVirtù for Venetian specialties or Venchi for Italian chocolates.
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