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Anthony Bourdain Uncovers Non-Sucky Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
January 13, 2009 at 10:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

Venice is among Europe's most visited cities, and for many travelers it's also one of the most disappointing, once they realize this ancient city-state is chock full of cruise ship passengers, overpriced tourist traps, $100 gondola rides and, as Anthony Bourdain so succinctly puts, beaches that attract "a who's who of international douche-dom."

On this week's "No Reservations," Bourdain is the latest traveler intent on finding that non-touristy, trapped-in-time Venice. You know, the one that doesn’t suck.

As usual, Tony does a pretty good job of getting off the beaten path, discovering tiny hole-in-the-wall places to chow down on deep-fried soft shell crabs, bacala and, of course, boiled calves head. (It sounds slightly less horrible when they call it "little animal face.")

We have to say we're pretty impressed with Tony's finds. We especially want to try that amazing-looking fish risotto at Da Romano, although considering he mentions it's Keith Richard's favorite resto, we wonder how secret it really is. Unknown or not, Bourdain graciously shares all the addresses on his website, so they're certainly not-so-secret anymore.

Have you ever found a non-touristy side of Venice? Share your secrets in the comments.

Related Stories:
· Venice Travel Guide [No Reservations]
· Anthony Bourdain Finds "Ryan Seacrest's Love Juices" In Mexico [Jaunted]
· Venice Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Travel Channel]

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Iguana

The Mexican food is awful, but the super-cheap happy hour at Iguana is pretty terrific.

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