La Zucca, a small restaurant a stone’s throw from Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio, is truly a unique place in Venice that blends the charm of a Venetian bacaro with a hippie-chic mood that John Lennon and Yoko Ono would have liked. Over 40 years of stainless quality, born in 1980, it has become an international reference point, known above all for its excellent creative cuisine based on vegetables.
Although La Zucca is famous for its vegetarian dishes – you must absolutely try the pumpkin or the artichoke flan with Parmesan fondue – among its original and tasty proposals, there are also many meat dishes such as fillet chicken with ginger or moussaka with lamb. The menu changes often with recipes, traditional or more creative, based on vegetables, seasonal fruit, and many spices. In the kitchen, the team is all-female: will this perhaps be the secret of vegetables cooked with such art?
The restaurant is divided into two small rooms with truly unusual furnishings: the walls are covered in wood paneling with oblique stripes and green decorations and, of course, pumpkin-colored (Zucca means pumpkin in Italian) make the environment very warm.
Really a must, with an excellent quality/price ratio for the island of Venice, the little restaurant is highly recommended for both lunch and dinner. In the summer it deserves to eat outside by booking one of the very popular tables on the shore; you can also arrive by boat, very romantic on warm summer evenings.
La Zucca houses a vast collection of pumpkin-themed works of art. Started by chance, now whenever an artist’s exhibition is hosted inside the room it is customary to ask him for a themed work as a gift.