Venice draws European expats as well as North American, and some of them are French chefs! These fine restaurants serve the noblest European cuisine, pastries and breads, in continental surroundings.
I’ve savored thousands of French pastries for decades, all over France, and the ones at Croissant & Co., 323 west Venice Avenue, are equal to the best and better than the rest.
I’m sometimes disappointed at Parisian patisseries, but I’ve never been disappointed here.
The owner is a true French boulanger-patissier, and Venetians know it. The place fills up early and often for breakfast and lunch. Go!
Stéphane and Myriam Verdier came to Venice on vacation and decided to stay. They founded Côté France in 2016, and it’s now a mainstay of Venice’s French cuisine crowd, with a classic French menu, small dining room, and some sidewalk tables.
Look for it in the historic KMI Building at 218 West Tampa Avenue, corner of St Augustine Avenue.
Chef Steve Longet worked in five-star restaurants and for wealthy families in Europe, and now has achieved his dream: Café Longet, his own place where, with his wife Jessica, he can create the French fusion cuisine he loves.
Look for it at 239 Miami Avenue West, near the corner of Nassau Street.