Small health food shop with a vegetarian deli and salad bar. Choose your food and pay by weight. The seasonal menu changes daily with focus on Italian and local venetian dishes with a few international dishes. Has tables inside, or take to the nearby park. more-less
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Italian, Western, International, Take-out
Castello 1341 Via Garibaldi (near Venice Art Biennale and public gardens)
Venice, Italy 30122
041-5238173

Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, closed 2.30-5.30pm.

more-less
reviews

Reviews

First Review by Ketty
almondia
almondia
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+16

A vegetarian gem

5 Posted on 10 / 07 / 2014

Hands down best dinner I've had in a long time, even if eaten from a plastic container. Didn't expect this in Venice, where upon work travels my eats tend to be on the simple side, consisting mainly of fruits and nuts and occasional very simple salads.

The textures and flavors of tonight's dinner- cumin tahini cabbage, almond and. red rice patties, creamy chicory and hearty kabocha squash - were spot on.
The owner also emphasized the organic origin of her ingredients for optimal assimilation of nutrients as we were talking about vegan/ vegetarian eating possibilities in Venice. Even if simple Italian dishes are vegetarianisable, organically grown is hard to find.

Pros: Flavor, Service, Certified organic products
Cons: Limited opening hours, Counter-like seating
EllyK
EllyK
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+11

Best in Venice

5 Posted on 07 / 28 / 2014

The lady in this store speaks excellent English and is very sweet. The food is hands down the best in Venice. The quality, the price and the taste just blew my mind away. My flexitarian father agrees that it was the best place in Venice. Served real food, not just stale pizza made with low quality cheese and veggies. Mostly vegan, raw food. In other words, if you're in Venice and don't give this place a chance, you're crazy!

Pros: Service, Quality, Price
Cons: Location
AlessandroPalmesi
AlessandroPalmesi
  • vegan
Contributions
+91

Good Food , Suggested For Lunch

4 Posted on 04 / 01 / 2014

I went here in March and I found it easy to find, not fare from San Marco square. The owner is a very friendly venetian lady. She's very glad to have vegans as customer and she's happy to explain what is vegan (mostly) and what is just veggy.
Every day there is a different choice. Food is hand made and fresh.
I suggest to go there early at about 12,30 -13 because she only cook once a day: there's no refill.
Just a little bit expensive considering that is not a restaurant, but on the other side the food is mostly organic.
I've also take delicious vegan muffin!

Pros: Food, Staff, Location
Cons: Prices

justingross
justingross
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+62

Very Good (AND ONLY) Option in Vencie

4 Posted on 03 / 24 / 2014

If you want to eat at a place that is only vegetarian and you are in Venice, this is your only option.
We ate there while staying in Venice and found the food to be incredibly wholesome and delicious. The owner, Dorianna, is a lovely woman who really cares about the food she prepares. She makes several dishes per day and serves and you get to pick what you want on your plate. The plate is then weighed and that's how you pay. Be weight. Yes, it is expensive, compared to what you are used to. But keep in mind, she only uses organic ingredients...AND...this is Venice. Everything must be brought in by boat and then hand trucked to the location and everything is more expensive in Venice.
The food that the owner prepares is delicious. It also makes you glad you made the choice to eat here rather than at a regular "meaty" restaurant choice. We ate here 4 times in 3 days. DELICIOUS food.
She is open for lunch and dinner only. For dinner, it's 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
If you appreciate food that is vegetarian, organic, and prepared with care, definitely eat here.


GiraffeGirl
GiraffeGirl
  • vegan
Contributions
+50

Lovely but not cheap

3 Posted on 03 / 24 / 2014

Lovely lady who runs this place, delicious food and an eco-attitude. Found it quite expensive for the amount of food you get but it was very nice.

Pros: tasty food, lovely host
Cons: quite expensive, bit out of the way
Senkenberg
Senkenberg
  • vegan
Contributions
+61

A good option in Venice

4 Posted on 11 / 18 / 2013

A great place for a quick lunch. Effectively a kind of deli-counter with a small but interesting selection of well prepared salads, pizzas, soup and other items which the very helpful owner will serve you, and let you know what's vegan (most of it). You pay by weight and there are group tables where you can sit an enjoy. Oh and the muffins (endearingly pronounced 'maffins' across Italy) looked rather ordinary but were so moist and delicious we bought another two to take away with us. Tasty food and friendly locale and we were glad we went.

As no one other than Venetians can make sense of Venetian addresses, what you need to know is that it's on Via Guiseppe Garibaldi near the corner with Calle Schiavona. An easy walk from the Giardini or Arsenale vaporetto stops.

Pros: Tasty Food, Handy for Biennale, Muffins
Cons: uite small
blueberrypie
blueberrypie
  • vegan
Contributions
+18

loved it!

5 Posted on 08 / 17 / 2013

I visited Le Spighe some time ago (wow, almost 2 years ago now..) and am finally writing a review; it is one of the good memories of my last trip to Venice and I highly recommend it. Almost all of the food at the deli counter was vegan (the rest vegetarian) so I had a nice heaping plate of different things to try. Apparently some of the dishes are inspired by traditional local recipes which is interesting. Everything was very tasty, made from quality ingredients -- a variety of vegetables, grains, etc; it was healthy and satisfying. You pay by weight - it seems a bit pricey given it's a deli counter, but ultimately I'd say it's worth it considering a) it's Venice and b) this is delicious, lovingly made food.
It's also a mini grocery store, so I purchased a number of packaged snacks (cookies, nuts), which was convenient.
Also, the owner was very nice!
Sure, you could go to any restaurant in Venice and get a cheese-less pizza or plain pasta, but I would recommend Le Spighe - support a veg business and sample lots of unique and delicious food!

Pros: delicous, healthy food, lovely staff
Cons: a bit pricey for deli, but so worth it!
MuK-UK
MuK-UK
  • vegan
Contributions
+88

A welcome retreat.

4 Posted on 01 / 27 / 2013

It was so cold when we were in Venice, it is easy to be positive about anywhere warm. However, the owner is very friendly, and the food is good, but as mentioned in other reviews, not always completely warmed through, and it is expensive (but what isn't in Venice?).
EDIT: I have since been back a second time, the food was excellent, the owner as friendly as before and this is one of the very few places in Venice where they cater for vegans.

Pros: Friendly and relxed., Good food.
Cons: Expensive
MCsquared
MCsquared
  • vegan
Contributions
+18

Vegan food in Venice

5 Posted on 08 / 17 / 2012

We found this place by accident and were very glad that we did. Excellent freshly prepared vegan food with fresh ingredients.


calivegan
calivegan
  • vegan
Contributions
+14

delicious food, nice owner, but EXCESSIVE prices

4 Posted on 01 / 26 / 2012

the variety of options and flavors was great. the food was delicious. 3/4 of the options were vegan and everything was vegetarian. we (two of us) had a good amount of food but nothing out of control. it was well over 50 euros for lunch. i expect that vegan options can cost more but this was definitely excessive.

the owner is very pleasant. the food is fresh that day but not prepared upon your order (so the deli classification is spot on). definitely check it out but bring a full wallet.

Pros: delicious food, great variety, knowledgeable owner
Cons: PRICE, varied temperature of food
fearless
fearless
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+90

quick and easy

4 Posted on 10 / 29 / 2011

This small shop provides a number of different dishes that are charged based on the weight of the food. Most of the dishes were quite tasty with the only downside being that it is microwaved which provided some inconsistent temperatures for the different dishes on your plate.
Another plus is that the dishes are made with organic ingredients with plenty of vegan options available.

Pros: healthy food, organic, friendly
Cons: inconsistent temperature of food
Ketty
Ketty
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+130

Le Spighe

4 Posted on 08 / 24 / 2010

Most of the deli items were vegan the day when I went, and they had a very nice potato/eggplant tart.
The shop is quite small, but they have a large selection of dry goods (like different flours, grains, etc). They sell the deli items by weight.

Worth visiting -- vegan food is hard to find in Venice!

Pros: tasty food, vegan choices

 

This business supports the service that HappyCow provides :o)

 

If you are the Owner of a listing on this site, we invite you to join our highly successful Priority Friend program today. click for details >>

 

Close

Dear Owner and Manager of Le Spighe:


While your business is currently a free listing on HappyCow, there is so much more we can do to further promote your business to the millions who visit this site every year.

Enjoy more...

Here's how you can take advantage of HappyCow's Internet popularity:

Your sponsorship will keep the HappyCow service strong on the Internet. Thank you.

Close

 

Last updated: 2014/10/19

 

Added: 2008/07/25

 

Added by: Veggiemama69

 

Close