Ai Sportivi

 +39 041 521 1598
Address: Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 3052
Tables outside? Yes
Cuisine Type: Pizzeria

We used to make a bee-line for our favourite pizza joint in Venice, Sole di Napoli, until it shut down without warning a couple of years back. We’ve never really found a replacement, but Ai Sportivi, just a few doors away, comes close.

The decor is basic brick with wooden tables, and plenty of tables outside as well. We were there on a slightly chilly evening, so the restaurant was heaving inside with a mixture of tourists and groups of young Italians. Despite this the service was pleasant and efficient.

There’s a vast range of pizze – around five pages of them – and they’re very good value at €5-€9.50. The base is slightly tough but in general they’re good. Other choices – mostly pasta and fish – are also available. House white is a slightly oily tocai; drinkable but not wonderful.

Not a special restaurant, but a useful one, and pleasantly situated looking into Campo Santa Margherita.