While hunting for a place that had been recommended by one of the staff at the Hotel Cris we ran into Brek's. It is located on the busy Via Carducci not far the Piazza Ferrretto. Brek's is a chain of restaurants that also has locations in Venice.
The restaurant is totally self service so if you are looking for something more formal this is not it. The place, on a Friday night, also seemed to cater to a couple of kids birthdays parties.
Menu choices include a wide variety of pastas, pizzas and salads. Prices were definitely on the inexpensive side with the range being in the 5 to 10 euro range. A couple of specials hung from the door as you enter the restaurant.
There was no sign indicating what the hours of operation were that I could detect. However when we entered the place just before 9 it appeared they were getting ready to close soon.
Favorite Dish: Good mediterraean salads and pizza. Nothing so memorable that it stands out other than the food was fresh and the price was more than fair.
The best pizza I ever tasted in the Veneto was at the cozy “Pizzeria 30175” in Mestre.
Located on Via Mestrina (49), a cobblestone pedestrian-only street between Corso del Popolo and Piazza Ferretto, “30175” has an extensive and inexpensive menu that is an inviting alternative to the pricey eateries on the Piazza Ferretto, a short half-block away. The establishment is mostly take-away, but there is a small seating area where you can enjoy their delicious fare on the premises.
Pizzeria “30175” is the place to go if you want a reasonably priced ($5-$l5) lunch or late-nite snack. In addition to thin- and thick-crust pizzas, “30175” also offers salads, panini, calzones and kebabs—all made with fresh ingredients and very generously portioned. Beer, soft drinks, and acqua naturale/frizzante are available, but no wine.
“30175” is popular with the locals of Mestre, a good indication in my estimation of a great place to eat. Open daily from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM and from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Outdoor seating in the summertime. The owners of “30175” speak English and provide quick, friendly, and courteous service. Highly recommended. Tel. 041.953632
Favorite Dish: Calzone 4 Formaggi--I'm a cheese lover, so this was exactly what I was looking for: mozzarella, brie, provolone, and gorgonzola, with a truly delicious tomato sauce. Perfect with one of their great salads.
Small restaurant located close to the train station offering local Venetian cuisine. We were served by a friendly chap called Sergio who explained the menu in detail.
Favorite Dish: The mixed fish is worth getting with good portions.
Very much a family Thai/Chinese restaurant, not just in the sense that it's run by a family, but also in the sense that most of the customers seem to be friends from the Thai and Chinese communities in Mestre. I had an excellent supper there, including the best rice I've had in a Thai or Chinese restaurant anywhere. Decor simple, not at all expensive.
Favorite Dish: Stupendously good rice - can't remember the names of the other things
We arrived at just after opening time and sat down. Within ten minutes the place was full. Fifteen minutes later there was a queue filling the entrance, with many hungry onlookers searching and hoping for a free table. Everyone was a local, and they all seemed to know each other. This was a real backstreet find.
It's popular for a reason: the pizza is excellent. It's possibly the best pizza I've eaten in years, and I spent four of the last five years eating at Italian restaurants selected by my fussy Italian friends in Germany, which in itself is one of the best countries in Europe to eat Italian food. If you are staying in Mestre, you shouldn't miss this. In fact this pizzeria is reason enough to visit Mestre if you are staying in Venice!
Despite the crowds the service was very friendly, with the waitress even taking time out to physically show me the desserts because her English wasn't good enough to explain them to me.
The restaurant opens at 7.30pm and fills up fast. I'm not sure if they even take reservations, but it would be a good idea to check. Either that, or just turn up as soon as they open.