Good pizza and Italy always go hand in hand, right? No. Especially in Venice, where tourist traps dominate the pizza scene. I walk past numerous pizza stands every day, and these places are selling bad imitations of Italian pizza; I've seen better pizzas in the frozen food section in US grocery stores.
Birraria La Corte, however, makes some very good pizza. The crust is thin and crunchy, especially around the edges. They serve their pizza with a light layer of melted mozzarella and don't overload the toppings. A good pizza has a balance of crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings; one of these shouldn't dominate the others. Each bite is a medley of flavors playing in your mouth. My favorite at Birraria is the capricciosa, which comes with mushrooms, artichokes, and prosciutto.
I was with my mom in Venice several years ago, and we found this place while wandering Venice and looking for an outdoor cafe. We liked it so much, we went back that trip and on later trips to Venice. She would order one of their salads, and I would order a pizza. Then, we'd share.
I always forgot the name, but remembered that is was in Campo San Polo. I found it again when I first arrived and have returned several times for a filling lunch or at night with friends. The restaurant has 150 seats outside and 150 seats inside and is open until 11:30pm, which works well for students who get out of class late and/or want to dine late. Tables are gathered at the end of the Campo San Polo under umbrellas and can be separated into seating for two or combined for larger groups.
I usually spend between 14 and 18 euros for a pizza and a drink. Besides salads and pizza, they also serve pasta and second courses, but I always come for the pizza.
Birraria La Corte is located at Campo San Polo 2168 in Venice, and you can check them out online at www.birrarialacorte.it.