It is hard to eat on the cheap in Venice. Sit down restaurants offering pasta at $11 a plate are often very bad and disappointing. One of the best options for travellers on a strict budget who aren't particularly fussed about all the ceremony and expense of restaurant dinning should duck into places like Bar La Toletta in Dorsoduro. The stand up bar is small, but they have a vast selection of OK finger sandwiches (especially tunafish) and griddles panini, that start at under $3. A glass of sparkling Prosecco is something near $3.50. The bar staff are cheery, and you can eat quickly while saving a buck and getting back on the streets to discover the city.