Food & Drink
Cicchetti and wine in Venice
Then you go from bar to bar and drink different wines and eat different cicchetti. The wine can be anything from prosecco to local red or white wine, and the small appetizers come in endless variations, hot or cold, with dishes such as fried fish, squid with polenta, marinated anchovies, fried meatballs, and small sandwiches with cheese or cold meats. One of the most famous and traditional is baccalà mantecato, which is boiled cod whipped into a mousse, which you eat on a piece of bread.
Bar-hopping and eating cicchetti is a great way to socialize and also a good way to eat on a budget in Venice, with cicchetti costing around €1–3 each. There are no menus. You simply point to the cicchetti you want at the bar.
The small bacari bars are hidden away all over the city, but they are most closely concentrated in San Polo, a little way from the Rialto Bridge.
Here are five bacari worth a visit:
Ca d’Oro Alla Vedova
Far from the madding crowds of the tourist quarter and one of the most affordable of the bacari. Try their polpette, fried spicy meatballs, which are the best in Venice.
Cannareggio, 3912, 30121
Cantina Do Mori
Cantina Do Mori is close to the Rialto Bridge and is said to be the oldest restaurant in Venice – they opened their doors in 1462. Dark wooden interior with copper pots hanging from the ceiling. A classic in its element.
Sestiere San Polo, 429, 30125
Cantina Do Spade
Close to the fish market at Rialto is Cantina Do Spade which is particularly renowned for its fried cicchetti.
San Polo, 859, 30125
Located along a canal in Cannaregio and popular with the city’s young people. Here you will find good, affordable cicchetti in a cozy atmosphere, well away from the tourist track.
Fondamenta Ormesini, 2754
Osteria Alla Ciurma
An old warehouse near the fish market, which has been turned into a bar that resembles a boat. Good, cheap cicchetti, and their house wine, a young sparkling red, is worth a visit in itself.
Calle Galeazza, 406, 30125
You can enjoy a wine and cicchetti tour with Urban Adventures among others.
Find your places for wine and chicchetti in Venice on this interactive map:
Published: October 9, 2015
Last edited: October 9, 2015