The "cicchetti" of Venice
As you stroll through the city discovering its bridges, it’s hard to resist stopping for some cicheti: bites appetizer-sized of fish or cold cuts, hot or cold, on toasted bread or toasted polenta.
Here the most famous bàcari in the historic centre:
Enoteca Cantinone Già Schiavi (sestiere Dorsoduro, 992). With its extensive wine selection this bar is perfect for an aperitif.
Cantina Vecia Carbonera (sestiere Cannaregio, 2329). Once an old coal storehouse, today this tavern offers several different cicheti and canapés.
Naranzaria (sestiere San Polo, 130). Located in a former citrus warehouse, the cuisine here can be avant-garde, with everything from creamy cod to sushi.
Cantina Do Spade (sestiere San Polo, 860). This shop’s patrons know it’s best not to drink on an empty stomach and that in Venice, an ombra (glass of white wine) is accompanied by cicheti.
Cantina Do Mori (sestiere San Polo, 429). This wine shop dates back to 1462—one of the oldest in the city. Every day you’ll find traditional nibbles like squid and various cheeses and vegetables.
All’Arco (sestiere San Polo, 436). Prominently displayed on the bar’s counter is a variety of cicheti like scampi or calamari accompanied by toasted bread, creamy cod spread and sardines with pickled onions.