The cicchetti are the so-called “Venetian tapas”, a series of croutons, meatballs, skewers (usually fish) little sandwiches and other delicious finger food to be enjoyed during the holy aperitivo time but also for a quick lunch. The cicchetti are especially the perfect choice to fully enjoy what we call “bacarotour” a sort of super Venetian tour from bacaro to bacaro to be able to taste the most varied cicchetti, drink good wine ( a lot of it!). Have a chat with friends enjoying the cheerful and festive atmosphere typical of these circumstances. In short, going for bacari means drinking and eating, having fun and being fine together.
Now that you know that your staying in Venice will necessarely have to include a stop in one of these typical informal bars, how can you find the best bacari? The city is actually so rich in tourist traps and so full of narrow streets and labyrinthine calli that you really risk not to find the right places.
Here is a list of the top 10 bacari in Venice and where to find them, to be able to live and enjoy the city like a real Venetian.
Cantina Do Spade is located in a central area in San Polo district. A short walk from the Rialto Bridge but well hidden in a suggestive secondary calletta. It’s one of the most popular bacari of the city . It offers a typical cuisine that ranges from fish, the great protagonist of the Venetian tradition, to meat. You will therefore find the classic sarde in saor (sardines first fried and then marinated with vinegar onions), the inevitable baccalà mantecato (creamed codfish), fried squid but also meatballs with tomato sauce and fegato alla veneziana (liver with vinegar onions).
It is located in the beautiful setting of the Fondamenta dei Ormesini, in the district perhaps richest in authentic bacari: Cannaregio. The Paradiso Perduto with its blue curtains, its alternative atmosphere and its wooden furnishings is the perfect choice for those who love informal style and conviviality. In addition to the amazing local cuisine you can sometimes enjoy live music. The specialty is certainly fried fish.
You can find it in Dorsoduro district, not far from the famous Campo Santa Margherita. Perfect for a quick but tasty lunch, Alla Toletta basically means one thing: dreamy tramezzini. The tramezzini are delicious litlle triangular sandwiches with fillings that range from the classic ham, mushrooms and mayonnaise to the most refined rocket and crab. You will be spoiled for choice, they are all spectacular!