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cicchetti in Venice

any recommendations for an affordable place to experience cicchetti in Venice?

thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. We had some nice bites @ Cantina Do Mori. Tiny beers + delicious bites + party atmosphere spilling out onto the canal.. can you say -- FUN! iirc, it was just one nonna making all the bites on the spot.

    Also jaunted over to the other side of town for the cicchetti at the oldest wine bar (name escapes me now) in Venice. It was an atmospheric, dark room w/ pots and pans dangling from ceiling (I'm sure someone will be able to name this place)..

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    1. re: DistendedBelly

      I am not sure that Cantina Do Mori near the Rialto Market is the bacaro that you are referring as it is not locate near a canal. Also, wine is what they are known for.

      1. re: PBSF

        My memory is a bit hazy (I blame the mini beers + spritzers!) - thank you for correcting me!

        Cantina Do Mori is the pots 'n pans hanging on the ceiling place. The first place I mentioned (spilling out onto canal, mini beers, single nonna making the cicchetti) is Enoteca Cantinone.

    2. A few of my favorites:

      Alla Vedova, La Cantina, Alla Bomba, All'Arco, Bancogiro, Do Spade, Al Prosecco, Vini Padovani, Cantinone gia Schiavi, Ruga Rialto, Cavatappi.

      There are many osteria/trattoria that serves cicchetti in their front bar: Da Alberto, Vivaldia, Al Bacareta are just some.

      Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, San Polo 122,, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

      Al Prosecco
      Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio, Santa Croce 1503, 30135, Venice, Veneto 30135, IT

      Do Spade
      Sestiere San Polo, 860, 30125 Venezia, Italy, Venice, Veneto , IT

      San Polo, 436, Venice, Veneto , IT

      La Cantina
      Campo San Felice, Cannaregio 3689, Venice, Veneto , IT

      Vini Padovani
      Dorsoduro, calle dei Cerchieri,1280, Venice, Veneto , IT

        1. Alla Vedova and Ai Promessi Sposi are two personal favorites!


          Alla Vedova
          Ramo del Ca' d'Oro, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

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          1. re: katieparla

            Here are some more links I happened across in my research. They're in Italian but you can make out the recommendations.


            I threw all these bacaros on a google map and added their hours of operation. I still need to verify all the addresses and locations, but I figure it's a handy way to navigate from spot to spot. I also included gelaterias and pasticcerias. It's color coded so that should help. It's a work in progress so I'd appreciate any feedback.


            1. re: turkob

              Thank you all!

              OMG turkob...this is awesome! Thank you so much! I love the color coding and soo appreciate you sharing this with me! Between your map and katieparla's Gelato guide in Rome http://www.parlafood.com/my-guides-to... (thanks, Katie!) I am set! The only feedback I will offer on your google map, is that it can be enhanced with details of the restaurants as Katie has done with hers. But perhaps it's because Katie has first hand experience tasting all of them. :


              Again, thanks to all your contributions! I love this website!

              9 days and counting...Italy here we come!

              1. re: mauimimi

                so sorry for not thanking you earlier for the link and praise. ive taken a break from chowhound for a while due to an overwhelming work schedule so i missed your kind words. grazie!

              2. re: turkob

                Hi turkob!

                I was wondering if the map was gone? The url is not working for me. :(

                If you have any notes, I would love to hear them. If you have time.


            2. We really enjoyed both All'Arco and Gia Schiavi

              San Polo, 436, Venice, Veneto , IT

              1. Perhaps I went to the wrong places, but I was underwhelmed by the cicchetti at two different places I went to (names escape me.) I found it all bland and over-fried.

                1. Keep in mind cichetti comes in two forms: fried...and not. Some of the newer hipper places have less of the fried stuff, but heck, you must include at least one tasty polpetta, right? (A staple among locals are the mozarella in carrozza at the Rosticceria just of San Barolomeo, but it's "una bomba" ...)

                  La Cantina doesn't really do cichetti, but crostini to order, and they're yummy. Garanghelo doesn't have a banco anymore either, just FYI.

                  A favorite is on the San Trovaso canal in Dorsoduro, Vini già Schiavi (just look for the throngs of people).

                  Vecià Carbonara has some very inventive (and not fried) cichetti, they're at the Maddalena in Cannaregio.

                  A new place that I like very much is El Sbarlefo just up from campo Santi Apostoli, great wine selection, very near Promessi Sposi so you could hit both. :)

                  Al Marcà, Do Mori, al'Arco, Vedova are standard stops on the bàcaro trail... :)

                  I'm a big cichetti fan because the combinations they can come up with never cease to amaze me. A cichetto should cost anywhere from €1 to even 2,50 on a gourmet end, with fish always on the pricier side.

                  DO NOT pass up the bacalà mantecato, mi raccomando! ;)

                  Happy trails!

                  La Cantina
                  Campo San Felice, Cannaregio 3689, Venice, Veneto , IT