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Venetian Bacari

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The traditional venue is a bacaro, a typical Venetian bar simply furnished with wooden tables and benches, the perfect place for a relaxed meal or quick snack with friends in cosy surroundings and without paying an arm and a leg!

Venetian bacari serve traditional local meat or fish dishes. You can eat cicheti like sarde in saòr (marinated sardines), baccalà mantecato (creamy dried cod), folpeti (baby octopus), meat or fish balls and fried fish. 

Venice is full of bacari, you’ll find one on every corner, so do as the locals do and enjoy an unusual meal in laid-back surroundings; a “giro per bacari” is a sure-fire way of experiencing the real Venice.

An area with a high concentration of bacari is Rialto, a bustling area famed for its market and now very popular among the young in-crowd. Here in a sotoportego around the corner from the market is the Cantina Do Mori, where you can choose from a vast range of cicheti and bottled wine served at the counter.

In Campo San Giacometto, just a few steps from the Rialto Bridge is the Bancogiro, a small historic bacaro where, if it is not too cold, you can eat delectable food al-fresco and admire the passing boats on the Grand Canal.

Crossing the Rialto Bridge, just behind Campo San Bortolomeo, is the Osteria Alla Botte: popular among students and locals this bacaro is always crowded; you might drop in for a quick “ombra e cichetoand find yourself chatting with friends in the calle with a glass of wine in hand!

Not far from Rialto, at San Lio, is the Osteria al Portego: a cosy little osteria with only a handful of tables that is very popular among the neighbourhood locals; a traditional Venetian bacaro where you can eat cicheti at the counter washed down with wine served by the glass from wooden barrels!

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Enoteca La Mascareta, in Santa Maria Formosa where colourful host Mauro Lorenzon serves fine wines and champagnes accompanied by cicheti and oysters served at the counter or at tables in the large dining rooms.

In Strada Nuova you’ll find the Osteria Ca’ D’Oro, better known as Osteria Alla Vedova, one of the city’s oldest bacari furnished with bare wooden tables where you can enjoy a range of cicheti including the osteria’s delicious “polpettine”, according to some the best meatballs in Venice!

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