Bacari & Cicheti – Quick Snack in Venice

Bacari & Cicheti – Quick Snack in Venice

For a quick snack in Venice, people visit the bacari to taste the cicheti

For those who come to Venice, whether it be just passing through or staying for a few days, it is an absolute must to do the rounds of the Bacari, the typical Venetian taverns where you can savour snacks and drink good wine, mostly standing, but sometimes even sitting. We're talking about a quick snack that is satisfying and, above all, economic. The term "Bàcaro" has controversial origins: some say it comes from Bacchus (god of wine), and others argue that it comes from the expression "far bàcara" which, in the local dialect, meant to celebrate noisily. The bacari are meeting places frequented by many Venetians. Inside, you can taste the excellent "cicheti", or finger food of all kinds: from baccalà mantecato (purée of salted codfish) to meatballs, from sarde in saor (marinated sardines) to stir-fried baby vegetables, from scampi to soppressa (a typical salami). All this, of course, accompanied by a glass of good wine: Prosecco, Raboso, Cabernet or Soave. At the bar you may hear the term "ombra de vin": a glass of wine in Venice is traditionally called "shadow" because wine merchants were accustomed to bargain under the bell tower and to keep the wine cool they followed the shade. We cannot avoid mentioning some of our favourite bacari: "Muro" in Campo Bella Vienna at the Rialto, and nearby: "All’Arco", "Ai do Mori" and "Ae do spade", in a little side calle (street) of Ruga Rialto; "La Vedova" in front of the stop of Ca d’Oro; and "Cantina Ai Schiavi" (called Al Bottegon) in Fondamenta Nani, close to Zattere.

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