Venice, the most romantic city in the whole world! Overflowing with history, art and culture, thanks to its well-known museums, elegant palaces and important monuments. But would you say that Venice can be fun, tasty… and tipsy? With a small investment in time and euros? I will prove you that this city hides some food and wine paradises sharing my personal tips for the ultimate Venice Bacaro Tour!
A Bacaro is a typical venitian wine bar, where to have an excellent glass of wine and some tasty appetizers (called cicchetti); you will just find a couple of tables and chairs, some old Venitian men reading the newspaper and sipping their “ombra” (small glass of wine), and a wide selection of tapas, ready to be enjoyed. So take your time, choose a whole day to spend around Venitian calli and… enjoy the tour! Here you find a list of some Bacari I personally tried and appreciated, during my foggy day trips to Venice. In my pleasant “research” I focused on Cannaregio area, close to Venice train station and cheaper than the other Venetian “sestieri”. Hungry? Thirsty? Here we go with the Bacaro Tour!!
Ciccheteria Venexiana Da Luca e Fred: this is the easiest-to-find bacaro in Cannaregio. Just five minutes far from Venice station, close to the famous “Ponte delle Guglie”, this small bacaro offers an informal atmosphere, excellent prices, and a special focus on fried food (just try the codfish and the croquettes, you won’t stop at round one).
Al Paradiso Perduto: in my opinion, the most authentic bacaro/restaurant among those I visited. A welcoming and quaint atmosphere, created by a colorful mosaic over the entrance, wooden-beamed ceilings and simple benches, will immediately struck you. Let me just add the presence of a bearded chef, that loves chatting and narrating some old Venetians legends and anecdotes… and that’s the whole picture! Lovely, isn’t it? But what about the taste? Excellent wines (served in rustic, simple bottles) and a huge selection of cicchetti, outcome of seasonal available products and creativity. Here I had a delicious fried artichoke, just come out of the fryer, and the most wonderful “sarda alla beccafico” (sardine with capers, olive oil, tomatoes, bread crumbs, raisin, pine nuts).
Vino Vero: a deeply refined bacaro, managed by non Venetian owner. This small wine bar aims at proposing the best Italian wine labels, from top-notch wineries exclusively. Here, you will not find simple glasses or cicchetti… but exquisite wines and original, extra-ordinary appetizers (not only Venetian recipes but also creative combinations from other Italian regions). Here I enjoyed a first-class Prosecco with “lingua in salsa verde” (boiled tongue with a parsley and garlic sauce). A not-to-miss break if you want to relish something different during your Bacaro Tour.
Alla Vedova: this is one of the oldest and most traditional bacari/restaurants in Venice. It will be difficult for you to find a seat, since the restaurant is always crowded, but just stay next to the counter and order a meatball and a glass of wine. No kidding, here you will enjoy the best meatballs ever! As an alternative, fried squids are well-renowned as well. The owner, if not too busy, will spend some time in chatting with you if you wish.
Ai Promessi Sposi: one of my favourite places. With 3,00 € you will enjoy a good glass of wine accompanied by a wonderful cicchetto (I personally suggest the creamed dried cod, a must!). The selection of appetizers is wide, and the waiters prove to be extremely friendly and helpful, suggesting the best mixes between food and wine.
El Sbarlefo: last but not least, look for this small bacaro. You will just find a couple of seats, and a huge selection of cicchetti, from fish skewers, to meatballs, to southern Italy specialties (olives, spicy peppers), to fresh sandwiches. This is the perfect place to conclude your Bacaro Tour, with one (or two) last glass!This entry was posted in Venice