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Dine like a Venetian: Best Cicchetti Bars in Venice

Venice – The City of Cicchetti

When visiting Venice it can be a little overwhelming when trying to decide on where you want to eat. There are so many amazing options to choose from. It can also really hurt your pocket if you are staying for longer than a week!


That is why Darren and I were so lucky to happen upon the unique Cicchetti tradition in Venice where you can have a nice meal with drinks for less than 20 Euros each. Score!

Check out our blog post here on our Venice in Winter trip where you can find two of the best restaurants in Venezia – two that we fell in love with.


Pronounced “chee-KET-eeh”, Cicchetti can be likened to that of Milan’s Aperitivo or Spain’s Tapas – smalls plates that are served with a drink. These Cicchetti are served during happy hour which is between 6-9 pm (some even start at 4pm) whereby ordering a glass of wine or a drink of choice you are allowed one plate of their delicious foods on offer.


One night Darren chanced a second helping and we didn’t get any side glances or stares but we suggest to rather keep it to one otherwise order another drink and keep the night going!

The dishes offered may differ from bàcari to bàcari. But you will mainly find dishes such as fried scampi, raw fish dishes, polpettes and platters of cheeses, cold meats and freshly baked loaves of bread.



The bars that serve Cicchetti are known as bàcari and are usually extremely lively and make for such an entertaining night out. Filled with the flurry of Italian conversations and delicious meals to boot.


Make sure to start your bàcari nightout early in order to get a good seat otherwise be prepared to stand – either makes for some awesome people watching. Something that Darren and I shamelessly do wherever we go.


We thought we would let you in on some of our best bàcari that served us cicchetti while we were in Venice and also some that we would like to try next time we go!

Bacaro Risorto

Campo San Provolo, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 340 301 7047
An extremely small bar with a great big heart, situated just around the corner from San Marco. The place has a lovely buzz that is perfectly emphasised by the rock ‘n roll music that can be heard playing in the background.
Recommended Dishes:
  • Polpettes
  • Speck and Caprino
  • Pork Crostini

Osteria Al Portego

Calle Della Malvasia Castello 6014, 30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 9038
When you are near some of the major attractions in Venice, it can be hard to find authentic Italian cuisine instead of food designed for tourists. That is why Al Portego is such a great find, situated close to Rialto bridge. Craving seafood? This is the place to go.
Recommended Dishes:
  • Cod done three ways
  • Antipasti Sampler
  • Fried Zucchini

Cantina Do’Mori

San Polo 429, Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 5401
Do’Mori is the oldest bar in Venice, established in 1462, this bàcaro is the epitome of authentic Venetian culture. Here you can find the best glass of red wine in Venice as well as cicchetti that will tantalize your taste buds while at the same time not burn a hole in your pocket. We had a few glasses of wine with 6 plates of cicchetti and it came to around 12 Euros. Without a doubt, this was one of our favourites!
Recommended Dishes:
  • Crostini
  • Baccalà Mantecato
  • Tramezzini

Osteria Bancogiro

Campo San Giacometto, 122, I-30125 Venice, Italy
+39 041 523 2061
A visit to Bancogiro is definitely worth it, if not for the delicious cicchetti on offer but for the stunning view overlooking the Grand Canal. If Prosecco is your drink of choice then this is the place to order a bottle and eat some tasty plates of food. We loved our afternoon spent here!
Recommended Dishes:
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Chicken Livers
  • Mixed Fish Platter

La Cantina

Strada Nuova- Cannaregio 3689, Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 8258


If wine is not really your thing then a quick bite and an ice-cold beer is definitely suggested at La Cantina. The Morgana Beer is usually a hit with locals and tourists alike. Great selection of wines, cold beer, and stunning cicchetti dishes – La Cantina has it all.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Fresh Oysters
  • Mortadella and their freshly baked bread
  • Carpaccio

Ca’ d’Oro – Alla Vedova

Calle Ca d’Oro, 30121 Venice, Italy
+39 041 528 5324


The most friendliest staff that will help you try to pronounce some of the Italian dishes – unlike some other authentic Venetian establishments. When visiting Italy we always try and converse in the little Italian we know, after all a little effort goes a long way. A cozy little establishment that is perfect for fresh bites and an enjoyable night out.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Polpette (the best meatballs in Venice)
  • Sarde in Saor 
  • Polenta with Cuttlefish


So that’s it! We hope you will find your own bàcaro in Venice when you visit and love them as much as we did! If you have any of your favourites, let us know in the comments.


Dine Like A Venetian - Best Cicchetti Bars in Venice





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