Food in Venice: Osterie & Bacari – What you need to know
Venice is famous for its distinctive culinary tradition offering unique flavors and spiced recipes; however, eating in Venice can be a tad expensive and reserve bitter surprises. There are some restaurants that have become famous and are even featured in popular travel & restaurants guides, including the Michelin, offering some delicious food, but if you prefer something a little less “advertised”, more local, and truly Venetian then you have to follow the Venetians ….. “When in Rome …”, right?
Mingle with the locals and follow them to their usual Bacari, aka the local pubs, and discover simple places offering healthy foods paired with great selections of local wines, all at reasonable prices!
Move away from the historic center. Here is a selection of Bacari and Pubs just for you. Some of these are historical and although more touristy, they are still worth a visit; others have recently opened but keep alive the culinary tradition of Venetian Cicchetti & Ombre (aka nibbles and wine-glasses)
Bacari and Pubs in Venice:
- ANTICA OSTERIA ALLA VEDOVA – TRATTORIA CÀ D’ORO: Strada Nuova, Cannaregio. You cannot miss the famous Vedova Meatballs. What to visit nearby: the Palazzo Santa Sofia, aka Ca’ d’Oro
- CANTINONE GIÀ SCHIAVI: Fondamenta della Toletta, Dorsoduro. Offering many typical “cicchetti” including Sarde in Saor and Baccalà, sopressa and cheeses. Great selection of wines. What to visit nearby: The Accademia Gallery
- CANTINA DO’ MORI Rialto, near the Farmer’s Market. Perhaps the oldest Osteria in Venice offering an incredible selection of mini sandwiches called Francobolli (aka stamps). Musetto Sausage and sopressa salami. What to visit nearby: Rialto Farmer’s Market
- Cantina Vecia Carbonera: Canneregio 2329. What to visit nearby: Santa Sofia / Ca’ d’Oro
- Osteria Alla Ciurma: Calle Galeazza, 406A, 30125 San Polo. What to visit nearby: Rialto Farmer’s Market
- Osteria Al Ponte ‘La Patatina’: Campo San Polo, 2741. What to visit nearby: San Polo and the Chiesa dei Frari
- Naranzaria: San Polo, 130. What to visit nearby: Rialto Farmer’s Market and Rialto Bridge
- Enoteca Do Colonne: Rio Terà del Cristo, 1814/C. What to visit nearby: Cannaregio and Ghetto
- Osteria alla Frasca: Cannaregio, 5176. What to visit nearby: Fondamente nuove and Miracoli Church, and San Giovanni & Paolo
- Al Timon: Fondamenta Ormesini, 2754. What to visit nearby: Cannaregio Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Madonna dell’Orto
- Cantina Do Spade: San Polo, 859. What to visit nearby: Campo San Giacometto and
- Al Mercà: Campo Bella Vienna, 213. What to visit nearby: Rialto and Ca’ Pesaro International Modern Art Galleries
- Osteria Bancogiro: Campo San Giacometto, 122. What to visit nearby: Rialto Bridge, Rialto and the Farmer’s Market, and Campo San Bartolomeo
- Bacareto Da Lele: Campo dei Tolentini 183 – What to visit nearby: Santa Croce. Tolentini, Campo Santa Margherita and San Rocco
- Alla Bifora: Dorsoduro, 2930 Santa Margherita. What to visit nearby: Scuola Grande dei Carmini
- La Zucca: Santa Croce, 1762. What to visit nearby: Fondaco dei Turchi and the Museum of Natural History
Let’s get to know some Typical Venetian Dishes! Typical Venetian dishes go well beyond the popular fish recipes offering many traditional meats and vegetables dishes as well. Among the fish dishes the best known are the cod with polenta, black cuttlefish, bigoli in salsa, fried moeche (soft-shell crabs), mussels and clams, mixed fried fish basket, sea bass and sea bream, scampi (as in shrimps, not the sauce!) eels … all grilled served with just a touch of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon, or naked. And you cannot possibly miss the Venetian Granceola (aka spider crab)!
For meats and vegetables, we recommend all the fresh vegetables that come from the island of Sant’ Erasmo, famous are the artichokes and the asparagus, as well as green peas for the famous “Risi e Bisi” (a creamy risotto with peas) and the incomparable “Pasta Fazool”. Other exquisite dishes feature the flavorful “Radicchio di Treviso as the main ingredient. For meats in addition to the famous Venetian Liver cooked in sautéed onions, we have the duck, the local Venetian Sausage called “Musetto” with polenta, and other interesting cuts that you can still find in some old tavern as traditional Cichetti!
In Venice you can also find the famous sandwiches “Tramezzini”:
Bar to Nomboli: San Polo Calle 2117c of Nomboli. Close to Goldoni’s House, the Church of the Frari and San Polo.
The meaning of the wordOmbre aka “Shadows”, which stands for a glass of wine, comes from back when the wine sellers in Piazza San Marco were located right under the Saint Mark’s Bell Tower and used to move the wine barrels to follow the shade in order to always keep the wine protected from the sun!
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