GUIDE TO VENICE’S BEST BACARI
We decided to follow this suggestion and we went around Venice by adopting the same perspective as a Venetian, going from bàcaro to bàcaro.
WHAT IS “BACARO”?
The word comes from Bacchus. It is a typical Venetian tavern, with a very rustic atmosphere, where you can taste the so-called “ombre” (glasses of wine) accompanied by “cicchetti”, delicious snacks that consist of crostini, mozzarella in carrozza, meatballs and so on. Is the place predelight from each Venetian for one of the most relaxing (and sacred) moment of his day: the aperitif.
READY TO START? BACARIAMO!
Walking in Venice is very fascinating, if we add also good wine, cicchetti and some laugh… what more could we want? So here is the guide to the best bàcari to live this wonderful city from another point of view.
BACARETO DA LELE
Bacareto da Lele is one of the most famous tavern and fully reflects the typical Venetian bàcaro. The local, in fact, consists of a single room with a counter in which are exposed delicious cicchetti, sandwiches with porchetta, salami, mushrooms, speck, mortadella, in short a wide choice to suit all tastes. You can enjoy ombre and cicchetti outside, using the large wooden barrels as table. It is located in Santa Croce neighborhood, close to Piazzale Roma and is frequented by the locals but also by many students due to its proximity to the University. Highly recommended for the quality to price ratio.
Prices: around €1 for cicchetti and glasses of wine.
Address: Santa Croce 183, five minutes walk from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia. Open from Monday to Friday from 06 to 20, Saturday from 06 to 14, closed on Sundays.
CANTINA VECIA CARBONERA
Cantina Vecia Carbonera is one of the oldest bàcari in Venice. The room is very spacious: at the entrance there is a large counter with a vast assortment of cicchetti accompanied with wines of the hinterland. It is located in a strategic position, in Campo della Maddalena, along Strada Nuova.
Prices: from €1,50 for cicchetti to 3€ for glasses of wine.
Address: Campo della Maddalena 2329, at about 10 minutes from the Railway Station and Piazzale Roma.
LA BOTTIGLIA LOCAL STREET FOOD
Bottiglia Local Street Food is a bàcaro in modern style characterized by quality products, carefully selected among the best local productions. It offers a large choice of cheeses and cold meats, while the vegetables are present in function of seasonality, index of authenticity. Good wine list. The staff is very friendly, helpful and attentive. Inside the room there are many seating but you can always sit outside.
Prices: €3 for glasses of wine, €5 euros for cold meats and sandwiches.
Address: San Polo 2537, Campo San Stin. Open every day from 10.00 to 22.30.
CANTINA DO MORI
Cantina Do Mori is one of the most characteristic tavern: a real dive in the past in which have the typical Venetian aperitif surrounded by copper pots and demijohns. The legend tells that even Casanova frequented this local. There is a vast choice of cicchetti made of meat and fish. Absolutely to taste the “Stamps”, small square sandwiches stuffed with crab, shrimp, ham and much more.
Prices: prices vary from €1 for cicchetti and “Stamps” and €2.5 for a glass of wine.
Address: San Polo 429. Open from Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm. Closed on Sundays.
AL SACRO E PROFANO
Al Sacro e Profano is a lovely bàcaro located two steps from the Rialto Bridge. The interior has around twenty seats. It is very welcoming and you can enjoy the atmosphere of the real Venice staying at tables located between the calle and the arcades leading to Rialto.
Prices: from € 2 for cicchetti to € 3 for a glass of wine.
Address: San Polo 502. Open from Monday to Saturday from 10 to 15, from 18 to 23. Closed on Sundays.
Located at the end of a narrow calle, this very characteristic bàcaro, is divided into two floors: on the first floor you find the restaurant while on the ground floor there is the bàcaro with the typical counter full of delicacies from the mozzarella in carrozza to meatballs, from skewers of potatoes to typical cicchetti with stockfish, meats and every other kind of filling. The room is very large and well cared for.
Prices: from €1 for a glass of wineto €1.5 for mozzarella in carrozza and other cicchetti.
Address: Calle dell’Orso 5495. Open every day from 10.30 to 00.00.
BACARO AL RAVANO
Bacaro al Ravano is a nice local where you can taste good wine accompanied by delicious cicchetti including meats, cheeses and, absolutely to taste the creamy baccalà and the sarde in saor. Great for a stopover in the Rialto area.
Prices: the price for the cicchetti ranges from €1 to €4, glass of wine from € 3.
Address: Rughetta del Ravano, 1047. Open every day from 9.00 to 23.00.
Well, now are you ready for an authentic Venetian experience?