April 03, 2015

"C" is for Cicchetti


In the Dorsoduro district of Venice there's a tiny wine bar with a very long name, Enoteca Cantine del Vino Gia Schiavi. Every day we walked past the window filled with plates of fresh cicchetti, traditional Venetian bar snacks similar to the tapas served in Spain. We dropped in several times to sample these snacks and soon began to call the bar 'our little cicchetti place'.


Assortment of Cicchetti



Dining in Venice can be expensive and a plate of cicchetti is a thrifty alternative to meals served in a traditional restaurant. Seafood, cheese, tomatoes, artichokes, salami, figs and other fresh ingredients are used in their preparation. Just point to the morsels that appeal to you and the server will fill up your plate.


Cicchetti at the Bar



You can eat your cicchetti standing up at the bar but I preferred eating outdoors in the sunshine by the canal. There was always a small crowd seated on the stairs of the nearby bridge with a glass of Prosecco in one hand and a plate of cicchetti in the other. The prices to-go are cheaper too.


Cicchetti with Prosecco on the Canal


Cantine del Vino Gia Schiavi, Dorsoduro


If you ever visit Venice I recommend you join the locals and give the cicchetti a try.

Next:  "D" is for Dome

10 comments:

  1. This is something for me! I love to eat this type of food where you pick a little of this and that. Cicchetti is now included in my gourmet vocabulary - section delicious things to try.

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    1. There's something for everyone, and a different assortment each day.

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  2. Looks like a delicious place to stop daily! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I love tapas and ate it quite often when we were living or traveling in Spain. Tapas was my first thought when I saw your first photo. If I ever get back to Italy, Cicchetti will be on my list.

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    1. I've never been to Spain - it's on my list - and would love to try the tapas. If you go to Venice, Rick Steves' guidebook lists several cicchetti bars in the Rialto Market area.

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  4. As soon as I saw bread I was sure I would enjoy it. Looks yummy.

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  5. Those look so good. My eye immediately went to the fig and ham combination. I hope you ate lots of little plates.

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    1. Oh, yes, I sampled many, many combinations. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth.

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