The meatballs, not usually what I would have ordered, were to die for and wickedly morerish, followed by delicately stacked calamari rings and a host of other mouthwatering bites so hard to resist, despite the upcoming prandial appointment.We were drinking a chilled, lightly sparkling red called Raboso.If you step back a street or two you may well find that the throngs fall away and you are left with a truer depiction of this magical place.Taste buds tingling at the thought of our pick of a few of the best bacari and cicchetti in Venice?Much like you would go to Seville for the truly delicious tapas experience and absolutely not for the restaurants, though good ones can be found (apparently), Venice is certainly not a destination for world class eateries.There are, however, a few low key exceptions, in the form of those champions of the small plate and wine food, Bacari and Cicchetti.
There are dozens, possibly hundreds of these little eateries dotted around the city, making a comprehensive review of the market daunting and verging on the impossible, but a recent trip to La Serenissima led me to a concentration of excellent examples of genre in the cooler, hidden from the baking sun alleyways near the Rialto fish markets.
In the characteristic and not so visited area of Cannaregio. located in a beautiful setting with its campo facing the canal, a memorable bell tower, and inside beautiful Tintoretto artwork.
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli Certainly one of the most unique churches of the city. It’s very close to the renowned church San Giovanni e Paolo and very close to the Rialto bridge, a beautiful little treasure placed between two bridges and a canal.
Genius, and the perfect accompaniment to the deep flavour of the meatballs.
It is so easy to get swept along by the endless snaking of tourist trails which clog up the arteries of this magnificent city.
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