Eating and drinking are (to most people) luxury pleasures
Cicchetti (in Venetian language) are small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional “bàcari” (cicchetti bars or osterie) in Venice, Italy. Common cicchetti include small servings of a combination of one or more of seafood, meat and vegetable ingredients laid on top of a slice of bread or polenta. Like Spanish tapas, one can also make a meal of cicchetti by ordering multiple plates.
But how, when and where they are eaten??
Simply with fingers and toothpicks, usually standing up, hanging around the counter where they are displayed in numerous bars, osterie and bacari that offer them virtually all day long.
Cicchetti are usually accompanied by a small glass of local white or red wine, which the locals refer to as an “ombra” (shadow).
A lovely find can be Enoiteca Mascareta. It is not really a touristic place – full of local people. The owner, Mauro Lorenzon, is the head of some Italian wine association and on top of that produces wine and prosecco. He is the conductor of the whole show running at this fantastic place.
Trust the staff about the wine and/or prosecco choice. Nice meals, going well with the suggested wine. Very friendly atmosphere. Our friends and us went there every evening, while in Venice.