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How to Eat Cicchetti in Venice

How to Eat Cicchetti in Venice

One of Venice's most delightful culinary traditions is "cicchetti," bite–sized morsels eaten at small bars with a glass of local wine. Learn to find the best cicchetti bars in the city, and find out what and how to order, below.

Things to Know

  • The word "cicchetti" is pronounced "chi–KEH–tee," and a bar that serves these appetizer-sized snacks is called a "bacaro," which is pronounced "BA–ka–ro."

  • Cicchetti is essentially the Venetian version of tapas (although don’t say that to the Venetians). 

  • Venetians often stop at bacari (the plural form of bacaro) for a quick bite with friends before going home to dinner, but you can visit a few bacari in a row to make a fun and interesting meal.

  • Because cicchetti are so small, patrons usually order a small glass of wine and a few cicchetti and eat them standing at the bar with friends. You're welcome to sit at a table, however, if the bacaro has tables. There’s no rush, so take your time, order seconds of whatever tastes best, and then amble on to find the next cicchetti bar. Continue doing this until you've had a full meal.

  • Look for cicchetti featuring seafood from the lagoon, as well as cheese, meat, and vegetables from the Veneto region.

How to Go

Finding the best bacari in Venice and knowing what to order can be confusing without a tour guide, so there are a number of Venice food tours that focus on the city's best cicchetti. With a guided tour you'll get Venetian foodie tips from a local expert, a pleasant stroll around a walkable city, suggestions on the best things to order at each bar, and insights into the unique city of Venice. Some combine visits to cicchetti bars with a tour of the Rialto Market, which gives you a chance to see what's fresh and in season—and therefore what will be turned into cicchetti in good bacari. Starting your Venice trip with one of these tours enables you to venture out to bacari on your own later on.

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Small Group or Private Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

Small Group or Private Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

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Taste your way through the backstreet bars of Venice on this delicious food and wine tour. Follow your local guide to different ‘enotecas’ (wine bars) to discover where local Venetians go to drink and mingle. At each stop, sample regional wines and Prosecco served alongside plates of the popular Venetian appetizers called ‘cicchetti.’ Group size is limited to 12 to ensure a personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.28
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$121.28
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Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market Visit

Venice Street Food Tour with Local Guide with Local Food Market Visit

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Taste your way through the canal city on a street food tour of Venice. Walk through gorgeous squares, see impressive churches, and visit the bustling Rialto Market. See Campo Santa Margherita, the Grand Canal, Basilica dei Frari, San Polo, and much more. Savor Venetian specialties like cicchetti, buranelli, tramezzini, and tiramisu.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.12
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Semi-Private Secret Venice with Rialto market & Food and Wine Tour

Semi-Private Secret Venice with Rialto market & Food and Wine Tour

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Explore Venice's lesser-known gems on this walking tour. Led by a guide, stroll through the stalls of fresh produce at the Rialto Market, stopping at an osteria for a glass of wine and a few cicchetti (Venetian snacks). The head to the historic San Polo and Cannareggio districts, and cross over the Grand Canal on a gondola ride.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.98
Price varies by group size
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$83.98
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Small-group: Venice Food and Wine Walking Tour

Small-group: Venice Food and Wine Walking Tour

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Taste what makes Venetian cuisine unique among Italy on a small-group food and wine walking tour of Venice. See where locals shop for ingredients at the historic Rialto Market, and visit several different wine bars to sample excellent Veneto wines and ‘cicchetti’ appetizers that highlight the region’s vibrant international flavors. Avoid the tourist spots and let a local guide show you how real Venetians eat! Tour size is limited to 8 people for a more personalized, small-group experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.94
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