Fodor's Expert Review Cantinone già Schiavi
A mainstay for anyone living or working in the area, this beautiful family-run 19th-century bacaro across from the squero (gondola repair shop) of San Trovaso has original furnishings and one of the city's best wine cellars, and the walls are covered floor-to-ceiling with bottles for purchase. The cicheti here are some of the most inventive—and freshest—in Venice (feel free to compliment the Signora, who makes them up to twice a day). Try the crostini-style layers of bread, smoked swordfish, and slivers of raw zucchini, or pungent slices of Parmesan, fig, pistachio, and toast. They also have a creamy version of baccalà mantecato spiced with herbs, and there are nearly a dozen open bottles of wine for experimenting at the bar. You'll have no trouble spotting the Cantinone as you approach; it's the one with throngs of chatty patrons enjoying themselves.
Venice, Veneto 30123, Italy
- Excellent quality cicheti
- Plenty of wine choices
- Boisterous local atmosphere