Fodor's Expert Review Cantinone già Schiavi

$ Dorsoduro Wine Bar Fodor's Choice

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.

Wine Bar Casual Lunch Quick Bite $ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Dorsoduro 992
Venice, Veneto  30123, Italy

041-5230034

www.cantinaschiavi.com

Known For:
  • Excellent quality cicheti
  • Plenty of wine choices
  • Boisterous local atmosphere
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., and 3 wks in Aug.

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