The Venice Biennale is open - the Big Question: Where to Eat and Drink?

The best Cicchetti in Venice

With the Biennale having opened last week; visitors, tourists and art enthusiasts are hunting for the most delicious eating place in Venice. And there is a large range of options across restaurants, Bacaros, Osterias, Coffee and Cocktail Bars to indulge in the taste and atmosphere of the Serenissima.

The Venetian alternative to Tapas are called cicchetti, served up in bàcari (osterias in the local dialect) such as the Cantine del Vino già Schiavi in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood. Each day the owner prepares upwards of 60 variations of cicchetti—delights like swordfish tartare or ricotta topped with sun-dried tomato—for less than €2 each. A half dozen of those, combined with a glass of  Valdobbiadene Prosecco. Heaven! Try also Osteria al Squero or Bacaro Vintido.

Spritz Aperitivo with a view

Enjoy the panorama of Venice and the Giudecca Canal while relaxing in in the Skyline Rooftop Bar of the Hilton Stucky Hotel on the eighth floor. Spoil yourself with a delicious cocktail or the famous Venice Spritz. Alternatively, try the Spritz in a Venetian secret garden at the Hotel Heureka. Or located on the Grand Canal, in the heart of Venice and just a few meters from the Rialto Bridge, the fantastic H10 Palazzo Canova comes with a charming and elegant rooftop bar, called La Terrazza Bar.

Coffee at Caffè Florian

Caffè Florian has been open since 1720 and takes you back in time. The Caffè del Doge, a coffee with Florian coffee liqueur and whipped cream, or the Caffè dell’Imperatore, Florian Gianduja spread, milk and hazelnut cream are delicious coffee options and as decadent as the neo-baroque interior of the café.

Indulge in typical Venetian Cuisine

Just off Piazza San Marco, All'Aciugheta, a Bacaro with an elegant and refined atmosphere and friendly service. Egg and anchovy, creamed cod and then delicious meatballs of sardines, pecorino and mint are the great classics that make up the menu of the restaurant, together with croutons of different inspirations such as that with salmon and avocado, or Thai beef. There are also gluten free pizzas and focaccias and some proposals from the kitchen, to be combined with the excellent wine list.

The Osteria La Zucca in Santa Croce is the right place for those who love vegetable cuisine, which welcomes guests in the small room with about thirty seats, but can also have some seats in the outdoor area, a short distance from Camp San Giacomo dall'Orio . The cuisine, while not vegetarian, rewards local seasonal vegetables, protagonists of flans, first courses, soups and side dishes that do not skimp on the use of spices.

The cuisine at Da Riccardo, is influenced by the creative instinct of chef Riccardo and the quality of the products, such as the meat arriving from the Damini butcher's shop in Arzignano. You can choose between meat tasting courses, vegetarian or in Venetian style, with the freedom of being able to opt for a spaghetti al nero or a plate of tagliatelle al regau all Bolognese.

Serena Bergamo, a young cook and restaurateur at DiMe Bistro, has been managing this mini cathedral of Venetian food for the past five years. The setting is intriguing , the products are of high quality, elaborated in an artisanal and respectful style. For dinner from Tuesday to Saturday it offers two short trips in the dark, 5 or 7 courses. Otherwise, choose à la carte between Panzanella with marinated anchovies or Scallops, Jerusalem artichoke and licorice olvere, Linguine with garlic and parsley, Caorle spiked squid and bottarga or Tagliolini with coffee, red prawns and porcini mushrooms. Among the second courses, Manzancolle, goat cheese, lemon and Parma ham or Fried fish.

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