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Venice, one bite after another

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As the rain pounds my window, I would like nothing more than to be back in Venice right now. I figured that reliving our trip in a blog post would be a reasonable substitute, especially if I could talk about my favourite topic: food.

Italy is a pretty great country to visit on the food front. Pasta and pizza are so simple, that they’re hard to mess up, but on the flip side of that, when they’re just right, they’re hard to beat. The same rules apply to Venice as to most touristy cities – if you eat in the heart of the city it will be pricey and perhaps not as authentic as you might like. Wander a few streets back and you’re likely to get much better food at much better prices.

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One of our favourite lunch spots on our trip was Pane Vino e San Daniele. This spot was a 10-minute walk out of town, and a cross between a wine bar and an eaterie. We sat outside and I devoured a plate of ravioli stuffed with ham, cheese and sage, served with a Parmesan sauce. It was utterly divine and mopping that sauce up with the basket of fresh bread we’d been delivered was the perfect end to the meal. Rob opted for a traditional bread and bean soup, which was hearty, filling and very tasty.

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I’d thoroughly recommend visiting Pane Vino e San Daniele. They also had a fantastic cichetti menu (traditional Venetian snacks, similar to tapas), but we never made it back unfortunately.

I knew before I went to Venice that I wanted to sample authentic cichetti and we did just that at Bancogiro. This beautiful restaurant is close to the Rialto Bridge, but has a surprinsgly quiet spot on the canal, where you can watch the boats go buy as you sip a Spritz and nibble on cichetti. We chose to have a selection of their bread-based cichetti, which were similar to bruschetta but with toppings that were much more exciting than tomaotes. The toppings ranged from meat-based to cheese-topped, with a number of vegetarian options – my favourite was heaped with roasted aubergine. Prices start from around €3 per cichetti.

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People usually eat cichetti with a Spritz. You’ll see signs for the famous Venetian drink all over the city, which is a cocktail of Aperol, Prosecco and soda water. It’s delicious, refreshing and the perfect drink to have with all those little nibbles.

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Another highlight of our trip was a visit to the famous Harry’s Bar for Bellinis. As one of my favourite drinks, I had to visit the bar where it all began and it didn’t disappoint – it was the best Bellini I have ever tasted. Unfortunately, Harry’s Bar don’t allow you to take photos, so I can’t share any with you.

We were only in Venice for a couple of days, so this pretty much covers our food highlights. Cichetti was a complete revelation and something I hope catches on in the UK before I have to hot-foot it back to Venice to get some more.

Have you ever been to Venice? What did you think of the food?

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  • sileas

    Thanks for sharing this – I really love Venice but I found it somewhat tough to find a place which didn’t look like a tourist trap! I’ll keep this restaurant in mind for next time ;)


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re right Sileas, there are quite a few that have that ring about them. I think this time, we got lucky. X

  • http://mitziemeeblog.com/ Mitzie Mee

    I’ve never been to Venice, but I really want to go someday. The Spritz sounds like a refreshing drink in the sun and I can’t take my eyes off the cichetti, they look so tasty:)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      The cichetti were seriously tasty! I’ve taken to making them at home as they’re such a treat x

  • http://www.shuttersandletters.co.uk Gwen – Shutters and Letters

    I’ve not made it to Venice but it is definitely on the list! I brought a bottle of Aperol back from Italy last year – it’s been sitting on my shelf all year – I really need to get some friends round, get the nibbles out and crack it open!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I would thoroughly recommend you do, Gwen. The next time Edinburgh has a sunny day is as good a time as any ;-)

  • Sooae Lee
    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I know how you feel Sooae, I’m desperate to go back too x