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  • Writer's pictureStefania Gioia

Naranzaria: Wine and Cicheti on Canal Grande

Updated: Mar 12, 2018

Located between the very ancient church of San Giacometto and the historic Campo dell’Erbaria, this small bar and restaurant was once part of the oldest Venetian core, also known as main trading point between East and Europe. As a matter of fact, Naranzaria takes its name from the historical citrus market that used to flourish in this area.

The current management, a result of cooperation between historic owner Conte Brandino Brandolini d’Adda, architect Umberto La Caprara and a group of young enthusiasts, was probably inspired both by history and by the near Rialto market when created a menu that combines the freshest local products with high-end Italian gastronomy.

While the kitchen is usually stocked with biological products coming from Vistorta estate, a Brandolini d’Adda’s property in the west of Friuli, the menu boasts typical products such as Sant’Erasmo Violet Artichoke, Pitina Friulana and Sulmona Red Garlic. The selection of cheese and cold cuts is really impressive and includes cured meat from the Po Valley’s Maiale Tranquillo, such as the Gran Culaccia (Bettella Family) or the Spalla Cotta di San Secondo.

The extra virgin oil on the table is a result of an accurate selection from Abruzzo and Parmigiano Reggiano is 60 months aged.

Some of the wine list’s labels are produced by Brandolini’s family, that in 30 years developed its estate introducing organic practices, the planting of new Merlot clones from Bordeaux and a system of high-density planting. But besides local products like Tocai, Refosco, Merlot and Pinot Grigio, you can find wines from other Italian regions, carefully selected with a keen focus on the small, natural producers.

With 25/30 indoor seats, the tiny place boasts a 50 seats stunning terrace on the picturesque Canal Grande, reminding once again the indissoluble ties between earth and sea in a city where scents, flavours, people and cultures have been mingling for centuries.

Have a Glass in Venice is happy to include this stop into its Bacari tour.

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