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  • Writer's pictureStefania Gioia

Pure Tradition at Osteria Al Cicheto

Updated: Mar 12, 2018

As of today, through a superficial lens, Venice swarms with touristy eateries, ordinary (and expensive) pizza places, average wine bars that offer commercial wines and costly menus. But if you learn some off the beaten path routes, you’ll realize that this city, despite the overwhelming tourists’ flocks, didn’t forget its typical recipes and significant oenological tradition. Osteria Al Cicheto, managed by Simone Salin and his two brothers, is a great example of quintessential bacaro.

Located in the inner-city neighborhood of Cannaregio, the osteria was attended by a crowd of drunkards when, in 1986, the family decided to take it over. With passion and constancy, the place was deeply transformed in a small wine bar that offers simple, typical dishes and a selection of the most unique wines from Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Simone, who tastes each and every wine is going to pour in his clients’ glasses, has a deep knowledge of the biologic and biodynamic small producers in the areas

and, if you are a grape nut, will know how to find the real treat for you, choosing from the 20 labels by the glass and the 150 by the bottle.

The osteria’s menu consists of about 20 dishes, cooked following the most traditional recipes, from fried meatballs to musetto and polenta (pork sausage and polenta), from baccala’ (dried salted cod) to castradina, a mutton based soup, prepared each year to celebrate the Madonna della Salute feast.

While the lunch offer is limited, to guarantee a faster and cheaper break, the dinner includes a 24 to 33 euros menu, that changes with the season and according to the available raw material - always first choice!

From time to time Simone, who’s a genuine and meticulous wine lover, organizes theme tastings - one of the last ones was about the vintage reds of Veneto. He prefers jazz and blues backgrounds and, apparently, loves listening, as old-fashioned hosts are used to do with frequent customers and occasional visitors.

Have a Glass in Venice is happy to include this historical wine bar into its Cannaregio off the beaten path tour!

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