What is a cicheto? The word apparently originates from latin ciccus, a small something, a small bite, and defines those small plates which are a bit of a cult among Venetians. This is an experience not to be missed while in the city. Out tour kicks off amidst the bustling market stalls in Rialto selling fish, fruit and vegetables, the area which was once the old commercial centre of Venice. The Rialto market was founded in the 11th C and was the place where one could buy the most exotic goods coming from the East, such as silks and spices. The whole area is still very vibrant and bears witness to its old history: all the names within the area are reminiscent of the past activities. The Venetian cuisine is based on fish, and the star here is no doubt the Pescheria, where fresh fish is sold every morning from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Colours, locals, voices…it’s a real feast!
Having explored the different stalls, we’ll take you to some of the most traditional and iconic bacari in the nearby maze of alleyways: the bacari are small eateries or bars where you usually stand but can also seat at a table, right in front of a big counter, a showcase displaying all the local freshly prepared cicheti. It’s look-and-point food. You can chose among polpette (fried meatballs) of small fried fish such as fried calamari, fried vegetables, anchovies, baccalà (creamed codfish), cheeses and salami, to be accompanied with a a nice glass of good wine or a spritz. We shall disclose this new world of specialities and traditions to you! A tour of the bacari is a custom very much alive in Venetian life, a way to delight your palate, socialise and delve into the local culture. A journey not to be missed!