Venice-style appetizers

September 1, 2013

in Italy,Travels,Venice

Venice Some of the cicchetti at Osteria Al Squero. And the Aperol spritz and cicchetti at Al Squero. And of course, it was good to have an Aperol spritz with them as well.


One of our favorite food stops while we were in Venice was for cicchetti. These small snacks or side dishes are served in traditional bars or osterias where wine and simple food are served. Typical cicchetti include mini sandwiches or plates of vegetables or olives.

Much like with tapas, you can make a meal out of cicchetti. Several times, we stopped at Osteria Al Squero. This taven was in Dorsoduro, not far from where we were staying, and specializes in cicchetti, wine from Triveneto and appertifs.

We liked having an evening spritz and cicchetti on our way to dinner. We would share a small plate or two of these mini sandwiches and try to figure out just what was on each. On a small piece of baguette, there would be local ham, speck, salami or bacon, cheeses, olives, eggplant, sausage, zucchini, sardines, nuts. Oh my, these little sandwiches were so tasty. And they were good to have for lunch as well.

Almost always, it was packed in the evening at Osteria Al Squero.  With just a handful of seats and some bar stools, customers inevitably spilled out into the path in front of the tavern and sat on the canal wall. And the view? It was of the canal, of course, but also overlooking the historic boatyard of San Trovaso, the spot where gondolas are restored and built.

Molto buono!

Venice The gondola boatyard view from Al Squero. Venice As well as the canal itself.


1 Marina Carstens September 1, 2013 at 14:07

Yum! I think I’m going to have to make something like that later this week. Gorgeous photos!

2 Sandra September 1, 2013 at 16:18

Thanks Marina. As I wrote the post, I was thinking the same thing. I decided I want to have a little party and serve them!

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