Venice’s version of tapas are served buffet-style at a bar at either lunchtime or in the early evenings. Dishes range from the familiar (tomato-topped bruschetta) to regional favorites such as baccala mantecato, a salt cod whipped with garlic and olive oil served on grilled polenta or bread. Snacking on cicchetti is a great way to sample numerous dishes, and most are just a handful of euro each.
Try: At the low-key Osteria Al Squero, a glass counter displays the daily selection. Sandwiches and crostini come stuffed with local sausages and charcuterie as well as seasoned cheeses and veggies. Pair yours with wine from the Veneto region or a refreshing Aperol spritz.