When I posted about Venice, I neglected to mention cicchetti. This refers to small snacks or side dishes served in bars around Venice. These may be small sandwiches, crostini, vegetables, a variety of seafood or other small portions of typical full course plates. You can pick and choose portions of these dishes. The bar we visited for cicchetti had a variety of about 20 different items to choose from, priced from 1.5 Euros to 3 Euros each.
Cicchetti is generally available throughout the day and locals may stop in at any time for a quick snack. Usually, cicchetti will be accompanied by a glass of wine so there is a social ritual that goes along with this type of food. The bars are generally small and may only have a few tables where you may stand while having your snack. It’s a terrific way to experience some different foods and to take part in a very Venetian activity.