All’Arco (Calle Arco, 436): In the San Polo neighborhood just steps from the bustling Rialto fish and vegetable market, this tiny spot has just a table or two outside and standing room only indoors. The humble surroundings belie the gourmet cicchetti within, made fresh for the steady stream of customers.
Cantina Azienda Agricola (Rio Tera San Leonardo): This historic neighbourhood bàcaro in Cannaregio quite near the Ghetto has a charmingly dated decor and affable owners which do nothing but add to quality of their cicchetti and wine. Excellent price/quality ratio.
Osteria Al Portego (Calle della Malvasia): Tucked into a tiny square just a short walk from the Rialto, this restaurant has a front counter crowded with trays of cicchetti and a couple of tables tucked in the back where they serve their excellent restaurant fare. A lively spot at night, with diners spilling out into the square.
Taverna del Campiello Remer (Campiello del Remer): If you are particularly careful with your travel budget, this spot’s nightly all-you-can-eat cicchetti buffet runs under €7 and comes with the added bonus of the view of the romantically lit Rialto bridge from the dock jutting into the Grand Canal out front.
Cantina Vecia Carbonera (Campo della Maddalena): This is a favorite spot for Venetians and visitors alike, drawn to the bustling, casual atmosphere in this former coal storehouse. Take your cicchetti and ombra to the communal tables in the back and rub elbows with the crowds of fellow diners.