We made a beeline for Osteria al Portego, a traditional bacaro with a restaurant side as well.
If you’re asking what a bacaro is, it’s a typical venetian tavern where you usually find lots of good wines and super yummy finger food – in Venice they called it cicheti. You can go there for a quick snack during the day and of course for aperitif.
And trust me when I say that to choose which cicheti to order is not an easy task…
We then continued with a seafood based dinner – obviously in Venice there’s a lot of seafood. One of the most traditional Venetian dishes is the creamed cod (baccala mantecato).
For not missing anything we took the trio of cod : creamed cod (of course!), cod & polenta & cod with onions. It was super yummy. If you go to Osteria al Portego – and you should go! -you must try the trio of baccalà!
We also shared octopus & polenta which was good but less original.
After dinner, we walked to our home for the week-end, the Hotel Santa Marina which was really good & very centrally located in between Rialto bridge and San Marco square, although the staff wasn’t particularly friendly.
We had a room in the annex building & I must say I was a bit worried as I read on tripadvisor bad comments about the annex building, especially about the noise, but we actually didn’t have any problem. Our room was quite & nicely decorated, in the opulent Venetian style, as well as the whole building…
… & we discovered a nice view over Venice roofs in the morning 🙂
After a huge salty & sweet breakfast & despite an annoying rain, we were finally ready to explore the city.
Obviously starting with San Marco square & Cathedral!
But I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow (I have too many pics ;p ).