Finally it’s Friday and the sun shines so it’s the perfect day to carry on with our Bacaro Tour!
If you miss out on first information and stop over read here.
Last week we remain in Sant’Elena area, while today the Best Western Premier Hotel Sant’Elena suggests you a path from Osteria Diporto (last stop over) to the borderline of two districts (sestieri): Castello and San Marco.
Have you plan a visit to Art Biennale today? Well, after your visit stop at viale Garibaldi, the wide calle between the Giardini of the Biennale and the Arsenal.
2nd Stop over: El Rèfolo, viale Garibaldi, Castello
In the wide and peaceful Viale Garibaldi, the bacaro El Rèfolo is the perfect place to have a break and try one, or two, little sandwiches. You can choice your preferred kind of bread and let yourself be suggested by the staff unique matches between different type of hams, cheeses, vegetables and specialties of Venice. The tables along Viale Gariballi are the excellent solution to chat with your friends and drink a spritz!
Now take a walk from viale Garibaldi to Riva degli Schiavoni, overshooting Campo San Zaccaria you should go straight down and arriving at:
3rd Stop over: Osteria al Portego – Calle della Malvasia, San Lio, Castello
The Osteria al Portego is a tiny place, not so easy to find, but just 10 min walk from Saint Mark Square. The atmosphere is vibrant, always very busy but at the same time very warm and welcoming. It has only few tables into and if you want to see a glimpse of Venetian life you should stand up or sit on little table outside seeing a small courtyard where people eat and chat. Here they offer a very wide selection of fish cicchetti, as the Seppie al Nero (black ink squid) or the Sarde in Saor (fried sardines in an onion sauce).
This Bacaro is located in a calle named “Malvasia”, so we have to give a hint to the history of this particular wine.
Malvasia is a group of wine grape varieties grown historically in the Mediterranean region, while now it is produced in many of the winemaking regions of the world. Most researchers believe that the Malvasia family of grapes are of ancient origin, most likely originate in Greece.
The Venetian reached the Greek island of Monemvasia (literally “single entrance”) in 1247 and obtained the monopoly on sales of the local wines for the whole Europe. So during the Middle Ages, the Venetian would become so prolific in the trading of “Malvasia wine” that merchant wine shops in Venice were known as malvasie.
Stay tuned, next Friday the Best Western Premier Hotel Sant’Elena will find out some other curiosities and suggestions for your stay in Venice!