Let me tell you about cichetti.
Cichetti are finger food—small snacks, usually just a bite or two on a piece of bread, eaten standing up in a cicchetti bar or a restaurant. It’s common practice to spend an early evening moving from one venue to another, sampling as you go.
They’re served through the day, so it’s also possible to put together a lunch composed of a few cichetti. That’s what I did.
Venetians tend to take light breakfasts and have late lunches. In between, a couple of cichetti make for a good mid-morning snack.
Cantinone Gia Schiavi is a wine bar and a wine shop that has a reputation for making some of the best cichetti in Venice. Entering it was like going to a party—it was packed with people drinking wine and socializing. No seats or tables; everybody stood and mingled.
I selected the half-dozen cichetti in the picture above, and carried them outside, to eat by the canal.
After lunch, I walked over to the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice’s great art gallery, and spent the rest of the day there.