Daily Archives: 3 April 2017

Cichetti at Cantinone Gia Schiavi



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.


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — Official Trailer

NSFW: Language, violence, and language. Especially language. Definitely language.

The cast looks great: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage,  John Hawkes, and Zeljko Ivanek always deliver the goods. But for me, the big selling point is that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the genius who gave us the classic In Bruges. Expect violence, profanity, and a great helping of the darkest of black comedy.

Release date not yet posted.


Here’s McDonagh 27-minute first film, Six Shooter. In 2006, it won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

It’s also very NSFW.

If the accents are too rich, click the CC button for subtitles.