The Bacaro is where Venetians go for a light meal and social experience.
When you live on an island like the Venetians do, space is a very precious commodity.
Ask anyone who lives on the island of Manhattan in New York City, with its soaring real estate prices, and they will tell you the exact same thing!
The fact that space is so limited on the crowded islands of the Venetian lagoon may be one of the reasons that Venetians like to eat standing up.
And when one eat standing up, the only type of dish suited for your posture is small plates, which are known in Venice as cicchetti, little bites, mostly seafood but not limited to the bounty of the sea.
The classic place to get cicchetti in Venice is a bacaro, which is pronounced BAH-kah-roh, with the emphasis on the first syllable of the word.
No one really knows where the word bacaro comes from. Some believe that it is derived from the Italian word for Bacchus, the god of wine, bacco in Italian.
But the bottom line is that no one really knows the origin of the word.
What we do know is that the tradition of the bacaro is very much alive in Venice and the Venetians still love to share a meal of small plates and little bites as they chat and gossip about the days news.
In fact, the experience is as much a social one as a culinary one!
We recently discovered a new destination for cicchetti in the famous Venetian fish market: Lino Fritto, where they specialize in fried seafood, fresh seafood salad, creamed baccalà, and also a wide selection of fried veggies.
We highly recommend it. And the best pairing? Yes, you guessed it, the classic wine of Venice, Prosecco Colfòndo!