When I am hungry and want a salty snack before lunch or before dinner as an aperitif, I can only think of Cantinone già Schiavi. This typical Venetian “osteria” in the area of Accademia is famous for serving great “cicchetti” and having a fine wine cellar.
Upon entering you will be impressed to see the shelves full of selected bottles to buy (hundreds!) and Cantinone già Schiavi also works as a bar where you can drink a glass of wine. As a matter of fact it is the perfect place to have an aperitif when the weather is nice.
So this is not a restaurant, but a cheap place to nibble something up while you chat with friends, near the canal. Locals usually order a drink and some cicchetti inside and then move outside to enjoy the place standing near the bridge and chatting with friends.
My favorite thing in Cantinone già Schiavi is the variety of recipes for the appetizers (including small sandwiches called topolini, but also canapé or cicchetti), which are all refined and very creative. My favorites are the cicchetti, especially those with the pistachio cream, or baccalà and pumpkin, but also try tuna tartare with some cocoa powder, an unexpected great combination!