Osteria la Rivetta is between some of Venice’s most touristic spots, such as the basilica dei Frari and the railway station, but it’s difficult to reach if you’re not familiar with the labyrinth of the city’s streets.
La Rivetta represents the typical concept of osteria well: in the past it was a bare local welcoming people with little money to buy cheap wine, with the extra possibility of bringing food from home as well.
Nowadays, the bar is still poorly decorated and cheap in prices, luckily though it’s possible to have some snacks as well, like boiled egg halves or small sandwiches — still pretty basic stuff, but enough to respect the essential mood of the place.
The atmosphere is always warm and it makes me feel comfortable indeed, also thanks to some small details that remind me of a hostel, such as the books spread all around and a free guitar hung on the wall.
La Rivetta is a perfect sum-up both of Venice’s typical bars, bacari, and more generally of the Italian osteria. It’s an authentic place and I definitely suggest stopping by.