Cicchetti is the Venetian version of tapas, small bites of food to accompany a glass of wine. In Venice its called ‘andar a ciccheti’ and you’ll find it served in small, atmospheric local bars known as ‘bacaro’ hidden down little sidestreets.
A tradition in Venice which continues today is to begin the evening visiting your local bacaro and having a glass of wine and cicchetti with friends you may meet there. Some people move from one bacaro to another to visit with each other. Then it’s on to dinner or theater or whatever the evening holds.