Whenever we come to Venice, we always have one of our first meals at Osteria al Portego, a tiny corner bar that serves local snacks, wine and beer at very reasonable prices. It is located just three minutes’ walk from Rialto Bridge, ranks #86 of 1,320 Venice restaurants on Tripadvisor (incl. Certificate of Excellence), and comes highly recommended by local food blogger Naturally Epicurean.
They do have a proper dining area where you can order a la carte dishes, but most people, just like us, simply go for the Cicchetti, the Venetian variety of tapas, often meat and/or seafood served on slices of white bread. Over the years we must have tried every single one of their dishes. Favourites include Baccalà (creamed stockfish/salt cod), their baby octopus, and their fried whitebait.
Despite the fact that it’s usually extremely crowded, the staff somehow still find the time for a smile and manage to avoid long waiting times. We’ll definitely be back again next time around, probably later this year. 5 out of 5 in our book.
For some more restaurant reviews, feel welcome to have a look at our posts about the Robot Restaurant, Tokyo, Gruvelageret near the North Pole, Lafleur, Frankfurt, and The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold.