Tucked away in a seemingly deserted part of Venice, Hostaria Bacanera greets you — you’ll notice the glowing, warm lights through the windows and front door, welcoming you inside. Located in quiet Cannaregio neighborhood, it is a beautifully designed room with an equally designed menu.
Owned and operated by Venetian chef Paolo Risica, this restaurant is a celebration of the best local meats, fish, and produce available. His passion is a menu consisting of sustainably harvested ingredients. Whether it be seafood, purchased in nearby Mercato di Rialto, the best seasonal fruits and vegetables found on our garden island, Sant’Erasmo, or further afield to terrafirma (the mainland), where he procures the finest cheeses, as well as cured and fresh cuts of meat, all from local purveyors.
Paolo’s dedication to fresh, top quality ingredients extends to the preparation of his dishes with the utmost care and precision, to ensure that what he is doing is enhancing the taste of the food, not masking it. The breads are also “fatto in casa” — made in house, with the same level of attention to detail and quality.
The dining room is set to complement the food, not to distract from it. The room is a large open space, resplendent with high wood beamed ceilings, a signature red banquette, a gorgeous glass and wooden bar, touches of antique furnishings, and black bistro chairs set around widely spaced tables.
On Tuesday nights, Paolo adds to the already celebratory atmosphere by offering live music from different bands each week. It’s a great time to meet up with friends, toasting with glasses of their fantastic local wines while snacking on a few cicchetti from the bar, and enjoying an evening inside or out in the lovely tree filled campo.
Campiello de la Cason, Cannaregio 4506
Ph. +39 041 260 1146
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11am – 1pm; 6pm – 10:30pm; Closed Monday