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“Fantastic Find In The Historic Center Of Padova”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cicchetteria Sapore - CLOSED

Cicchetteria Sapore
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Venice, Italy
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447 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
“Fantastic Find In The Historic Center Of Padova”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

I stumbled across Cicchetteria Sapore by chance while strolling around the historic center of Padova (Padua) one evening. I while checking out the restaurant and peeking through the front window, I waved to one of the waitresses, who waved back with a nice smile. The posted menu was enticing so I convinced by colleagues to have dinner here.

Cicchetteria Sapore is a rather small restaurant located near the Duomo in Padova, in the old center of town. It is warmly decorated with a seafood theme (fishing nets, sea shells etc.), soft lighting and an overall cozy atmosphere. Since the locale is small, tables are a little close to one another, limiting the opportunity for private or intimate conversation. The chef personally came out of the kitchen to our table and made suggestions of what we might enjoy eating, carefully explaining the various dishes. Everything on the menu was enticing.

"Cicchetti" is the Venetian dialect word for small portions or tastes of various appetizers, something similar to tapas in Spain. We shared three different cicchetti, which were all skillfully prepared and screamed with flavor. My favorite was the Baby Calamari Salad, however, the Tuna Tartar and Sarde Saor (sweet and sour sardines) were also very good. For our entree, we selected a large Rombo (Turbot fish), which was slowly roasted with a mixture of potatoes, cherry tomatoes, capers, black olives and artichokes. Excellent, excellent, excellent! For dessert we shared a portion of Panna Cotta served with a caramel and toasted nut sauce and an assortment of homemade almond cookies. The chef offered a us glasses of sweet Italian Passito wine to compliment the desserts.

The wine list was very limited, however, we enjoyed a bottle of Ligurian Vermentino. Prices were very reasonable and our meal, including the wine, totaled 115 euro. The only suggestion I have for the owners is to replace the paper napkins with something more suitable for this fantastic dining experience.

Cicchetteria Sapore could easily be transported to New York City, where it would be defined as a very chic restaurant. Fortunately, the owners remain in Padova, where the dining experience is much more relaxed than in NYC. I highly recommend you come and try Cicchetteria Sapore when you are visiting Padova. I will certainly return!

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Too good not to share!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

My husband and I had the best meal of our stay in this wonderful little place on Via S.G. Barbarigo where the young owner is the chef. He loves seafood Venetian style, speaks English because he learned and prepared for his restaurant in NYC and Australia and has a wonderful staff. The seafood risotto for two after a shared appetizer of tuna tatare and the best home made tiramisu and vanilla cream pastry sent us off with smiles. We even got a complimentary aperitif at the end.
Don't be in a hurry -- everything is prepared fresh for you. House wine is excellent and very reasonable while you wait to taste the real regional cuchina!

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Margit N
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Trieste, Italia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“You have to try it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

A very good place to have dinner for about 25 euro pp! Following the venetian tradition, the fish-mixed starters (cicchetti) are tasty and well-prepared. We tried the Linguine with shrimps and scallops and some wine of the house (Prosecco) and we enjoyed the home-made desserts that was excellent! The atmosphere is cosy and lovely and the service was extremely kind (They offered us a limoncello at the end). If you are in Padua, You have to try it!

  • Visited June 2011
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