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“Great food, good wine but see the Documentary”

Cantine del Vino Gia Schiavi
Ranked #38 of 1,472 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch
Neighborhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
Reviewed October 27, 2013

This place has been listed in every conceivable guidebook, TV show and NET listing since forever. It is worth it, due to its locale on one of Venice's prettiest canals, product (they also sell vino out back) and also a very reasonable price-point. No 'cia parli tuti' going on here. But perhaps Gia Schiavi is symbolic of the terrible dilemna facing locals as depicted in the new, must-see doc 'The Venice Syndrome.' Venezia has become a full-on victim of its own popularity, with more stanieri than locals on some high season days. When we visited this last time, mama gave us a less-than-warm reception. Put in the context of truly overwhelming crowds dimishing this once-great city, that lukewarm greeting was understandable. One can no longer enjoy ones cicchetti sitting over on the nearby ponte. Passing by around midnight, we noticed a sizable number of mostly younger locals, 'taking back their city' by the simple act of eating and drinking as they sat on the bridge. I gave them a thumbs-up, understanding their predicament as they try to get by in their out-of-control city. The grown son who seems to run things at Gia Schiava was more friendly to us and one wishes him all the best as he tries to maintain his business under the current challenges. I am done. the end.
btw:
NO GRAND NAVI IN VENEZIA

1  Thank zebecToronto
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

This unique concept is really great - you have at least 50 different appetizers (small snack or side dishes) that you can pick from. You pick as many or as few as you want, cost 1.20 EURO each.

The wine list is extensive with a good selection. We had house wine, that was local and very good.

A great "Bacari" that we are trying find elsewhere in our travels.

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2  Thank skyjoe
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

A little place out from the tourists flow where you can get a drink and some snacks either inside or outside. We enjoyed the "Spritz e Cicchetto" Time!

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Al Bottegone is not the name, but Schiave is the name.

these two review sites should be combined by Trip Advisor as they are the same place.

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1  Thank eridotto
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a casual stand up and eat bar, or enotecca. In Italy an enotecca must have a certain variety of wines and knowledge of them to use the designation. It can also be called a cichetteria, or a baccaro which designates the type of food - cichetti - small bites on pieces of bread, and baccala - salt cod, cooked and mixed with mayonnaise and other ingredients served on bits of bread - sort of like really good tuna salad but much creamier.
Cichetti are one euro each, and house wine is similarly priced. Glasses are small so one can have a little with lunch and need not commit to a large glass of wine and a sit down expensive lunch.
It has great atmosphere, Mom is making the food and sons are serving. Full of both tourists and locals. It has great atmosphere with everyone crowded in and eating and drinking, or lining the canal outside leaning on the wall and looking at the church and campo across the way. One of my most favorite places in Venice.
It's not outdoor seating, but rather outdoor standing!

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2  Thank eridotto
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