If you are in Venice, you will surely get familiar with local spritz (a fizzy, refreshing aperitif) and cicchetti, or small snacks. If you want to have a local experience, be sure to stop by Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi while walking around La Salute area. It's more of a wine bar or shop than a true restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling bottles along the walls and most patrons standing as they nibble cicchetti like bruschetta with a cod spread or brie and anchovies. Buon appetito!
Cantinone Gia' Schiavi is a well-known, well-loved establishment among Venetians. It's a funky little space, serving up top-notch cicchetti, and wine by the glass—or, buy a bottle and take it with you.