In addition to being the oldest bacaro in Venice, Cantina Do Mori stands out for the interiors so authentic that seem created for a film set, the genuine Venetian management, and the double entrance from two hidden alleys nearby Rialto Bridge, very unusual for Venice, characteristic which enhances its pleasant buzzy atmosphere.
Founded in 1462, it was initially born as a wine cellar due to its proximity to some important convents. Always a social point of reference for Venetians, in the 1700s it was one of Giacomo Casanova‘s favorite taverns, who will surely have loved the double entrance door, perfect for his amorous “escapes”. It was only in the last century, when taverns became a phenomenon of social aggregation for all social classes, that the local began serving glasses of wine, called ombre in Veneto, to be accompanied with cicchetti, small single-serving portions of typical Venetian dishes to be enjoyed standing up between a chat and another.
Since 1997, when it was taken over by the previous owner, Rudi and Gianni manage the tavern, proud to honor tradition without giving in to the compromises of modernity, offering wines for the most part from Veneto and seasonal homemade cicchetti.
The interiors are decorated with many memorabilia, including demijohns of wine, old photos on the walls and picturesque pots for collecting water hung from the ceiling by the previous owner, who loved to collect them.
Open from 8 to 19.30, it is perfect for a break at any time of the day, just ask to taste some Venetian specialties such as francobolli, the typical single-portion tramezzini sandwiches.
The name of the winery apparently derives from two dark-skinned boys who once served at the counter, when the Do Mori was still a bulk wine vendor.
Cantina Do Mori
Sestiere San Polo 429
Tel. +39 041 5225401