A Great Club Sandwich in Venice.

A Great Club Sandwich in Venice.
03 June 2016 0 Comment

Sometimes it’s enough after a long day of sightseeing and walking to rest the barking dogs over a few well deserved drinks and something to eat that isn’t too fancy but tasty and filling – something like a delicious club sandwich. In Venice that would be La Bagatela and in the sultry summer months why don’t you enjoy that drink outside overlooking the water watching the world go by?

We’re back in the Cannaregio neighbourhood in an area that runs along the quayside of the Misericordia and Ormesini canals which has become Venice’s nightlife hub, teeming with partygoers from sunset onwards. Carry on past the Ghetto, across the bridge onto the Capuzzine Fondamenta, and the crowds melt away as you come to the quiet waterside terrace of La Bagatela. Stefano and Lele opened this neighbourhood bar nearly 25 years ago, long before the students and fashion heads and glitterati arrived, and this is where the locals still go to enjoy a drink and some tasty food. There is no full restaurant menu, but the kitchen serves till 1am. Lele, the chef, is known as the king of club sandwiches and you have to wait as he meticulously assembles them – but at €7 they are a meal in themselves. Order a lethal spritz al bitter (€2.50) to go with it while Ale, the rock’n’roll barman, plays the Doors through Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison.

The music may not be to your taste, well except for Van of course, but you can always leave before it gets too late and too loud having enjoyed a light but very tasty meal. And believe it or not you might want to give their souvlaki a try. It’s very good.

La Bagatela  – Fondamenta delle Capuzzine 2925 , Cannaregio – Phone: 328 725 5782 – Closed Monday and Tuesday – Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 6pm until 1am

Peter Kilby
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