Sandra, our wonderful B&B hostess in Venice, recommended La Cantina to us – for that spot of afternoon chill out. After a long, hot afternoon snaking out way through the complicated streets and bridges of Venice, we were really glad to have a little relaxing drink before finding a place for dinner.
Although there were plenty of seats within La Cantina, everyone claimed a table out on the walkway, where we enjoyed the evening breeze and people-watched. As it wasn’t along the main tourist thoroughfare, La Cantina was ideally less hectic and felt more like the local hangout.
After ordering our tipple – cold, crisp white house wine for me and a local beer for hubby – we felt a little nibbly was in order. We indicated our desire for a little something something with our ever friendly and humorous waiter and he simply asked if we wanted just cheese, or ham and cheese. We opted for the meat and milk option of course.
We didn’t know what to expect but what a sight when the wooden serving board was placed before us with three serves of the most eye-catching salami, prosciutto and cheese crostinis. The bread was slightly warmed and the clever combinations of various meats and cheeses were just what we needed.
Once again, the ingredients were simple and fresh – yet the flavours were magical and we even considered having loads more nibbles (freshly shucked oysters and fish platters were options) in place of dinner. Obviously, we didn’t as we had a couple of restaurants we have yet to check out.
However, I will not be forgetting those little crostinis anytime soon nor that view through my vino.
Campo San Felice