Behind a perfectly crumbling façade in San Polo, All’Arco serves up tasty cicchetti and wine to a crowd that is an even mix of tourists and locals, who crowd around the small counter and make to make their selections and defend precious elbow room. There are a few tables outside, but as often as not, diners are relegated to standing as they juggle their plate and wine glass. Baccalà mantecato, the traditional local cicchetti of creamed cod over polenta, is the stuff of legend here.
Time Out tip: While All’Arco is a great stop on a San Polo cicchetti crawl, make sure you do your crawling at lunchtime—they close at 2:30 PM.
Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto: For an 11th-century church right near the Rialto Bridge
Giunti al Punto Librerie: For maps, guidebooks or a small selection of English-language paperbacks
Rialto Mercato vaporetto stop: For a slow-moving tour of the Grand Canal aboard the #1 vaporetto line