I may be visiting Venice soon as a solo traveler, and was wondering what the protocol is at various eating establishments.
At a cafe, how does it usually work? Do you simply find an empty table or spot at the bar, or let them seat you? Do you pay before or after you finish your drink?
Same question for a restaurant. I won't be going to anywhere fancy, but just a regular restaurant or bistro-type place? Let them seat you, or just find whatever's open? Also, I know solo dining isn't a big deal at trattoria, but it is common at a regular restaurant?
Lastly, what's the protocol if I wanted to do a cichetti/tapas bar crawl? Seat/stand yourself? Point at what you want, eat, then pay later?
Thanks for the help everyone!