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Chow! Venice: Savoring the Food and Wine of La Serenissima: Savouring the Food and Wine of La Serenissima a Guide to the Restaurants and Bars in Venice [Paperback]

Ruth Edenbaum , Shannon Essa
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May 2007
The city of Venice is one of the most beautiful in the world, but visits are too often marred by meals at bad restaurants with high prices, unscrupulous waiters, and tasteless food. This new edition of "Chow! Venice" reveals the best places to eat and drink, from simple sandwiches and pizzas to elegant four-course meals. Discover places off the beaten track as well as steps away from St. Mark's Square. Learn how, when and what the Venetians eat and drink, where to get the best cichetti (Venetian bar snacks) and where to find restaurants and bars open after 10.00pm. In addition to restaurants and bars, there's a list of markets, speciality food stores and wine shops. Whether you are visiting Venice for three days, three weeks or three months, "Chow! Venice" will prove to be an invaluable resource and guide.

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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Wine Appreciation Guild; Revised edition edition (May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934259004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934259009
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 16 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"They (Essa & Edenbaum) know the little secrets. This is the sort of book that makes you wish longingly to know as much as they do". Bill Marsano, Wine Editor, Hemispheres Magazine"

About the Author

Shannon Essa has spent weeks, months, and even a whole year in Venice. Much of this time was spent in the restaurants and bars you will read about here. She now resides in San Diego, California.

Ruth Edenbaum has been in love with Venice since her first visit. She now spends more than two months a year there. Her years of teaching cooking, writing and reading about food as well as eating in Venice are reflected in this book. She has lived in NJ for more than 30 years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without one ! 2 Mar 2004
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A thoroughly researched and well written book about one of the mysteries of Venice, where to eat well !
La Serenissima is infamous for tourist trap food so to avoid this problem you need to research the subject well. With a copy of this book the hard work is done for you.
It's format is easy to follow and the book is a pleasant read in it's own right, the authors are clearly in love with this most magical city.
The book is strong on bars as well as restaurants ranging from the simple to the grand with just about something for everyone. The clear directions and good maps will ease your way to each establishment.
Gelaterie are not forgotten and the list of shops and supermarkets is invaluable for those who are self catering. There are useful links at the back of the book to help you organise your trip as well as a list of the authors favourite non food shops.
The glossary will help you to order the correct food once you are in the happy situation of being seated at a table in a restaurant that you know will not disappoint.
Updates are available on line and the book is light enough to carry around with you all day whilst in Venice.
I urge you to get your copy whilst you can for it will enhance any trip to Venice and most definitely will also save you money simply because you are able to eat like Venetians do.
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I have been to Venice twice now, and finding good restaurants the first time was very difficult. I have just come back from my second trip, and in five days we dined at six of the authors' recommendations, and they were all excellent.

Some of these restaurants would be impossible to find any other way (e.g. Locanda Montin).

This book made our vacation a real gourmet experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely buy this book! 7 Jan 2007
If you only take one guidebook to Venice, make sure it's this one. We took the 1st Edition along on our first trip to Venice last year and it changed a good holiday into an amazing experience.

There is a mouth-watering introductory section with guidance on what specialities to look out, very useful for a first timer. The main section reviews recommended bars, cafes and restaurants, usefully divided into geographical areas so you can easily plan an itinerary to fit in with sight-seeing. The enthusiasm of the authors for good food and for the city of Venice shines through on every page.

The reviews of bars and restaurants are completely honest and reliable, not only for the quality of food but also for the ambience and helpfulness of the staff. We didn't have a single bad experience in visiting any of the places recommended in the book. The excellence of the food and the friendliness of the people we met are all part of our happy memories of this beautiful city.

Whether this is your first or fiftieth trip to Venice, you won't regret buying this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I've tried a number of focussed city break guides over the years, but this one does what it says on the cover, it works! In itself the book is an entertaining and often amusing insight into how Venetians live, eat and drink. It is as if you have a local guide with you pointing you to not just the best known places but to restaurants and bars with atmosphere and the food is normally good too! Sometimes places may be a little off the beaten track, but all the more worth the visit.
The price guides and descriptions of restaurants are accurate, so much so that you can usually spot the owner or particular member of staff just from the books description. The bars are just as good, make sure you ask for a "spritz" when trying some of the places listed.
In our 4 days we only ate outside of the guides recommendations once. All the bars and restaurants we visited provided good quality food at really reasonable prices.
The authors obviously have a great love of Venice and the Venetians, but a realistic view all the same, and this constantly comes through in the entry contents.
Don't go to Venice without this book if you want to eat good food in local company, and the prices aren't bad either. Don't forget to see some of the sights while you are there, as this book can make you just want to find your next place to eat of drink! Finally a tip is to check out the website the authors run, before you visit, to get updates on entries
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