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Chow Venice: Savoring the Food and Wine of La Serenissima, Second Edition ( Revised and Updated) Paperback – November 15, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Wine Appreciation Guild; 2nd edition (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934259004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934259009
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,707 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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Customer Reviews

If you want to dine well don't go to Venice without this guide.
Paul K.
I also liked that it gave detailed directions to the restaurants and the food/ingredient translation came in handy.
LAL
You can tell they want you to love your time in Venice, and with this book, you will!
carolm

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bill Marsano on October 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
Venice is known as a feast for the eyes but not for the belly--that is, it's known as a town where you can't expect to dine very well. Ordinary is what you'll get at best, and sub-par more often. Well, that's partly true, even largely true for the hapless, unarmed tourist. And Venice is quintessentially a tourist town. Live with it.
Or don't, because there are plenty of good places where Venetians eat, and they are well worth discovering. Fortunately for you, Shannon Essa and Ruth Edenbaum have done that already, and they have published their secrets. In this tiny book they give extensive details on 40 restaurants and 40 bars ranging from cheap to very expensive, from drop in any time to 'reservations strongly recommended,' from calm and delightful to noisy and smoky, from cash to cards.
Their attention to detail is excellent. They give you not only menu recommendations but the name of the nearest vaporetto stop AND walking directions from there. (One's gratitude knows no bounds.) They know the little secrets. Of course, everone by now has heard of the ombra, that traditional Venetian cooler, buy do you know the sgroppino? Do you know cichetti? Do you know that when ordering coffee in Venice (and everywhere else in Italy) you should forget anything that you've ever heard (or had) at Starbucks? Well, Essa and Edenbaum do.
This is the sort of book that makes you wish longingly to know as much as the authors do. Well, buy it and you're on your way. Note to the publisher: Yo! Next time, publish this in pocket-size format, OK? Readers will want to carry it with them. --Bill Marsano is the wine editor of Hemispheres, the magazine of United Airlines; he visits Italy three to six times a year.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Coleman on November 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book saved our trip to Venice! We have traveled to Italy many times , and always enjoy the food tremendously- EXCEPT when we had made previous, short trips to Venice. Even when accompanied by Italian friends, we were ripped off by places with "tourist menus" (high prices and indifferent food combined with snarly service).

I bought this book for our recent return visit and it was invaluable! It proved it's worth on the very first day- before we unpacked and could check the book, we went to the first pizza place we saw, famished, soaking wet from a heavy rain, thinking, "Hey it's just lunch, how bad can it be?" HAH! 43 euros (yes, forty three) for two inedible pizzas, one beer and dirty tables. The next day, eating at Casa Mia, a place we would never have found without this book, we had some of the best pizza in Italy, a half-liter of superb house wine, friendly service...for 14 euros!

The book divides Venice into manageable neighborhoods, and gives very good directions. We founds great places for pizza, for drinks before dinner, for meeting friends for dinner, for cappucino in the morning. A very nice bonus was exploring the "less-touristed" parts of this beautiful city, guided by the suggestions and directions in the book.

I absolutely recommend this book for anyone traveling to Venice (my Italian friends want a copy!)- it will literally pay for itself with the first meal!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lomein on October 21, 2004
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We ate in Venice for seven days and Chow Venice never failed us. The one time we used a local resident's advice we appreciated Chow Venice even more.

The authors never missed, from inexpensive pizzerias to top-of-the line restaurants. The directions to the restaurants were always accurate - an important feature.

I could not ask for a better book - short, precise, clear and readable.

The food in Venice is wonderful. Use this book and enjoy both the food and the book.

Reading the 2nd edition of Chow Venice made me want to get on a plane to Venice immediately. It is a wonderfully lively, thoughtful and trustworthy book, brought up to date and expanded.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2003
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Here's the antidote to the poison spewed by so many people, "That you can't get a decent meal in Venice." Shannon Essa and Ruth Edenbaum take you like insiders into dozens of Venice's known and unknown restaurants and bars highlighting the good and the great spots in everything from lunch of pizza or tramezzini to an afternoon snack of cichetti, an excellent dinner of branzino or spaghetti con vongole verace to a late night serving of French fries. Your mouth will water at the descriptions.
Their easy writing style will make you feel as if you're hearing reviews from old friends, especially with their anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book (one of my favorite parts). And after getting lost in Venice several times myself looking for a restaurant, I find the provided directions extremely helpful.
My only suggestion for the next edition (and I do hope there will be a second edition - as well as a Chow Rome, Chow Florence, etc.) would be to highlight some restaurants by category. Since most of us are not lucky enough to spend extended periods of time in this incredible city, a Top 3 Romantic Spots, or Top 3 Family Dining for example, might prove helpful in narrowing down choices from this incredible list.
Chow Venice is an essential book to planning a wonderful dining experience in La Serenissima.
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