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Venice Bites Food Tours

Venice, Italy
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About Venice Bites Food Tours
We are here — we have made it our mission — to prove to Venice visitors that once you get away from the maddening crowds around Piazza San Marco, and we get you into the real, living, Venetian neighborhoods, thriving with restaurants and caffes without the dreaded “menu turistico”, you will be enchanted by this city and stunned at the beauty and variety of the foods we eat here!
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Daydream36962225153 wrote a review Jul 2020
Fountain Valley, California1 contribution
Our tour guides, Adam and Maya, brought the Italian culinary experience to our lips. Their food tour is both filled with the sampling of fine specialty Italian food in an atmosphere of joyful participation, and a walking adventure through the heart of many Venice neighborhoods. Our stopping points were small specialty local restaurants. Each of the proprietors of these restaurants took us in welcoming us with open arms only in the way Italians can. In each establishment, we felt we were special. And, the proprietors and Adam and Maya explained in detail the culinary specialty were were to experience at that establishment. After our delightful stay at each spot, we were on our way to the next stop with Adam and Maya providing antidotes of information about the history and even local rumors associated with the sights and sounds around the canals, bridges, statues, churches, and every other thing we found on our journey. Both Maya and Adam were very knowledgeable about the sights and sounds of the Venice you don't always see in the more heavily traveled areas. Both Adam and Maya are very personable, and readily became engaged with the 10 participants in our tour even though most of us were coming from different countries and cultures. Before we knew it, we were all laughing and engaging with each other, making friends, and sharing our experiences. My friend and I felt we were away from the maddening crowds, but still experiencing the variety of fine foods and drink you can only get with an intimate tour like this. We both agree,, that Adam and Maya have put their heart and soul into this, and because of their effort, this food tour became the highlight of our visit to Italy.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Heather R wrote a review Dec 2019
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Maya and Adam were exceptionally generous and fun hosts for the walking tour. To start Adam & Maya gave us lots of helpful information navigating Venice before the tour even started. Adam was so good to one of my four daughters who was dealing with a miserable cold. But more importantly we could not have asked for more gracious and charming hosts on Xmas eve. Adam and Maya gave us an insiders view of Venice. One that we would not have gotten without them. It was lovely to see and meet all the local artists, vendors and restaurateurs that maya and Adam took us too. Lovely also to see how warmly Maya and Adam were greeted. Hands down we all LOVED the food - the best however was the cicchetti - all six of us wished we could have spent all day eating them!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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bigweav8 wrote a review Dec 2019
New Jersey4 contributions4 helpful votes
We started our first day in Venice with Adam & Maya”s tour. First they were a great about adjusting the time due to morning floods even though it was Christmas Eve. They are fun people who know their city and food. From the initial cafe with excellent croissants and coffee with an extra kick, to cicchetti (which are awesome) to pasta, cheeses (the burrata wrapped in mozzarella was great too, to desserts, the food was excellent. We also learned a ton about Venice’s history too which for me was great. They paid attention to our vegetarian kid an nut allergy kid in selections with but allergies. If you are going this would be a wonderful way to baseline the city, meet 2 fun people and see the town.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Michelle S wrote a review Nov 2019
Astoria, New York5 contributions7 helpful votes
We booked this as our first thing to do in Venice and like the other reviews say - it really sets the tone for your trip. I don’t think we would have fell in love with Venice as much as we did if it weren’t for this tour. Maya and Adam were extremely informative and have true passion for the city. Every spot they took us to was delicious, so much so that we returned to most the next day! It felt great knowing we were supporting Venetian owned businesses as well. They both were lovely to spend the day with and their life stories have inspired us to live more adventurously. Thank you Maya & Adam for your passion, knowledge and warmth!!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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TravisNorthWales wrote a review Nov 2019
Pentre Halkyn, United Kingdom31 contributions43 helpful votes
I’ll begin this review by saying one thing – book on this tour if you are in Venice! My wife and I were visiting the city for 3 nights, and we had heard the usual stories about tourist rip-off’s, crowds and expensive shops. We intended to briefly visit the usual hot-spots, but we wanted to see how the locals live, and so I did a search and found Venice Bites on Trip Advisor which suited us perfectly (a 4 hour day tour, local areas, a small tour group and involving food and drink). There was just one problem, I am diabetic so have to plan my insulin shots and test my blood, ideally in a bathroom for privacy, and I need to know what I’m likely to be eating and when. Also, my wife can’t eat chocolate or drink coffee due to a migraine inducing reaction, so I decided to email the tour leaders (Maya and Adam) to ask some questions. The very next day, back came a personalised, comprehensive overview of the tour! This answered all my questions and we were reassured that my wife could have decaf coffee or chocolate alternatives, and the type of food and timings, with which areas had restrooms, was all there for me. So I booked immediately and it was the best thing we did in Venice, which was full of best things! The tour party is a maximum of 10 – we had 8 – and we met up at the allocated time 11.00am and went to our first bar for an espresso with a shot of Grappa. But it was more than this – Adam and Maya explained everything to us – they were so careful to check we were ok, we learned about everything from street graffiti to the drainage system, what was legal, how to greet Venetians appropriately, what to eat, what to drink, what to pay, why, how, who……and this occupied our next four hours. The time flew by. I won’t outline every stop, as their website is great, but we had delicious food of various types, sitting down, standing up, by a bar, in the street, by a boat. We met local people, we drank wine, we drank Spritz (and learned what a proper Spritz was – and we bought a bottle of Select to make our own as we returned to the wine shop they took us to on our second stop after the tour finished). We made friends, we basically had the best time ever! I had seen a review on here saying it was a bit of a drinking tour – it isn’t, it is an educational, social, informative and amazing tour. You learn so much you can’t quite take it all in, but the way it is conveyed is fantastic – you learn by enjoying the environments they take you to, immersing yourself in them, not by following a person with an umbrella held up telling you a church was built 600 years ago blah blah blah boring facts conveyed in monotone and then moving on in a non-talking line of tourists. Why people say they liked the tour to the hosts and then complain on Trip Advisor is not fair, but have a look at the genuine reply to that post and you will see what lovely people Adam and Maya are. We met lovely couples from Florida, from Texas and from NYC on our tour and Maya and Adam even amended the schedule to enable one couple to leave early for another tour but still do what we did, and at the end plans were made to meet up that evening for a meal. Unfortunately, my wife was a little poorly (nothing to do with the tour) so we had to rest up and miss the meet, but we would have loved to have carried on. So as I said earlier, if you visit Venice do one thing and book on this tour! Thank you Adam and Maya, you made a great weekend beyond great! Best of luck for the future and we will be back for the evening tour!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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