Italian Tenor, Venetian Beer and Murano Glass

Friday, June 1

Our hotel is sweet, lovely, and the breakfast room is very quiet. You can sit inside, on the outdoor terrace, or inside in the wisteria-covered terrace. This morning someone was singing on the other side of the canal. A beautiful Italian tenor, maybe one of the gondoliers. They often have great voices.

Walking again all over the city you cannot cover everything and there is so much to see. We talked to art people, people at breakfast, the next table over at lunch. Everyone has a great story. The open market was great fun and I have spotted some beads for jewelry for the olive house retail store. Katie went off to explore and we took a water taxi to Murano to see the glass blowers and consider some olive oil decanters. The salesmen there can sell an old boat to a fisherman, You have to be very aware of the costs, tax, and shipping. We then walked all over Murano sampling gelato and exploring the huge number of shops. All set up for tourists and their money. The glass is really extraordinary and whoever makes the pieces are steeped in many many years of history.

We took the water taxi back to meet up with Katie for a glass of prosecco and dinner at a restaurant near our hotel. We had arancina, which are small rice balls filled with cheese and fried or roasted. Then an eggplant caponata, which was fabulous. It is roasted eggplant with onions, olives, some seasonal vegetables, and tomatoes and oil and vinegar and marinated overnight. Just great with bread and oil. We had risotto frutti de mare, rice cooked with seafood, a very distinctive seafood taste. Quite interesting presentation with mussels, shrimp and scallops. Espresso for dessert. We watched people in the square and Katie took some beautiful pictures of a little old Italian gentleman entertained by kids with balloons. Very perfect. ( pictures to come). More gelato. This time pompello, grapefruit, clean fresh and light for after dinner. Also sour cherry, espresso, lemon, and chocolato. then home to bed with the sounds of boats on the canal and church bells through the night.

 

Saturday, June 2

Up early, great church bells again from the church of Campo Santo Maria de Zobenigo, literally 20 feet from our hotel. Breakfast then off to the market for antique beads, glass and beautiful people. We purchased some pictures from a favorite artist. We walked to Piazzo San Marco and went to the art exhibit of Gustav Klimpt. He was a very well-known Austrian artist. Just being able to see his pictures, statues and architecture in the San Marco Museum was a really special event. Then a little lunch at a restaurant that specializes in truffles. Twenty five large Black truffles in a huge basket, very expensive.(pics to come). We only had soup and salad and a Venetian beer, we have had too much gelato. Out walking again and stopped in to a small shop with wax presses. We picked out two scripts of F for Il Fiorello. In talking with the shop owne,r we found out that she is originally from Richmond, CA, now living here. She is a glass blower and artist. Her glass blowing friends live in Richmond, CA., and will make handblown decanters for us for our oil. Sometimes this is a very small world but this is a great find for us. She returns to The U..S often and we will enjoy meeting her in the U.S. and hopefully again in Venice. As her web site comes up very soon we will add her to our private lists.

Then a short nap and off to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. This is a small museum within walking distance of the hotel in the Desordoura district. It houses an amazing collection of modern art collected by Peggy Guggenheim during the early 1900’s. The museum is very impressive. Check it out on the web. Their espresso and tartufo vanilla ice cream are lovely.

Then back to the hotel for a nap and a cool off with cold proseco and a shower. It is hot and very humid here, over 80 degrees and 80 percent humidity. Everyone sweats a lot and drinks a lot of water. Do not come to Venice in the summer, too hot and too many tourists.

Our new friend glass blower suggested a restaurant on the other side of St. Mark’s Square, Trattoria la Rimagio. To our surprise we walked up to the very restaurant that we had enjoyed 5 years ago when we were here last. Specializing in Venetian fish dishes we dug in and had carpacio of fish with grapefruit and olive oil, parma ham sliced very thin, hugh shrimp, frito misto of fresh fish, and mussels. Another glass of proseco, white wine from Alegheri vineyards, which we visited last time in Italy. They are the descendants of Dante. The vineyard is more than 450 years old. We waddled home along the grand canal and packed as our water taxi leaves at 7:30 am for the airport. We put Katie on a plane home as she has to begin her diving research this week in San Diego. Jet lag will no doubt have an effect on her endurance. We will drive to Lake Garda for 2 days of exploration and a rest.

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Town Traveller
Town Traveller
00:35 10 Feb 20
Friendly crew, amazing olive oils and delicious gelato
Joshua L. Tryban
Joshua L. Tryban
05:19 15 Oct 19
A nice balanced break from the wine tasting nearby. Come in the fall to see the mill working.
Tiina Lusi
Tiina Lusi
21:12 18 Sep 19
When most people go to Napa, you think of wine, but honestly, I'm so glad I did some more research and came across this hidden gem! It was an amazing experience, from the tour, to the videos of the milling process, the various produce and gardens they have, the oil tasting with and without food, it was amazing. Really makes you learn a new side of olive oil, how to appreciate it more and pair it/prepare with it accordingly. I really appreciated the personal tour from Ann, you could see and feel her passion for this journey and when you have someone like that in this position, it shines through to their team and products. Cheers to Ann and her husband Mark, along with their team, for creating an amazing place here. It was unforgettable and we are looking forward to ordering olive oil online (we couldn't bring it on to the plane, so ordering online is the next best thing!)
Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
Joni Howell
23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
Dmitriy
21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
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Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
4.7
Based on 51 reviews
powered by Google
Town Traveller
Town Traveller
00:35 10 Feb 20
Friendly crew, amazing olive oils and delicious gelato
Joshua L. Tryban
Joshua L. Tryban
05:19 15 Oct 19
A nice balanced break from the wine tasting nearby. Come in the fall to see the mill working.
Tiina Lusi
Tiina Lusi
21:12 18 Sep 19
When most people go to Napa, you think of wine, but honestly, I'm so glad I did some more research and came across this hidden gem! It was an amazing experience, from the tour, to the videos of the milling process, the various produce and gardens they have, the oil tasting with and without food, it was amazing. Really makes you learn a new side of olive oil, how to appreciate it more and pair it/prepare with it accordingly. I really appreciated the personal tour from Ann, you could see and feel her passion for this journey and when you have someone like that in this position, it shines through to their team and products. Cheers to Ann and her husband Mark, along with their team, for creating an amazing place here. It was unforgettable and we are looking forward to ordering olive oil online (we couldn't bring it on to the plane, so ordering online is the next best thing!)
Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
Joni Howell
23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
Dmitriy
21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
Next Reviews