Creating Mealtime Magic in Venice

09/29/2016 06:55 pm ET Updated Sep 30, 2017

One of the joys of travel is eating well. And one of the challenges of leading a good tour is to connect our travelers with great local cuisine served with passion and pride by local chefs in small, characteristic, family-run restaurants. We did just that with our group on our first evening in Venice. I've long enjoyed Trattoria da Bepi and its chef/owner, Loris (who plays a sizable role in my autobiographical "Postcards from Europe" book). I phoned Loris, asked him if he could seat a group, and welcomed him to assemble a "maximum-experience Venetian gastronomic extravaganza." I explained we wanted to eat seasonal, local, and family-style, and that I'd trust him with the "tasting festival." As you can see in this clip (edited by Trish Feaster), we had an unforgettable dinner. And, as our guides share our collective triumphs, I'm sure Loris will be seeing more of our groups.

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(This post originally appeared at blog.ricksteves.com/blog/venice-trattoria.)