Michela's gone iPhone with Venice eatery on-"tap" app.

Screen shot 2009-12-10 at 2.52.30 PM.pngWe knew she’d do it; it was only a matter of time. Michela Scibilia, one of our most reliable go-to girls for Many Things Venice has made it that much more convenient to have her eating and drinking preferences at the tip of your fingertips…if you have an iPhone, anyway.

Screen shot 2009-12-10 at 2.52.22 PM.pngTapVenice Eating may not be the most imaginative title ever, but it certainly forthright and more English and SEO friendly than Osterie e dintorni. That’s the perfectly logical title of the first Italian pub by Michela that I picked up over fourteen years ago to find my way around consumable Venice (the English title is Venice Osterie). Since she has also penned Venice: Botteghe and  A comprehensive guide to the island of Murano. TapVenice could be the first in a series…ya think?)

Screen shot 2009-12-10 at 2.53.28 PM.pngNot surprisingly, the app is very well-organized and quite navigable: her recs are listed in alpha order, but you can also perform a multiple-criteria search: look for something near your current location, with outdoor seating or good wines or a kid-friendly spot, say; and of course, set your language for English or Italian (that’s right, locals rely on her too). There’s also a glossary for any “foresti” – Italian or otherwise – who might not be familiar with Venetian foods and dishes.

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From the list, you can click on any eatery and discover a photo, description, relative price range, address, telephone number (reserve, please…and then show up), closing days, with both on- and offline maps, which means you don’t have to be online to get a locale’s location.

I’ve downloaded and installed the TapVenice app, I’ll be testing it out in the next days and will note any idiosyncrasies, should I find any. With Michela’s track record I don’t expect to, however.

For more images and info, click through to the TapVenice Eating web site. The app is $2.99 and available on the iTunes Store.

Any plans for additional formats, Michela? IMWTK… 😉

8 thoughts on “Michela's gone iPhone with Venice eatery on-"tap" app.

  1. G F Mueden

    Oops My old eyes don’t se my errors until the entry is published in the nice fat letters my software asks for. I meant to write ‘ditorni’ and misses the key.

    This is a common problem for the low vosioned. Fonts in text entry boxes generall do not use the font chosen for incoming text.
    Instead of just beefing about it I would like to be able to say how it can be fixed, but that is beyond me. gfmueden@verizon.net

  2. nan

    @GF: “dintorni” translates to “surroundings;” it’s in the title of the original pub in italian. The English title is “Venice Osterie.”

    @JoAnn: Yes. 😉

  3. Mike R

    Bought this ready for our trip to Venice on New Years eve.

    Looks like a good representation of the paper guidebook. Also more up to date

    Will see how well it works, especially the ‘Nearby’ option when in the city itself.


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