Posted on 05 / 06 / 2009
In the city of Italy, it's hard not to come by hundreds of Ristorante's, Trattorias, Gelato stands, etc... all of which serve massive quantities of meat and cheese and dairy.
Although slightly difficult to find, and slightly led astray by google maps, I managed to find the Rialto Bio Center. It's a tiny little shop (as are most things in Venice), I'm not sure whether she was the owner or just a worker but the girl was nice enough. Expect to be treated with indifference in Italy, especially in Venice.
The store itself has fresh vegetables in the window, vitamins on the right, pastas on the wall, and of course the little fridge. It was within the little fridge I was able to find some really nice seitan and rice milk which I bought to eat with the muesli I also bought there. I also picked up some pine nuts there for some pesto I was going to make. The girl didn't speak a lick of English but somehow together we were able to discover that the omega 3 oil was not Vegan. That's another thing, maybe it's a completely different word in Italian, but she didn't know what the word Vegan meant (or at least that's what I gathered). I thought that was a little strange given that some of her product had the word Vegan on them. There must just be another word for it. I suppose it was just american logic leading me to believe that since Vegetarian is Vegetariano in Italian; Vegan couldn't be far off.
Anyway...that's it, nice little store to buy some standard veg products. Does not sell any sort of Vegan pre-made food. It's a little pricey too but that's probably because it's Venice.
Friendly, Veg Products, Convenient location near the Rialto Brid
Pricey (once again though, it's Venice)