Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Drinking In Good Literature and Fine Wine at the Mercato di Rialto

A good crowd turns out for the opening night of the RialtoLibri reading series at the Rialto fish market, hosted by Libreria Marco Polo owner Claudio Moretti (right) and featuring Nicola Manuppelli (left)
Last Sunday night marked the opening of the RialtoLibri reading series, the brainchild of Claudio Moretti of Libreria Marco Polo and Marco Montaldo and Giovanni Mattana of Bar Pescaria, which brings authors and fans of both books and fine wines together in the Pescheria (or fish market) of the Rialto market.

It kicked off with Nicola Manuppelli reading from and talking about his imminently-forthcoming book Bowling (due for release at the end of this month by Barney Edizioni, while a large crowd enjoyed Rosso Veronese Corvina and Bianco Veronese Garganega: two organic wines produced by Fasoli Gino (  

A complete list of the remaining five events of the reading series--with both the books and the wines to be featured--appears below. Any one of the evenings, or all of them, would be well worth checking out.

Sunday, 23 March

Guida all città ribelli: Parigi, Roma, Barcelona. E Venezia? (Voland)

Extremo Merlot del Monferrato--Torelli

 Sunday, 30 March

Almanacco del giorno prima, by Chiara Valerio (Einaudi)
Franciacorta Brut e Saten--Clarabella

Sunday, 6 April

Piccola osteria senza nome, by Massimo Cuomo (e/o)

Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso e Tocai Friulano--Castello di Arcano

Sunday, 13 April

Gli eroi imperfetti, by Stefano Sgambati (minimum fax)

Lambrusco Nero Maestri--Quarticello

Sunday, 20 April

Si fa presto a dire Adriatico, by Fulvio Ervas (marcos y marcos)

Prosecco col fondo Era e Brut DOCG Nature--Renzo Rebuli

For more information on the series, its hosts, the books, the readers, and the wines, please visit:  

Bookseller and writer
Writer and his text


  1. I've that link to a friend who is now in Venice and I think he'll attend the next party, thank you!

  2. I've sent, I mean, of course...

  3. Oh, my very favourite book seller, with the nicest smile in the world! :-)

    1. Yes, he's hard to beat when it come to booksellers, Yvonne--and smiles, too.

  4. I love these photos - everyone bundled up on a chilly night in a fish market to hear authors reading their work. Lovely!

    1. When I told my wife and son where I was going to to attend the reading, Erin, they both said, "It will stink!" And, yes, I do recall that the fish market usually smells of fish, even after hours. But on this particular night I was sick and couldn't smell a thing (or drink wine, alas), so I can't tell you if it actually did. I hope this detail doesn't ruin it for you--maybe it will give it more character? But I'll have to go to the next one and with a clear nose now find out the aroma of fish market is part of the nice ambiance.