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Great affordable Chinese in Venice. The chips that come before the meal are so good you need to watch you don't fill up before the food arrives! Best to share a few dishes with friends.
I LOVE going to Mao's!
It is one of the few spots in Venice that stayed true to its tradition and customers.
It doesn't smell gentry ( even if you'll often notice lysergic fashion bloggers surrounded by their devoted DP and crew : these people thankfully stay outdoor and use Mao's surroundings as a natural backdrop, like' I live across the street and I just came down to sip a juice and, Aw! You just caught me in one of my casual moments, silly) and has the very same menu ( & prices, even cooler) since I have memory.
So you won't find your chow mien dipped in a beet glaze nor your spring roll filled with seeds:
what you are going to experience here is the Old Venice with communal tables( optional) and a large bowl of deep fried chips waiting for you.
The food comes in large portions ( get this, you maniac of homeophatic dosages) and it's REAL food in the best Chinese traditions.
Mao's chefs shop 7 days a week for fresh produce, and it shows.
It must be hard to stay strong when your neighbor offers a bowl of greens& flax seeds for some 18$, and apparently anyone is sold to the silliest food combos in history, so one more reason to love this place where yes, if you miss your old Venice, you can still feel at home.