‘A VERY VENICE ROMANCE’: A LOVE STORY WITH GOOD FOOD

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Movies centering on food or a chef is a popular element to use at Hallmark. A Very Venice Romance is one such movie.

A Very Venice Romance (2023) Hallmark TV Film Review

Working for a boss who promotes harmony and peace, Amy (Stephanie Leonidas) struggles to get the project they’re working on just right. The line of quick meals marketed to single, busy professionals such as herself, just aren’t quite right. They need to incorporate supplements in order for the meals to be healthy. When Amy and her chef have differences, he walks out forcing her to try and find someone who can create the vision.

This leads Amy to Italy and chef Marcello Barone (Raniero Monaco Di Lapio). The thing is, Marcello has done the restaurant in America. He’s done American living. He’s back in Italy for a reason, and he’s happy here. Working for an American company, creating food in a way it shouldn’t be eaten, well, that’s just not in Marcello’s plans…

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Sometimes the TV romance movies I underestimate most are the ones I seem to enjoy. This is true of A Very Venice Romance. It has the prominent theme of food and cooking, which I don’t always enjoy just because this always seems like a popular element in this genre. Marcello is passionate about his work and food, and cooking. There’s also an interesting conversation about food having all the benefits we need if we chose the right type and kinds of food that nourishes. It’s a solid addition to the script that I thought was interesting and fit the story while also being informative, and something I’ve actually been interested in implementing into my own life.

Cute in ways I didn’t expect, I like the cast, too. Mostly I enjoy that the main cast is new to the network. British, Stephanie was in Endeavour so if you watch British TV, you’ll recognize her. While I like her Amy, and the cute, almost “awkward” relationship and chemistry that she and Marcello form, this also features one of my pet peeves. The pet peeve being that the couple shares three little words before the end. Something that always comes across as unrealistic because of the short time frame the film takes place.

Regardless of a stumble or two, the film still is a feel good story that will make you swoon (probably) and ends, as always, with a smile.

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‘A VERY VENICE ROMANCE’: A LOVE STORY WITH GOOD FOOD. Review of the 2023 Hallmark flick. © Rissi JC

Content: there is nothing that steps beyond a kiss or two, and a bit of “chemistry” between the couple that suggests they are interested in starting something. The film is TV-G and keeps to the old school rating.

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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