• Carnevale in Pasticceria

    Above you can see what a typical morning in early February is like while Venice is getting ready for the day ahead. Baking fritole doesn’t take too long, so while taking a coffee and waiting for the fog to lift, we spend some time looking up all the recipes for fritole. Ancient ones, and the

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  • A Secret Carnival Walk around Venice

    Can these three weeks of celebrating Carnival in Venice become an opportunity for Venetians to reconnect with history, culinary traditions and ancient crafts? A Carnival giving back some Venetian-Ness, the backbone of their strong roots? For years, I felt we weren’t really joining in the festivities around town. Standing aloof like spectators and often avoiding

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  • About Our Venetian Chocolate

    This Carnival weekend is a good time to post a “sweet story” telling about Venetian chocolates. Venice in the last 300 years developed her own flavors and specialties as you will discover. The story of chocolates in Venice begins in Piazza San Marco, in each of the eight cafes  Giuseppe Tassini mentions were around the

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  • Carnival in Venice – Past and Present

    A few days ago, looking at an image posted by Bacart (a Venetian art gallery) on their Facebook Page made me recall the style, sights, color combinations and sounds of Carnival taking place in Venice during a different time. The look and feel of Carnival in the late 1980s, intimate and private and much lesser known.

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  • What to See, Eat and Do during Carnival in Venice

    For a couple of years now, Carnival festivities in Venice have found a certain routine. We divide them into the evergreen events reflecting ancient Carnival festivities just as they were celebrated during the times of the Venetian Republic and those that change every year. What did people eat during Carnival at the times of the

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  • Medieval Dining in Venice

    700 years ago, two cooking styles in Venice existed. You can taste them both in Venice today and the festive period of Carnival is a good reason to explore ancient tastes and culinary delights. In the past, you could have chosen between food from the Lagoon  (loved by citizens and artisans in Venice) and refined, spice-flavored plates served in the

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  • The Real Origins of Carnival in Venice

    Celebrating Carnival in Venice goes back to the year 1094, celebrated for the first time on 25 October. The meaning of Carnival for our town is not connected to the usual Latin interpretation of carnem levare which only applies to the Martedì grasso.  That was a public holiday in Venice too, officially celebrated during the times of the Serenissima. What

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