The Venetian foodie guide for March

March in Venice can look sunny, balmy and bright like above, or greyish-blue when moist clouds chase the waters back into the Lagoon, bringing abundant rainfall like it happens so often on the Mediterranean coasts. Expect the first REAL warm sun rays enveloping Venice in the first days of March, and in the last few […]

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Our honey-pepper cake for Epiphany

Here are six useful terms for you to understand Venetian traditions on Epiphany Day, and of course, to taste all the cakes ! Watch out for the terms Epifania, Befana, Re Magi, carbone, panevin and fritole which we will explain in a moment. The week after the New Year brings on the ancient and real Christmas traditions in Venice.  As […]

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Four things to explore and taste during All Saints Day in Venice

If you love exploring REAL Venetian sweets, you shouldn’t miss the first weekend in November. On All Saints Day and the weeks afterwards, bakeries and pastry stores in Venice offer traditional treats you don’t get in other seasons. That’s simply because they are tied to a legend, after which Venetians have been baking a special kind […]

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Spicy Velvet Squash Soup

If you ever wondered whether Venetians love squash dishes, here’s the confirmation. We love creamy soul food made from la zuca ! Zuca is Venetian for squash while in Italian it’s called la zucca. Zuche are also harvested in summer, I remember spotting the first one at the Rialto Market on a rainy day in late July. There are currently more than […]

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Our Flavored Cappuccino Recipes

I love cappuccino with delicious add-ons. This sunny Saturday morning I flavored my cappuccino with Campari :-) Flavoring coffee is a habit of Venetians that goes back until the late 17th century when the first cafes opened in town. Grandmother is very strict with her morning coffee but she does like flavored milk with her caffé […]

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Mousse All’Anguria – Water Melon Mousse

When it gets really hot in Venice there are a few possibilities to cool down,  I mean culinarywise. One of my favorites during these really hot days called  le giornate di solleone is a slice of anguria (water melon). Did you know that anguria grows right around the corner ? The Veneto is the third largest […]

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Our Breakfast Cake for Ferragosto

It’s Ferragosto week in Venice and a long weekend is ahead of us. Many Venetians have left Venice by now while others spend their days on one of the beaches, either in the Lagoon or on the Lido. With summer comes the need for easy and quick dishes and and festive ones for Ferragosto. That’s why […]

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Redentore Culinary Treats

The traditional Venetian Redentore menu consists of several courses, mostly cold dishes for we eat with friends and family and that takes rather long :-) From the late afternoon, Venetians sit outside on chairs before long tables next to the canals. Many stop in the campi, on private terraces or balconies and in courtyards, others along Bacino […]

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A Story of Lagoon Tomatoes

Il pomodoro means tomato and Il Cavallino is the name of the sand peninsula framing in the northeastern Lagoon. Yes, here are our beaches and here is also the home of the Venetian tomatoes. Tomatoes arrived nel Veneziano (how we call the territory around Venice, the Lagoon fringe) in the 16th century via Spain and quickly became a curiosity […]

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