Rediscovering My Neighborhood in Venice: Castello Food Guide

Welcome to my neighborhood in Venice, where I grew up! This is the first of four blog posts, in which I introduce you to the part of Venice I know best. I’ll take you for a walk around Castello, east of Piazza San Marco, and will share my favorite restaurants for lunch and dinner. You will also…

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Dream of Venice in Black and White

All images in this article: Courtesy by JoAnn Locktov / Bella Figura Publications What happens when a Venetian sees this city, so resplendent in the colors of the rainbow, wearing black and white? What a contrast to the Venice we know and whose colors we vividly recall from our children’s books. Venice, the mermaid blue,…

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La Dosa Calda – A Traditional Winter Drink, Celebrating La Festa della Salute

There’s one ancient Venetian winter drink almost never mentioned in cookbooks. It seems it has disappeared at all, and yet it was so popular in Venice until 100 years ago. Dosa calda. Literally, this is a spice and fruit drink popular in Venice before vin brule became popular in town. In Venetian, vin brule means vino…

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Celebrating La Festa della Madonna della Salute – Glossary and Guide

Last updated on 20 November 2018 On 21 November 2018, Venice will be celebrating, for the 388th time in a row, La Festa della Madonna della Salute. Venetians have always loved this quiet day, which starts out dark usually. But then – many candles will be lit at the Basilica. This feast is so much…

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Five Tips to Celebrate San Martino in Venice, a Legend and Traditional Menu

You can best witness the Feast of San Martino in Venice at the Rialto Market. This is a “hub” offering all the ingredients we need to prepare traditional spicy dishes, reflecting the harvest now arriving in the city because it’s the end of the agricultural year, the ancient Venetian capodanno agricolo. November is a transition…

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Pan del Doge al Pistacchio – Taste & Bake the Doge’s Autumn Cake

  The Doges of Venice seemed to love dishes with a green touch. Even their signature dish, risi e bisi, which the Doge’s family and their entourage ate on 25 April, was green.  Risi e bisi is a rather liquid risotto (all’onda) in which the baccelli (pods) of the bisi (green peas) were cooked with the peas…

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