Roses and Spices: Rediscovering Historical Venetian Recipes

When you first come to Venice, can you make out a special culinary style of this city that differs from other regions in Italy? For example, Rome is famous for specialties like pasta cacio e pepe and spaghetti carbonara. The Italian region Liguria is well-known for their delicious and refreshing pesto al basilico. And the…

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Friday Treats: A Venetian Autumn Cake: Torta con Glassa al Melograno

Perhaps you have time to bake a Venetian cake this weekend? Adapted to the season, and alleviating any symptoms of cold weather we might be suffering right now. We have a favorite family recipe, based on a historical one, popular in the 13th century Venice. Yes, that’s the time when Marco Polo’s family was living here…

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October Summer in Venice, and A Favorite Venetian Autumn Dish: Zucca e Pesce al Cartoccio

  Judging by the weather Venice was blessed with last weekend #octobersummer, it’s hard to imagine that we are already in the midst of autumn. We’re in for change .. By now, you can see the first leaves of vite americana (Virginia creeper vine) in Venice turn red, a sure sign that temperature changes in…

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Guide to Gluten-Free Seasonal Food in Venice: Favorite Dishes and Restaurant Tips

It doesn’t feel like fall in Venice at first glance. Yet, if you take a closer look you can see the a few auburn leaves among the greenery, but that’s mostly due to one of the driest summers we’ve just been through. No, that’s not the season of Indian Summer in Venice yet (which would…

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How to Grow a Pomegranate Tree

Il melograno means pomegranate tree in Italian. Growing your own pomegranate tree will instantly confer a Mediterranean look and feel to any garden. Below you can see a little pomegranate copse I’ve discovered in the Venetian Lagoon. That may be too much for many other climates, but you can always try with a little one. Make…

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Salvia Officinalis – Home-Made Sage Lemonade and its Benefits

We love sage! And yes, we are writing this article in the midst of summer, for it’s the first harvest round in the herb garden. This year, the sage bushes are growing less lush than usually, due to the lack in rain during the last few years. Still, we pick a few handfuls of young…

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