Risi e Bisi & How to Spend 25 April in Venice

In Venice, 25 April usually starts out sunny, and our first walk in the morning leads us to the Piazza to buy a few rosebuds called el boccolo at the stall in front of the Basilica run by various Onlus associations. When you arrive here around 8:30 am, there’s already a little crowd waiting next…

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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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Mimosa Blossom Frittelles for Valentine’s Day

Usually, La Festa di San Valentino, Valentine’s Day, overlaps with Carnival festivities here in Venice. If this is not the case, the official beginning of Carnival is just round the corner. For this reason, a typical dish we love to eat for La Festa di San Valentino, as hearty breakfast, after lunch, or with coffee, is…

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Venetian Winter Pancakes and the Concept of Ancestral Food

Introducing the notion of ancestral Lagoon food, we need to return for a moment to the way how Venice is defined. Is this just a city forlorn in a Lagoon? Or, is Venice part of a larger ecosystem, comprising Lagoon, sand dunes, marshy islands and swampy flatlands?

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A Traditional Menu from Venice for New Year’s Eve

Now, what does it look like going for a walk on the last day of the year? Just like I’m describing in this blog post, we were lucky to enjoy pearl blue skies in Venice. And if you cross Campo San Zaccaria, and walk out onto the Riva, this is what you can see .. just…

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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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