Christmas in Venice: Pasta e fasioi

This Venetian winter warmer is considered a classic of the cuisine of the Veneto. It consists of a thick bean soup into which pasta is thrown to cook at the last minute.

Polpette biscotte al finocchio: fennel meatballs (recipe)

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    Italian food may be simple, but often it’s not fast: but that’s one of its charms. Good ingredients, cooked well. It’s no surprise therefore that the Slow Food movement started in Italy. Traditionally, a lot of the more time-consuming dishes would have been cooked by housewives while their husbands were out at work, … Continue reading Polpette biscotte al finocchio: fennel meatballs (recipe)

Mazzancolle in saor: Venetian sweet and sour prawns (recipe)

An early morning trip to the Rialto fish market in Venice is always a treat. This morning, after coffee and a croissant at my favourite coffee bar in Venice, Torrefazione Cannaregio, I hopped across the Grand Canal at the Santa Sofia, traghetto (a traditional gondola ferryboat) and on to the fish market. I was in search … Continue reading Mazzancolle in saor: Venetian sweet and sour prawns (recipe)

Melanzane di Mauro: recipe

                                              Aubergine, eggplant, melanzane: they sound good in any language and, in my opinion, taste even better. These have been my favourite vegetables since I was a child and my mother used to … Continue reading Melanzane di Mauro: recipe

Focaccia con cipolla e olive: Puglian onion and olive pie

  This weekend, my friend Claudio was visiting from Venice. As you may have remember from this post, Claudio was born and has lived in Venice all his life, but his parents are from Puglia in the south of Italy. Claudio's nonne are therefore a great source of typical recipes from the south of Italy, which … Continue reading Focaccia con cipolla e olive: Puglian onion and olive pie