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La Cucina dei Dogi – Venetian palatial cuisine

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Here is my basic Venetian cookbook that I often refer to when describing historical recipes from Venice (I used to devour it when I was a child): A Tavola con i Dogi by Pino Agostini. It was first published in 1991 and has an insightful introduction written by Alvise Zorzi. The books really makes readers understand and aware that historical Venetian cuisine is so much more than mainstream Italian cooking.

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Making spring soup in Venice

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Venetian grandmothers only use dadi di brodo (soup cubes) when there’s some sort of “culinary” emergency (all of their parsley and winter herbs died during particularly cold weather – it just happened once …). Usually, we have garden and wild herbs thriving on a sunny window sill and there’s a more protected, moist and quiet place for those herbs that dislike sun (such as sorrel and wild garlic) downstairs in the garden that you can see below.