Le Mie Ricette – Nonna’s Venetian Recipes


There’s a forgotten island in the secret northern  Lagoon, overgrown with elderflowers and acacia. Herons and sea gulls nest in the wilderness, which was once one of the lushest monastery gardens in Venice. This island is called Madonna del Monte, located near San Francesco del Deserto and Sant’Erasmo.

In 1988, Lina published two books called Le Mie Ricette: Recipes she learned to cook from her grandmother, and dishes she cooked in her three restaurants in Venice. Recipes from the Lagoon where she grew up during WW2 before returning home to Venice in 1945. Menus she cooked for famous guests and artists like Marino Marin or Popes John XXIII and John Paul I, who were regular guests for decades at her dinner table.

E-Book. 80 pages. Online in April 2023.

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This book takes you to the cooler season of the year, between October and mid-March: When the markets in Venice look orange in early fall, colorful squash, kaki and pomegranates and the weather smells of scirocco, the unstable winds of early autumn descend upon the Lagoon.

Until she turned 95 in 2017, Lina in order to learn more about historical recipes, used to visited monasteries like San Francesco della VignaSan Francesco del Deserto, San Lorenzo, and in particular, San Lazzaro degli Armeni. Since 1968, Lina’s home has been the former guest house and gardens of the San Zaccaria monastery, where she discovered more recipe collections in the library.

Discover Lina’s best-loved recipes which she has been cooking since 1945: Family favorites, and festive Venetian menus, such as the marzipan-blackberry summer tart or the manna-apple-Christmas cake. All recipes use natural ingredients, fruit and herbs of the Lagoon.