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Feb 11 Barry | Comment (1)
Tratoria da'a Marisa
Quite often, when stuffy restaurant reviewer types come to Venice, they will pick someplace like the restaurant at Hotel Danieli, Cipriani's, or Da Fiore as the “best” restaurant in Venice. While the last two are certainly wonderful restaurants, and deserve their worldwide acclaim, I was in search of something more Venetian.
Years ago, I started asking the locals about good, truly Venetian restaurants. Ignoring many of the recommendations of restaurants owned my members of their family (everyone here has a cousin who owns the “best” restaurant in Venice), one name kept appearing: “Dalla Marisa”.
Dec 27 Barry | Comment (0)
The Italians are quite fond of the local cheeses from the Robiola of Piemonte to the Pepato of Sicily. Only a small portion of these cheeses make it to the cheese stores (and even less to the grocery stores) in the United States.
In many parts of Italy the locals enjoy their cheese with Mostarda. Mostarda is a product resembling marmalade in consistency, but has an aroma and a taste all its own. It is usually made by combining something sweet (like honey or candied pears) with something pungent (usually mustard powder). The combination pairs exceptionally well with a wide variety of cheeses, and is the perfect way to finish off your evening.
The pairing of mostarda with cheese after a meal seems to be most popular in the Veneto area (usually honey-based), with other fruits such as pear and watermelon being introduced in other regions.
Pick up a jar of Mostarda at your local Italian specialty shop. I'm enjoying a serving of Mostarda di Pera which I found (via Google) is also available here: http://bit.ly/PearMo or you can make your own like Mario Batali does: http://bit.ly/8jh098.
Once you have ended your meal by enjoying mostarda with some great Italian cheese, traditional desserts just don't seem to cut the mustard.
Dec 16 Barry | Comment (0)
Snowfall in Venice
Over-commercialization of Christmas has become the phrase we use to describe this holiday celebration in the United States. Long before Halloween, we start to hear Christmas carols in the malls throughout the 50 states. So our first Christmas in Italy was a bit of a culture shock.
Thanksgiving had come and gone, and there was still no sign that Christmas was approaching. No lights hanging in the windows, no trees, no songs in the stores. We couldn’t even find Christmas cards. What gives?
Nov 21 Barry | Comment (0)
As a past resident of Venice, people frequently write me and ask for the name of a good local Venetian restaurant. Here is a good selection of five truly local restaurants, frequented more often by Venetians than by tourists. Other than at Tre Archi, reservations are pretty much required for dinner, less so for lunch, but a simple phone call a few hours in advance usually does the trick. Please keep in mind that service in these restaurants is usually at the local pace – slow. Venetians tend to spend the entire evening dining. The restaurant is not simply a place to stop and get a bite on the way to your destination – it IS the destination.
Seafood is big here: Fried seafood, grilled fish, octopus, squid, razor clams, shrimp, mackerel, even fish lasagna. And if the menu is in only one or two languages, it's usually pretty good. These are some of our favorites. Of course, some we will continue to keep a secret!
Osteria La Zucca
Osteria Anice Stellato
Ai Tre Archi