The cuisine of Venice relies heavily on the abundant bounty of the Venetian lagoon, and the vast array of sea creatures which inhabit it.
Nothing signals aperitivo time like cicchetti, small snacks unique to the bars of Venice.
2. Ombra & Spritz
Don’t forget an ombra or small glass of wine to go with your cicchetti (the word “ombra” literally translated means shadow/ shade).
3. Seppia al nero
Cuttlefish in black Seppia al nero is a classic first dish in Venice.
4. Sarde in saor
Marinated sardines This is a typical first dish and definitely the most popular in Venice.
5. Fegato alla venesiana
Venetian liver Known for its simplicity, Fegato alla venesiana is enjoyed even by those who do not typically like eating liver.
6. Baccalà Mantecato
Mantecato cod fish A common delicacy served throughout Venetian cicchetti bars, baccalà is codfish that’s boiled, skinned, and literally beaten to a pulp.
Spider crab Arranged delicately on your plate, pasta is served with a light, fresh tomato sauce from the spider crab’s shell.
8. Folpetti consi
Boiled baby octopus For the adventurous foodies, these small young octopuses are boiled typically with carrots and celery until tender, and then seasoned lightly with oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
9. Carpaccio di tonno
Tuna carpaccio This is an excellent light lunch or first dish option.
The original recipe called for custard and only recently has Mascarpone cheese been substituted.
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