The biggest association most people commonly make when they think of Italy is delicious food. Lasagna, spaghetti, pesto and fettuccine are widely known as Italian food. What a lot of people do not know, however, is that food in Italy differs from region to region. The Tuscan cuisine is known for its simplicity while the Bologna region is know for its delicious, rich lasagne or tortellini. One of the most interesting regional cuisines in Italy is that of Venice. Most of the typical Venetian seasonings found in the cuisine are butter, olive oil, sunflower oil, vinegar, kren, senape, mostarda, and salsa verde. The Venetian cuisine itself is divided into three different categories, depending on geography. Each one has its own many different local cuisines.
Coastal areas: The coastal areas mainly serve seafood dishes.
Plains: In the plains, grilled meat is mainly served, usually mixed with polenta, potatoes or vegetables. Risotto, which is a rice dish cooked with everything from pumpkin to seafood or meat, is also very popular. Bigoli, fettuccine, ravioli, and totelli are hand-made pasta dishes that are commonly eaten.
Mountain areas: The mountain areas mainly serve dishes made of pork or game meat with polenta, mushrooms, or cheese. There is also some Austrian or Tyrolese influences such as canederli or strudel.
According to walksofitaly.com, some of the foods you must during your time in Venice include Sardee in saor which features sweet and sour sardines with onions, pine nuts and raisins. Another is Pasta e fasioi which is just pasta and beans.
Sardee in saor:
All in all, Italian food in general is delicious but take advantage of the fact that we are visiting Venice and the variety of delicious meals found there.
“The Best Foods of Venice and the Veneto.” Walks of Italy The Travel Blog. Walks of Italy, 12 Feb. 2013. Web. 27 Apr. 2013.
“Venice Recipes and Curiosities from the Venetian Cuisine.” Venice Recipes and Curiosities from the Venetian Cuisine. Venice Explorer, 18 June 2010. Web. 01 May 2013.