Traditional food and wine from Veneto

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Traditional food and wine from Veneto


This section of WebFoodCulture is about the most typical and traditional food and wine specialties from the Italian Region of Veneto. The following articles include their fascinating origins, useful information and interesting facts. They also provide indications on the historic restaurants and producers of these delicacies, giving the opportunity to taste their authentic flavor.


The most typical and traditional food and wine specialties. Their origins, info and interesting facts. The historic restaurants and producers.

Prosecco wine.

Prosecco is undoubtedly one of the most famous and appreciated Italian wines in the world. The main reasons for such a reputation are its great pleasantness and versatility: characteristics that, during the last few years, have led to a huge increase in sales. Let’s find out its history, how it’s produced and a lot of interesting facts. Let’s visit the enchanting lands where its vines grow. (continue)

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Maraschino liqueur (img-03, cc-01, crt-02) Maraschino liqueur (img-03, cc-01, crt-02)

‘Maraschino’ is the main ingredient of many famous cocktails. The captivating flavor of this liqueur comes from a particular kind of cherry, known as ‘marasca’. It was initially produced in the city of Zara by a few entrepreneurial families. Among them, the Luxardos: they represent still today the tradition of this specialty. (continue)

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Ballotta: Galileo's trattoria (img-01, crt-01) Ballotta: Galileo's trattoria (img-01, crt-01)

There are places where food, no matter how delicious, manages to acquire additional, unexpected flavor: places like ‘Ballotta’, a ‘trattoria’, serving traditional specialties since the XVII Century to all kind of customers. Among them, very famous people such as Galileo Galilei … and many others! (continue)

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The most traditional food and wine from Veneto, the historical restaurants and producers.

Asiago cheese PDO (crt-03)

Asiago, one of the most appreciated Italian cheeses, takes its name from the famous plateau located in the north-eastern part of the peninsula. Let’s find out the history of this dairy specialty, how it’s produced and its different types. Let’s try to understand what makes it worthy of the PDO label. (continue)

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Venice has always been the beating heart of Veneto Region. Despite being separated from the mainland (its foundations lay on a large number of small islands), over the centuries the ‘Serenissima’ has exercised a deep cultural influence on its hinterland.
A kind of influence that appears quite evident while walking in the historic centers of the main cities of this Region …

… as well as strolling through the narrow alleys of the picturesque villages that, like gems, embellish the territory.

Venetian Frittelle. Venetian Frittelle.

The Venetian Carnival: an event unique in the world, renewing its magic year after year. During the period of its celebrations, the pastry chefs in the Doge’s city prepare delicious ‘frittelle’: let’s taste these sweet specialties, so rich in tradition. Let’s find out their history, many useful information and interesting facts. (continue)

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Venetian Galani. Venetian Galani.

In addition to Frittelle, the other sweet specialty prepared in Venice during the Carnival are Galani. This delight consists of thin strips of dough made with butter, flour and eggs, which once fried are sprinkled with sugar. Let’s taste them and discover their history, lots of information and interesting facts.

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Friularo wine.

There is a place where emotions from a time past, art, culture and taste, seem to blend with each other. A beautiful, ancient villa in the Italian countryside becomes the source of feelings that inevitably ignite inspiration. It’s here that the Friularo wine was born, the fruit of a sensibility slowly acquired over the centuries. (continue)

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Veneto is a region that, despite its (relatively) small dimension, presents a great number of landscapes. Coasts, lagoons, hills, mountains and the Po Valley: fascinating places hosting unique treasures of art.

It’s almost impossible to visit Veneto without running into a beautiful ancient villa. A great part of them was built between the Fifteenth and the Nineteenth Century by the richest Venetian aristocrats and merchants in the inland territories conquered by the Serenissima (the ‘mainland domains’, ‘domini di terraferma’).

Many of these magnificent buildings were designed by the most famous architects of the time like, for example, Andrea Palladio. They were used by their masters as places of leisure and relaxation. The villas were generally surrounded by other structures, intended for the agricultural exploitation of the surrounding estates.

Italy, Veneto Region.

State: Italy
Region: Veneto

Veneto Region.

Veneto is an Italian region located in the north-eastern part of the peninsula. Its name comes from that of an Indo-European people, the ‘Veneti’ or ‘Venetici’, who settled in this area in the second millennium BC. The most important center of this region has always been Venice, city worldwide famous for its art and history. The provincial capitals are Padua, Verona, Treviso, Belluno, Vicenza and Rovigo.


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The Venetian ‘bacari’.

Strolling through the ‘calli’, the narrow alleys of Venice, it’s quite easy to come across a ‘bacaro’: a small tavern, very noisy and lively, where it’s possible to spend some time enjoying the company of the nice and colorful local people. In a traditional bacaro are usually served wine and very tasteful appetizers, also known as ‘cicchetti’. (coming soon)

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Prosecco DOCG wine.

‘Prosecco’ is undoubtedly one of the best known and most exported Italian wines in the world. The main reasons for this success are probably its lightness and simplicity: qualities that make it a great aperitif. It’s also an ideal accompaniment to appetizers and fish dishes.
Prosecco is produced with great care by many wineries in the Regions of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia: the reward of such dedication came in 2009, with the assignment of the DOC label. The same year, the DOCG label was assigned to the ‘Conegliano Valdobbiadene – Prosecco’ and to the ‘Colli Asolani – Prosecco’. (more information)

Venice: art and music.

There is no doubt that the paintings of Canaletto and the music of Vivaldi are the artistic works that best represent the city of Venice: the heart of Veneto.


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img-01 (*) – Portrait of Galileo Galilei, Justus Sustermans, 1640 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-Art} {PD-US}
img-02 (*) – The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice, Canaletto, 1730 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-Art} {PD-US}
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crt-02 – Luxardo Maraschino, early XX Cent. advertisement. Courtesy of Girolamo Luxardo S.p.A.
crt-03 – Asiago cheese. Courtesy of Consorzio Tutela Formaggio Asiago.

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