Veneto: most traditional food


his page of WebFoodCulture is about the most traditional specialties from Veneto Region (Italy). The following articles include not just recipes, but also stories, interesting facts and the location of the most traditional restaurants to taste these delights. In addition, they provide useful information on the historic manufacturers.


The most traditional specialties from Veneto Region (Italy). The historic restaurants and manufacturers.

Ballotta: Galileo’s trattoria (img-01)

Ballotta: Galileo’s trattoria.


here are places where food, no matter how delicious, manages to acquire additional, unexpected flavour: 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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Maraschino and Luxardo (img-03) Maraschino and Luxardo (img-03)

Maraschino and Luxardo.


araschino’ 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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A villa, Goldoni and the Friularo wine. A villa, Goldoni and the Friularo wine.

A villa, Goldoni and the Friularo wine.


here 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, fruit of a sensibility slowly acquired over the centuries.

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enice 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.

Traditional food & wine from Veneto Region.

Frittelle and galani: pastries of the Venetian Carnival. Frittelle and galani: pastries of the Venetian Carnival.

Frittelle and galani: pastries of the Venetian Carnival.


he 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 sweet ‘frittelle’ and ‘galani’. (continue)

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‘Pescheria’: the Venetian fish market. ‘Pescheria’: the Venetian fish market.

‘Pescheria’: the Venetian fish market.


ne of the most interesting places in Venice is the ancient market near the bridge of Rialto. The ‘pescheria’ is the part of this market intended for fish trading. It’s hosted in a beautiful structure built in the early 1900s. (coming soon)

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eneto 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.


t’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.

The Venetian ‘bacari’.

The Venetian ‘bacari’.


trolling 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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Italy, Veneto Region.

State: Italy
Region: Veneto

Veneto Region.


eneto 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.

The Asiago cheese.


famous type of Italian cheese, the ‘Asiago’, is produced in one of the most characteristic places of Veneto Region: the Asiago Plateau. The origins of this cheese date back to before the year 1000 AD. Its particular taste comes from the high quality grass, plateau grass, eaten by the cows who produce its milk.
In 1978 this specialty got the DOP, Protected Designation of Origin label, which certifies and protects its authenticity. (more information)

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The Prosecco DOCG wine.


rosecco’ 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.


here 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, Tintoretto, 1602, Nat.Maritime Museum (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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img-01 – Antica Trattoria Ballotta, interior. Courtesy of Antica Trattoria Ballotta.
img-03 – Luxardo Maraschino, early XX Cent. advertisement. Courtesy of Girolamo Luxardo S.p.A.

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