Venice, Part 2
Sep. 3, 2012 8:06 am
Updated: Sep. 5, 2012 6:17 am
The heat in Venice broke this week, bringing the realization that the summer, and my travels in Italy, will soon be over. The silver lining is that the cold and rainy weekend was the perfect opportunity to try out some hearty fall recipes like risotto
with butternut squash and rosemary and goulash, beef stew with potatoes and paprika, a dish that remains popular in Venice since the time of its occupation by the Austro-hungarian empire.
Another reminder of Venetian history was my visit to Drogheria Mascari in calle degli spezieri, the street of the spice merchants behind the Rialto market. Much of Venice's wealth was due to its monopoly of the spice trade from the Middle East to Europe, which
lasted until the mid-15th century.
On Sunday, I attended the annual Regatta Storica (historical regatta), in which a procession of boats representing the nobility of Venice and its overseas territories and the Doge's galley, the bucentaur, are followed by a series of races on traditional boats
like gonodolini (mini gondolas for racing) and caorline (wide bodied cargo boats).
In the bacino of San Marco
Risotto with squash and rosemary
Spices and candy shop