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Paolo Olbi, Venice’s Master of Paper, Printing and Bookbinding

Paolo Olbi, Venice’s Master of Paper, Printing and Bookbinding

Bookbinder Paolo Olbi, and his typesetter Beppi, may be Venice’s last great artisans, making every component of their beautiful products  by hand in Paolo’s atmospheric workshop in Castello. I first stumbled across one of Paolo’s shops on Campo Santa Maria Nova by accident and was...
Local Knowledge: Luca from Venice

Local Knowledge: Luca from Venice

A coastal oceanographer working for Venice’s Institute of Marine Science, specialising in the study of the sea and wetlands, 47 year-old Luca Zaggia spends most of his time in Venice on the water. Luca’s work involves everything from investigating contaminants in the lagoon, estuaries and...
Bigoli con Salsa Recipe

Bigoli con Salsa Recipe

There are many dishes in Venice that I could have made for our series on ‘the dish’, the quintessential plate of a place. Sarde in soar (a type of marinated ‘sweet and sour’ sardines) and spaghetti con vongole (spaghetti with clams) are just a couple...
Painting Venice

Painting Venice

Painting. Venice. Two notions that appeal to this romantic grand turista. We’ve been seeing artists sketching and painting in Venice and all over Europe this spring, setting up easels and drawing in sketchbooks, everywhere from the cobblestone lanes of the old town of Kotor to...
Venice in close-up

Venice in close-up

The longer you spend in a city such as Venice, the less you have to worry about the big picture and ticking off sights, and the more time you have to take in the tiny details. This was our eighth trip to Venice (and we had...
Poached Eggs with Asparagus, Pancetta and Parmesan, a Contemporary Take

Poached Eggs with Asparagus, Pancetta and Parmesan, a Contemporary Take

Poached eggs with asparagus, pancetta and parmesan, a contemporary take. I couldn’t leave the classic rendition of the dish that I recently made for the Venice edition of my Weekend Eggs series alone. Here’s why… I was lamenting the fact that it’s not really customary here in Venice, or anywhere...
Poached Eggs, Asparagus, Pancetta and Parmesan Recipe

Poached Eggs, Asparagus, Pancetta and Parmesan Recipe

This poached eggs, asparagus, pancetta and parmesan recipe is one of our favourite spring time recipes, and a classic that works for breakfast or brunch. Light and healthy, it doesn’t leave you feeling full, and with a glass of bubbly it leaves you feeling fabulous. Here...