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European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

Many years ago, when I worked in publishing in Sydney, my right-hand-man had a tempestuous relationship with his girlfriend who was head chef for one of Australia’s best known fine dining restaurateurs. Our little design department was comprised of keen foodies, even though the word...
Cooking with the Countess in Venice

Cooking with the Countess in Venice

“Is there anything we should know beforehand about the cooking course?” we asked our host Enrica Rocca. “Yes, cancel your dinner appointments for after the class!” Done. When you’re about to spend a day cooking with the Countess in Venice, you do as you’re told....
Venice Take-Homes: Distinctive Souvenirs

Venice Take-Homes: Distinctive Souvenirs

When you visit Venice you can easily buy a Venetian mask, ‘Murano’ glass made in China or an I love Venezia t-shirt from any one of the souvenir stands that dot Venice and line Campo San Marco and the route to the Rialto Bridge. But explore the...
No Pizza, No Lasagne, No Tourist Menu

No Pizza, No Lasagne, No Tourist Menu

“No pizza, no lasagne, no menù turistico” says a sign posted outside Antiche Carampane, one of our favourite restaurants in Venice. Hidden down a hard-to-find lane in the sestiere or neighbourhood of San Polo, the restaurant’s location is such that there is little chance that...
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...
The Dish: Bigoli con Salsa

The Dish: Bigoli con Salsa

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...