Popular as the most delicious festival, Venice Carnival dates back to 1162, to celebrate the victory of Serenissima Repubblica against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven.
A snapshot of Venice Carnival
People from across the globe gather at the San Marco Square, the principal public square of Venice. Though the festival was outlawed during late eighteenth century, but is now celebrated with huge pomp and show.
San Marco Square, Venice
The attraction of this annual fair is use of colorful masks, which allows people to disappear from their original appearance and participate in the carnival.
Masks in display, Venice
Masks not only signify an artistic creation but have held a special significance throughout Venetian culture. Scholars consider masks as a unique Venetian craftsmanship and mask makers till now hold a top notch position in European hierarchy.
A Venetian couple
Like many other festivals, the Venice Carnival definitely leaves a big scope for foodies. Each day ends with gala dinners held by different family, community or restaurants. Food is believed to give a universal appeal to any celebration.
Dinner during Venice Carnival
Italian cuisine offers many relishing palates. So that your list does not limit to pizzas or pastas alone and you land in a memorable culinary voyage here are the dishes you should surely try. If not in Venice, now every nook and crevice of the country has lavish Italian restaurants. Check in to try these irresistible Italian dishes.
An Italian Spread
Types of Bruschetta
Always begin your Italian food exploration with this one. It’s an appetizer prepared with basil, tomato, garlic and onion. It’s usually served with a topping of thick mozzarella cheese. If meat and pork is added then the bruschetta becomes non-veg in kind. Usually it’s consumed right after grill and is hot. Sip some cold wine to make it enchanting.
Counted as the oldest form of pasta, lasagna is wide and flat usually comprising layers of cheese, meat and several other kinds of feeling. Sauces, cheese, pork, mozzarella, parmesan, chicken, meat, prawn are added with veggies making lasagna a wholesome portion of any Italian spread. Lasagna can be vegetarian as well. Though lasagna forms a main course, but if ingredients like chocolate and peanut butter are used to fill it, then it becomes a dessert.
Sphagetti with bolognese
Originating from Bologna, the largest Italian city, this is a meat based sauce usually added in pasta, penne, spaghetti or rigatoni for a classic aroma. When using Bolognese sauce, the method is slow cooking that adds aroma and flavor to the dish. Experiments of Italian and American chefs have now developed kinds of Bolognese sauce which makes it difficult to get the traditional ones. Tomato also dominates this red sauce.
Tortellini en Brodo
Tortellini en Brodo, the Italian Soup
P.C.: Tortellini en Brodo
It’s an Italian soup that is called a staple dish in Italian spreads. Families especially northern Italy prepares this during vacations in order to add warmth to their togetherness. Pasta, spaghetti and parmesan cheese is added to the soup to make it more scrumptious.
A plate of bigoli
Bigoli is a long form of pasta that can also be categorized as noodles. Bigoli dominates kitchens of Veneto region, modern Italy. Traditionally, duck eggs or duck sauce were the main ingredients to prepare bigoli. Now even meat or fish is used prepare a delectable dish of bigoli. Bigoli has varieties like dry, dark or white depending on the kind of wheat used during production. It’s worth a try amidst an authentic Italian spread.
Gelato, the Italian dessert
Gelato might now be considered as an universal dessert but roots in Italy. Hence during the Venice carnival or any authentic Italian spread, you get to taste the best of it. It has several flavors to pick from. Combine many such flavors to make gelato an interesting dessert to try.
TRY THESE ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN INDIA:
BANGALORE: LATITUDE – VIVANTA BY TAJ, MONSOON – THE PARK, GRASSHOPPER, MINISTRY OF FOOD – HILTON BANGALORE EMBASSY , ALTO VINO – BENGALURU MARRIOTT HOTEL
MUMBAI: MANGIAMO, LAGERBAY, THE LAUGHING BUDDHA, ROYALTY, CAFE PRATO – FOUR SEASONS