Regional focus of the month:
It’s a region that plays a big part in our kitchens.
Unlike much of Italy pasta is not the staple with rice and polenta being ever popular.
In Venezia itself the dish of Risi e bisi sits somewhere between a risotto and a soup, made from rice, peas and pancetta.
Treviso is perhaps most famous as the home of Prosecco but at this time of year we look forward to the Tardivo radicchio a bitter chicory ideal for salads.
An ever present dessert on the Cafe Murano menu is reputed to originate in Veneto. Made with strong coffee, mascarpone cream and sponge, it’s called ‘pick me up’, which in Italian translates to tiramisu.