It’s Monday, Mangiamo a Venezia!

This week’s favorite meal goes to lunch on the island of Murano in Venice Italy. If you get the chance to visit Venice you must visit the neighboring islands of Murano and Burano. The first is known for its blown glass and the second for charming and colorful buildings and both are totally worth seeing.

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Blown glass on Murano Island

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Canal on Burano Island

Venice is known for its fantastic seafood so of course this was first on my list to try while there this weekend. We were lucky enough to catch a local fish market and see where all of our fresh seafood was coming from.

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Local Fish Market

Picking the perfect restaurant to spend your well earned money can be a challenge, only to be followed by deciding what to order. To avoid expensive and touristy restaurants make your way away from the main tourist attractions and explore the less popular alley ways. Look for menus with no pictures and that are written in Italian-it’s worth having to use Google Translate. When it comes to choosing your dish always go for regional. I decided to split a seafood entre and pasta with my friends, and fellow diners, to maximize the number of foods I could try (I highly recommend this strategy). We chose seafood skewers complete with tender salmon, tuna, and prawns as well as a spaghetti with steamed mussels and clams in the lightest butter sauce. Both were incredible. Enjoy with a glass of Prosecco and you can’t go wrong.

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Spaghetti with white wine butter sauce, steamed mussels and clams, and cherry tomatoes

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Grilled seafood skewers with tender salmon, tuna, prawns and veggies served over arugula salad.

As always, I will be on the lookout for the best eats in Italy. Until next time, stay hungry my friends.


pmcneilPaige McNeil, a Junior at the University of Denver, studying Hospitality Management. Through time at the Umbra Institute, she seeks to learn about food and eat her way through Europe; taking what she learns to one day open her own sustainable restaurant or catering business. View her Food Blog.

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