Off the coast of Venice, there are many islands, most in which are not visited by tourist. There is one however, that attracts people from all over, it’s the island of Murano. Murano is known for it’s exquisite hand blown glass. People visit to get a close look at this amazing glass & see first hand how it’s made. It’s one of those places, for me at least, that as interesting as it is, if you see it once, you may not need to see it again.
My friend Anita had been to Venice a few months before & told me of her amazing day on the Island of “Burano.” I’ve been to Venice three times & have never heard of this island. It’s about a 20 minute boat ride from Venice & a 10 minute ride from Murano. She told me not to miss this unique, quaint little town. I took her lead and arranged a boat ride. As we were pulling up to the island, we saw these beautifully, colored row of houses. When we hopped off the boat, I was in awe. I had never seen anything like this. Every house in this little village was painted a different color.
At one time, Burano was a fisherman’s village. It’s said that, when the men were coming home from being out at sea, they would try to see their houses. To identify them from off shore, they began to paint them different colors. This remains a tradition & what makes Burano so special.
Before I left for Italy, I saw an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservation” about Venice. One of the restaurants he visited was “Da Romano,” which luckily for us, was on the island of Burano. Although, my friend told me of a restaurant that she loved, I had to go with Bourdain’s suggestion.
Trattoria Da Romano, is known for a special dish called “Goa risotto.” Goa are actually scavanger fish that can’t be eaten, but are used to make a broth for their risotto. The cooking process needs to be very delicately done. If the fish is broken, the broth turns black & bitter.
We started our meal with sardines, white polenta, which is indicative to Venice & onions Veronese style. Veronese onions are sauteed in vinegar & have a sweet/sour taste. They are traditionally served on top of liver. We also had baby shrimp on white polenta, simply drizzled with olive oil & lemon. Although, the risotto is Da Romano’s specialty, we passed & ordered a whole Sea bass cooked in a mound of salt. It was moist & flaky, nothing less than wonderful. This by far was the best meal we had in Venice!
After a long leisurely lunch & a bottle of wine, we were ready for a nap, but not before dessert. Our waiter told us that the “S” shaped cookies were one of Burano’s special treats. We headed to the bakery & bought a bag full. They were hard, almond flavored cookies, that I call “dunkers.”
We thoroughly enjoyed the day we spent on Burano. Unlike the Island of Murano, Burano is a place you can happily visit again & again. Thanks to my friend Anita who brought this beautiful place to my attention & to Anthony Bourdain for being such a bad ass foodie. Everything about Burano is a colorful treat, not just the houses.
D I V A
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Venice, the romantic, magical & enchanted city, that’s full of history, winding streets, canals, and yes, gondolas. It’s said that the best way to see Venice, is to get lost in it’s streets. There are so many little alley ways that twist & turn, it’s an easy task; especially for J & I, since we both have no sense of direction. In my travels, I’ve experienced a few things that have truly moved me. One such experience, was the one I wrote of in my previous post, about my visit to the Amalfi Coast; another, is getting lost in Venice.
J & I were looking for a restaurant that I had read about in some food magazine, Corte Sconta. It’s a little trattoria that’s hidden in one of Venice’s winding streets. We took a wrong turn & found ourselves in a small square, where there were no tourist & no gondolas. There were young boys playing soccer, men sitting on plastic chairs chatting & the smell of dinner filled the air. Because there were no cars, the boy’s yells & laughter bounced off the hard surfaces & echoed.
I stood there taking it all in. The sights, sounds & smells gave me such an overwhelming feeling, that I began to tear up. (which is something I do when I’m moved) As we stood there, I couldn’t help thinking, that here we are, staying in some fancy palazzo, looking for the best places to eat, and these people were happy in their modest lives. It goes to show how little we really “need” to live & be happy. In a world full of indulgence, seeing this was refreshing. Experiences like this, give me a reality check. I try to use them to keep me grounded, which is not easy, since I myself, is guilty of indulgence.
Getting lost that day, is something that I’ll never forget. The sounds of those happy echoes will forever fill my head. Forget the shops, St Mark’s Square & the gondolas; to me, those echos are Venice.
D I V A
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Diva Eats Italia has packed her bags and is going on vacation!!! I’m about to embark on a new adventure, so I can taste more of the world. I have a 5 O’clock flight tomorrow July 4th, that is headed for Milan. I’m meeting my husband, who is already there on a business trip. From Milan, we are going to spend four days in beautiful, enchanting Venice. It’s been about five years since I’ve been there, and can’t wait to go back.
After our time in Italy, we’re flying down to Greece; the islands of Mykonos and Santorini to be specific. This will be our first time in this beautiful country. It’s been a place I’ve had on my “travel bucket list” forever. This trip is more than just a vacation, it’s a celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary. When picking a place to celebrate, we had two criteria;
ONE) It had to be someplace we’ve never been before, and
TWO) It had to be romantic…so Greece was our choice.
I feel fortunate, that we’re able to spend this special time, in such amazing places. I’m looking forward to watching the sun set into the gorgeous blue water of the Aegean Sea, eating grilled octopus, drinking white wine from Santorini, and overdosing on feta cheese.
If you would like to come along with us on our adventure, you can, via FACEBOOK. Join my page (the link is below) to see post of photos of the beautiful sights, as well as the delicious food I’ll be devouring! I’ll keep you abreast of everything that’s going on. Well, maybe not EVERYTHING.(wink,wink). It is an anniversary celebration, after all.
Please come along; we would love to have you.
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D I V A