Venice: How Sweet it is
A quick detour to the rapeseed fields of the French countryside, and now back to Venice we go… for a few sweet addresses to put away in your travel files. And a sweet announcement to go with: this is MyKugelhopf’s 101st post! I hope along the way, your sweet tooth has been satisfied, travel plans have been made, and perhaps out have come the baking pans too! Here’s to the next 100! A big thank you for joining in the adventures here and for your comments, which I love! (So please do keep them coming!)
To mark the occasion, I thought of sharing my 101 favorite Venetian sweets with you – but I don’t want you all to go in to sugar shock. Just a few highlights instead. My travels serendipitously led me to these places below…
My mother had brought me back bags of delicious meringue-like cookies and treats from her trip to Venice years ago, and I could still picture the label. It had a round, brown or red flower on it, as I recalled. While I didn’t know the name of the pasticceria, I knew I wanted to find it! And there it was, in one of Venice’s most renowned pastry shops, no surprise to find the label there. Marchini, I said to myself, but of course!
Rows of bags of crunchy biscotti; traditional cookies that look like they’ll just melt in your mouth; solid chocolates in the shape of Carnival masks in all different colors (top left); hard candies and cream filled pastries too. For a such a small shop, the selection is quite impressive. And even more so at the Antica Drogheria Mascari. That was a name I knew before arriving in Venice, but my mapless travels didn’t help me to find it. Until I literally just fell upon it. The beautiful piles of spices in the window caught my eye. Bold colors, pyramids with delicate designs – reminiscent of the markets in Morocco. Inside, you can get lost in the wine shelves in the back, over 600 bottles, mostly Italian winemakers and young wines. Gabriele (below left) told me about his family running the shop and how they have wine to drink – not to age! When he saw my interest lied more in the dried fruits, beautiful tins of biscotti and the colorful drawers of candies, he told me I should come back during Christmas time. They have over 30 different types of nougat! He laughed when he saw my eyes grow large at that!
Christmas in Venice, I’ve got that on my list now! And perhaps another visit to VizioVirtù for the chocolate made with white truffles. A praline with truffle pieces ground up in it – you can definitely taste the truffle, but it’s not overpowering. Most of the chocolates made use of different spices, herbs and even edible flowers. I went the traditional road and tasted a few caramels, nut pralines, the chocolate named after France’s N7 highway (below right), and that truffle chocolate, less traditional perhaps.
Fancy chocolates aside, the colorful fruit licorice was quite a hit with readers here, as was the nougat. My favorites too! Rizzo Dolci was a really fun spot, a colorful candy shop to get lost in – and one to which I would have returned had I been able to find it again! I got my fill of nougat in all flavors, those chewy fruit licorice and a few other treats not only there, but at cafés and no name pastry shops as well. Enjoy the list of addresses below, but be sure to make your own sweet discoveries too.
Sweet Addresses in Venice, Italy
San Marco – Spadaria 676
Antica Drogheria Mascari
San Polo 381
Sestiere San Polo 2898/A
Cannaregio 1818 & 1979
Pasticceria Pitteri Giovanni
Santa Croce 1630
Rosa Salva Antico Caffè