Episode #95 in Venice, Italy on the majestic Eolo
people think of Venice, Italy they instantly think about
the canals and gondolas gliding past, or the winding alley
ways, coupled together by romantic little bridges. But what
most people miss when visiting Venice is the rich history
that comes from the larger lagoon that surrounds the city.
this episode we are so blessed to have the opportunity to
hitch a ride on the historically restored sailing/fishing
vessel known as Eolo. Owner and Chef Mauro Stoppa gives
us a lovely tour of the lagoon, setting sail and then bringing
us down below where he whips up some incredible dishes!
prepares Marinated Scampi with Artichoke Hearts and Fresh
Mint, using the freshest large shrimp from the Adriatic
Sea! Then Mauro makes a Cuddle Fish with Shallots and Cherry
Sauce, creating one very special and interesting plate!
Of course there’s always has to be pasta, so Mauro
creates a Risotto with Fresh Peas that is out of this world.
And to top it off, Mauro bakes a gigantic Sea Robin, along
with pan fried young potatoes!
the lagoon all day, eating gourmet faire and being served
like royalty was only just the beginning of our experience!
That evening we dock at Locanda Alle Porte 1632, a family-owned
and operated fully organic bed and breakfast! Owners Orindo
and Maria and their extended family treat us to a fantastic
dinner, followed by a breakfast that included organic preserves
and fresh baked pastries! Yum!
that morning we venture off with Orindo as he gives us a
tour of the family owned Organic Farm that provides all
the produce for their restaurant and bed and breakfast!
It’s wonderful to see a traditional family farm that
stays away from all pesticides and genetic engineered growing
Locanda Alle Porte was difficult, as it is such a relaxing
spot and the family was so sweet to us- but Eolo is meant
to sail and so we’re off to visit the islands dotting
the Venice lagoon such as Burano, known for it’s famous
lace artisans. Then we dock and have an extended visit to
the island of Lazzaretto Nuovo, the island known since ancient
times as they gateway, or entrance of the Venetian lagoon.
We’re met there by Dr. Gerolamo Fazzini, who gives
us a fantastic glimpse back in time to the early beginnings
of Venice itself.
Eolo winds its way toward the Island of Torcello where we
are invited into Locanda Cipriani for a fabulous luncheon!
Hosted by Bonifacio Brass, Locanda Cipriani is known for
being the place that actually invented Carpaccio! Locanda
Cipriani is also known for hosting Ernest Hemmingway when
he wrote Across the River and into the Trees! Surrounded
by lush gardens and an ancient monastery, the combination
of gourmet dining and historic vistas makes this place a
Mille to Mauro, Antonio and the rest of the crew of Eolo
for making this trip one of the most memorable in Hippy