We got up early today but still lingered in the apartment until after lunch.  we had decided that we would continue our quest for fresh made pasta to cook in the apartment.  Yesterday the store in Castello was closed until 5, so we found the only other listed pastificio in Venice.  This one was on the other side of the Grand Canal, over the Rialto Bridge and into Canneregio just down the block from the huge Coin department store.  We actually knew exactly how to get there and set out on foot to do so.  Up and down bridges, including the Rialto Bridge which is a huge bridge to climb, and into Canneregio we went.  Oh, here is the store and gues what, it is also closed until 5.  AARRGGHH!  Needless to say I was a little testy about the fact that neither of us thought to call to find out the opened hours!

Since we were all the way over in that direction, Alan wanted to see one of the free Venice Biennale Exhibits, this one called “Highway to Hell.”  It was in a palazzo that is usually not open, so that made it even more attractive.  It was an independent one person show and, like all of the Biennale, far out and outlandish.  Here are a few pictures.

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We then took the vaporetto back to our home Campo San Barnaba.  The boat was surprisingly not crowded!  When we got to the campo, we stopped at the bakery and picked up some fresh made gnocchi with arugula in it.  We then went over to the fruit and vegetable barges and bought fresh porcini and fresh chanterelles.  After Alan took his nap, and I finished my book, we cooked up and madeup sauce of garlic, olive oil, butter, wine, the porcinis and chanterelles, parsley an a little lemon juice and lemon zest.  Oh yum!  The veggies in Italian could turn anyone into a vegetarian!



Cooking at Home Saturday — 2 Comments

  1. Looks absolutely fabulous. I know you two are great cooks and with all the fresh veges and pasta there it must be extra fab. Good job you two!