Biscotti and Gelato in Venice

March 20, 2012 Katja Presnal

Greetings from Venice! Our (culinary) adventure in Europe continues, we arrived in Venice, Italy, a few days ago.

I am in love with Venice, and while it’s not the culinary Mecca of Italy, the food can be glorious. What I love the most about Italian food is the simplicity. I had the best pizza in my life yesterday, and it simply had apples and Gorgonzola cheese as toppings. No added herbs or tomato sauce, just the rustic pizza with apples and blue cheese. And what annoys me the most is when people try to cook Italian food and they think simple can’t be good and start adding little bit of this and little bit of that in the recipes – instead of letting perfectly pairing ingredients like apples and blue cheese to form a culinary delight. I got off the topic here.. What I meant to say – even as simple as biscotti and gelato, the cookies and ice cream are simply amazing.

Every street corner has a small gelateria, an ice cream shop, offering several different flavors of creamy ice cream or refreshing sorbets. Most gelaterias offer gelatos in these traditional flavors: vanilla, chocolate, cream custard (or milk) and various nuts like hazelnut and pistachio, and fruits and berry flavors like lemon, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, peach, banana and pine apple and flavors from Italian desserts and drinks, like tiramisu, zabajone, stracciatella.. The list really goes on and on, and my daughter said there is even a gelateria where you can find over 50 different gelato flavors – but we are not visiting there – like we need more choices here!

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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