Thursday, June 15, 2006

A picnic lunch!















We so enjoyed this lunch in a square near the Rialto Bridge. I bought fresh local apricots from a street vendor, and from a local gastronomia (could be described as a gourment shop or deli featuring local cuisine for takeout) I got something I'd been hoping to try: baccala mancatta. It's a Venetian specialty of baccala (dried salted cod) mashed and whipped with olive oil and cream so that it's a puree spread on bread. Bob got gnocchi with shrimp, and marinated artchokes. We bought bread from the panificio, and had prosecco wine from the bar in the square. What could be better!

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