In addition to the recipe, the product itself is very typical, since it is produced in the island of Sant’Erasmo. You can see it at the groceries in Venice, floating in tanks with water and lemon.
A low-fat cheese produced on the slopes of Asiago. Only a dozen of dairies make aged Asiago (a thousand cheeses in total each year). It is made from June to September, and must age for at least 18 months. It is a Slow Food Praesidia.
Squids lay the eggs in the lagoon and once they hatch teh baby squids find their way to the open sea. They are cought one by one with a litlle bait. Its a real delicacy. Season: August.
The local white corn variety was Biancoperla, which has tapering, elongated cobs with large, bright, pearly-white kernels. The corn is picked from August to September but the cornmeal can be found year-round. Slow Food Presidia.
Broccoli from Creazzo
It grows on the slopes near Vicenza. The soil is calcareus and gives perfect nutrition to the plant. This plant has shoots around teh stem, the best part to eat. Seasonality: winter.
Chicken from Padua
An elegant breed, with long feathers around the head and under the beak. It is a Slow Food Praesidia.
Birds take a rest in our lagoon before migrating towards milder lands. There are ducks (Masorin), wigeons (ciossi), Teals (salsegne), Folates. The game season opens in September, until January.
It is a yellow round bean. It is very tender and has a really thin skean. This bean is still cultivated without the help of machinery. Gialèt beans are picked in early September, but they are available dried year-round. Slow Food praesidia.
Green beans meraviglia di Venezia
It is a light yellow green bean, in nieche production. You can only find it in our area, from a few selected growers. Season: from May to October.
Wild herb that can grow 5 or 6 meters per year. The top of the stem is the edible part and can be picked only during spring. It has a delicate flavour, perfect for risotto.
It is a strong tree that comes from Central Asia. It was introduced in Venice by the merchants coming from Asia, and it has spread spontaneously in the islands of the lagoon. It produces small fruits with a flavour that reminds apples and chestnuts. Season: September.
It’s a small fish that lives only in the lagoon. They weave the long seaweeds to buil a little den where they lay the eggs. At Local we prepare Risotto with gò following an ancient Venetian recipe.
Lamb from Alpago
Medium-small, thick-fleeced sheep breed, whose lower legs and hornless head are covered in unusual dark blotches. Raised in wild or semi-wild conditions, for their excellent meat, which is soft and perfectly balanced. The season is from December to April. It is a Slow Food Presidia.
Produced on the slopes of Monte Grappa with Burlina cow’s milk, an endangered native breed. It is a soft, salty cheese, in season from June to September, when the cows are grazing. It is a Slow Food Praesidia.
Radicchio from Treviso
It has long and thin leaves; they are white in the center and deep red towards the edges. The taste is delicately bitter. Season: from November to February.
Rice from Grumolo delle Abbadesse
Grumolo Vialone Nano rice has medium-small grains, and thanks to the characteristics of the soil and water, the quality is excellent. This type of rice absorbs very well the flavours and it is perfect for making risotto.
Sant’Erasmo Violet Artichoke
Incredibly flavorful, they grow in the clayey, well-drained and salty soil of the island of Sant’Erasmo. The first apical buds -“castraure”, are a real delicacy (available only for 10 days). Season: from the end of April until early June. Slow Food Praesidia.
Schie (Small grey shrimps)
Its a very tiny grey crostaceus similar to a shrimp. Once they were considered as a “poor” ingredient, but today is a real delicacy from the lagoon. Season: November – December.
Silver Grey Mullet
It is a fish similar to mullet. The colour is dark silver, with a golden spot near the eyes. Its lenght reaches 20 - 30 cm and the seasonality goes from August to September.
The green crabs during spring (April and May) and Autumn (November) molt their old exoskeleton and are soft. Soft-shells are removed from the water as soon as they molt to prevent any hardening of their shell.
Thicklip Grey Mullet
It is a fish similar to mullet. Its mouth has a big upper lip and. It takes two years to weigh 0,450gr.
This vegetable’s shape is similar to celery, but it it comes from the artichokes plants. The edible part is the stem which tastes similar to artichokes but has a pleasant bitter note. Season: winter.
White Venetian Peach
After the big flood in 1966 its production has decreased badly and now you can only pick it from some trees in the islands of the lagoon, or buy it from a few local suppliers. It is perfect for Bellini. Season: July.
This green asparagus grows in the area of Cavallino. It grows quite early and has a delicate bitter taste, typical of wild vegetables. The seasonality goes from March to May.
Yellow plum from Lio Piccolo (“succhetta”)
Imported from South-Eastern Europe and Asia, it was appreciated already at the times of Serenissima. After the big flood in 1966 its production has decreased badly. Today the majority of the production comes from private family plants. Season: July - August.