If you happen to be in Italy this year, try and visit the Venice Art Biennale. The city is buzzing, the aperol is flowing, the art is overflowing and spaghetti alla vongole is everywhere. It is impossible to see it all – it’s a bit like going to disneyland and being told that you have two hours to see everything!
Here is a little snapshot tour of our trip to the Biennale for the opening week in early June. At the bottom, I have listed our art and restaurant highlights.
Giardini: We didn’t get to them all but my favourites are Australia, Israel, Russia, Finland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Arsenale: Again, we only saw a handful. The Bahamas pavillion (Tavares Strachan) is a really wonderful exhibition and China’s Wang Qingsong’s photographs are great.
My Food Highlights:
Harry’s Bar – make sure you book ahead; must have a bellini (or 3) and the amatriciana
Harry’s Dolci (On the Giudecca side of the lagoon) – bellini and the linguini with tomato and basil
Da Ivo – traditional small Venetian restaurant alongside a canal; aperol spritz and spaghetti alla vongole
Trattoria Altanella (Giudecca) – set right on the canal, simple restaurant with lovely food. Aperol spritz and spaghetti alla vongole.
Lisa embraces the part of Jewish culture which embodies the saying ‘it’s always about the food’. She is a fresser with an unbridled passion for eating, cooking and nurturing those around her with food. Her legal background has given her a great foundation to help guide – and work side by side with – this truly amazing bunch of kind, funny and enlightening women to produce and publish four extraordinary cookbooks. She feels incredibly grateful to have had (and still has) the opportunity – since 2006 – to spend so much of her time dedicated to, and fully immersed in, such a delicious, inspiring and worthwhile project.