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CULINARY PILGRIMAGES Dishes worth travelling for

‘It’s not the destination but the journey that counts’ – or so the saying goes. But for the highly food-motivated, it’s what’s waiting on your plate at journey’s end that is most important. Here, chefs and food writers Russell Norman, Tim Anderson and Nuno Mendes share the destinations and dishes that have inspired them most

Hungry traveller.

Traditional bàcaro (wine bar) All’Arco
The Rialto bridge leads to the colourful market;
Venice’s Grand Canal;


Russell Norman on the dishes that entice him to Italy’s most beautiful of cities – as many times as life will allow

Venice is an easy city to love. It’s breathtakingly beautiful, famously romantic, steeped in fascinating history and full of architectural gems and priceless art. It also has a unique cultural identity which, when you scratch the surface, reveals a fiercely proud population with an impressive culinary heritage.

I’ve been visiting for over 30 years, sometimes as a tourist, once as a honeymooner, most recently to research its markets, produce and home cooking for my new book. In fact, since autumn 2016 I’ve been living here, writing (and eating).

It will come as no surprise, then, to hear I have developed quite a taste for Venetian food. In fact, there are some dishes I associate so strongly with the city that a trip here gets my taste buds tingling before I have even set off.

I love the deliciously light veal meatballs at Trattoria Ca d’Oro Alla Vedova (Calle Ca’ d’Oro, Cannaregio 3912; Tel: +39 041 528 5324), always stacked high at the bar and so popular that occasionally they disappear faster than the kitchen can fry them. Then there is the delicate and tender fritto misto at Paradiso Perduto (, vying for pole position with their cacio e pepe, a masterclass in superlatively comforting cheesy pasta.

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The April issue of delicious. is here to take you on exciting taste adventures. Diana Henry recalls how her passion for French food was love at first bite, James Martin discovers cheesy meatballs in Texas and Ravinder Bhogal cooks exotic sweet and savoury recipes using caramel. Closer to home, Gill Meller puts pigeon back on the menu and Debbie Major flies the flag for the great British macaroon. Plus, Dan Doherty’s new roast chicken, easy midweek meals from your freezer and much, much more.