"It seems it's necessary to visit Venice every few years"
I can't afford to go to Venice even once, let alone every few years. Thanks, Mark, for rubbing my nose in it.
"What I ate was super: black sea bass ravioli in mussel-clam broth, beautifully hand shaped and pinched on top, like dim sum; perfect black barley risotto with mushrooms, zucca (pumpkin) purée, and a couple of first-rate grilled scampi; grilled octopus on a bed of potatoes mashed with olive oil, along with cold, slow-cooked tomato — a surprising touch that worked — and a garnish of lardo (cured fat) tangled with a wafer of black bread; zucca saor (saor is the local marinade, usually of raisins, pine nuts, oil, vinegar and onion) with thin fried slices of artichoke and soft shell crab."
I know what zucca is, and I know what lardo is. I eat a lot of food that's "super," but I'll never get to Italy, my ancestral homeland.
Your obsession with black is freaking me out:
- black sea bass ravioli
- black barley risotto with mushrooms
- a wafer of black bread
By the way, How to Cook Everything is my favorite cookbook.