The Fabulous Food and Wine of the Veneto, Italy

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I was fortunate to be the guest of the winemakers and chefs at the Villa Quaranta in the Veneto. Hear the classical concert played on bottles and glasses, the wines and cucina of this fabled part of Italy.

Driving through Verona

A fascinating journey can be made driving through the narrow, winding streets of Verona and onto the busy auto strada. Past AGIP gas stations and tessellated pylons contrasting with the verdant countryside and the endless rows of vines upon which tiny grape buds soon would appear.

Almond and cherry trees with pale green leaves beginning to decorate their elongated arms, and ancient farmhouses painted in faded pinks and umbers seemed not to have changed since Romeo and Juliet pranced in the sun stroked fields. In the distance smoky purple hills, unperturbed by the comings and goings of travelers and my group of voluble giornalisti, watched over peaceful vistas, till we arrived at the Villa Quaranta.

Villa Quaranta

Set in sculptured gardens, this lovely Villa became a wonderful setting for a very special dinner orchestrated by the chefs of five restaurants from the surrounding areas of Venice, Treviso, Padua, Verona and Vicenza, together with many wine producers of the Veneto.

Before the grand scale dinner began, a classical concert was performed by members of the New Italian Percussion Group. A most unusual concert using bottles as instruments: long, tall and thin bottles; fat, round and bulbous bottles; bottles made from green, blue and plain glass and goblets of red and white wine on multi-level shelves producing varied musical tones, all blending into a cacophony of glorious sound.

Incredible Cucina alla Italiana

With the incredible music of Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven ringing in our ears and such music is an organic healer for the physical body and senses, we descended the staircase to be greeted with glasses of Prosecco di Valdabbiadena Spumante D.O.C. a dry and sparkling wine. Waiters brought large platters of appetizers, lightly fried and aromatically herbed shrimp, scampi and calamari caught early that morning in the Adriatic Sea.
Upon being seated, we were entertained with course after course of cuisine typical of the Veneto. All organically farmed. Fresh white asparagus from the town of Bassano; a peppery arugala salad topped with Capesante porcini; the famous tortellini of Valeggio in a fragrant buttery sage sauce and pepper-crusted breast of quail.
Vintage wines
were served.
A well-balanced, fruity Pinot Grigio Piane and a Colli Berici Tocai with deep hints of raspberries and strawberries. A Lison Pramaggiore Cabernet Franc and a Montello Merlot complemented the sublime cuisine. The dinner ended with a rich pear crème caramel laced with raspberry puree, and a sparkling Moscato dei Colli Euganei.
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The Richness of the Veneto

The Veneto is rich in history with lots of little towns and hamlets where organic wine and grape production goes on. Cucina casalingha that is cooking of the home abounds and wine from local estates is readily available. (see my article on cucina alto-borghese v cucina povera) Paying a visit to this incredible part of the world can only garner for you the delights of cucina, vini and the beautiful countryside so specially and memorably Italian

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I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th May 2012 (#)

What marvelous journeys you take us on, cnwriter. Thank you.

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author avatar shallimarRose
14th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Carolan... I have family in Italy I would love to go meet them one day.. nice article and pics.. xo

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author avatar Buzz
14th May 2012 (#)

Ditto Steve's comment. Beautiful, dear!

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author avatar Don Rothra
14th May 2012 (#)

Beautiful. Nice work

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th May 2012 (#)

Lovely and detailed descrpition of the good times you had with pictures true to life. Thanks for the share, cnw - siva

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author avatar Christine Crowley
14th May 2012 (#)

Take me with you, next time, please! It looks so wonderful.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
15th May 2012 (#)

Wonderful as ever PP. Thank you for sharing the nice traveling story.

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author avatar mistyleaf
15th May 2012 (#)

Nice Article. It makes me feel like going there. Very beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
15th May 2012 (#)

"Been there, done that", but only through your writing. No, I have never been to Italy but this page inspires me to go! Great commentary along with beautiful pictures. Thank you, cnwriter.

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author avatar vpaulose
15th May 2012 (#)

I am really hungry, CN.

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author avatar Poetic2984
15th May 2012 (#)

very well done. Beautiful pirtures. Good promo for the tourist industry there

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
16th May 2012 (#)

A very beautiful post. The pictures are excellent.

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author avatar Retired
17th May 2012 (#)

this is enchanting dear

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th May 2012 (#)

Surely this is "a slice of heaven".... beautifully scribe by your artist pen you paint with words the most beautiful places ....thank you cn....

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author avatar vpaulose
19th May 2012 (#)

Nice post. Thank you very much dear CN.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
19th May 2012 (#)

thank you too all of you for reading and commenting...blessings...

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author avatar Rose*
8th Dec 2013 (#)

That picture of Italian food has my mouth salivating!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Dec 2013 (#)

it was a wonderful spread!

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