A food memoir of the Lagoon, filled with seasonal recipes and glimpses of the past and present.

Inspiration from Venice for you, month after month: Discover stories, ancedotes, recipes, glimpses of daily life and portraits of people and places: A home base for you to return regularly and enjoy the culinary year in Venice. You'll also taste Nonna Lina's family recipes!

Classic, Disappearing, and Forgotten Dishes and their Stories: A peek into generations-old family recipes and a digital and ongoing memoir of Venice and the Lagoon.

  • 12 months in Venice

    Learn to cook gourmet menus as the seasons come and go in the Lagoon. Watch our virtual cooking classes and surprise your family with a Venetian menu!

  • The Community

    A totally new Community from May 2022, called Alchemia Venexiana. It's like having a private Venice guide and kitchen coach: Ask any question about Venice, the Lagoon and food and enjoy a monthly Master Class!

  • Virtual Visits

    Enjoy virtual visits to Lagoon islands, and virtual walks with a culinary background around Venice: Secret itineraries between the past, present and future! Come along!

  • Le Mie Ricette - Lina's Book

    We'lll soon publish Lina's culinary Lagoon book LA CUCINA DEL CUORE! As a member of the Culinary Club, you receive the e-book FOR FREE! Yours to download and enjoy!

  • Culinary Library

    BONUS! As member, you receive access to seasonal recipes: Carnival, spring and Easter recipes, El Redentor and forgotten summer flavors, Venetian street food, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.

  • Master Classes

    Discover the secrets of contemporary and historical Lagoon cuisine, and listen to stories of how recipes were uncovered, and tested in a secret garden atelier in the heart of Venice.

Laguna in Cucina - Spring 2022

What's inside the Membership? Here are a few examples of episodes. Currently, more than 152 episodes are waiting for you!

  • Island discoveries: We'll learn about the secret story of the island Mazzorbetto, and the wild asparagus and spring Lagoon herbs harvested here. Plus, recipes!

  • Virtual visit to a Lagoon island: Discover the pictoresque Burano, whose gardens are filled with colorful lilies and Judas tree blossoms.

  • Venetian rose elixirs: The story of rosolio and other spring blossom drinks, and flower tonics from the Lagoon.

  • Il Giardino dei Semplici: Discover grappa alla melissa and a hidden garden in Cannaregio.

  • The Nortwest Passage: Discover the unknown north-western part of the Lagoon, and the story of forgotten monasteries and their healing recipes.

I’m a Geographer, I’m passionate about maps, rivers, mountains. For me the Venetian Lagoon is a huge, magical environment, inspiration to Hemingway. A delicate ecological balance between ocean and river, between human intervention and natural processes. Without the lagoon Venice could not have become the supreme maritime nation of the Eastern Mediterranean. An independent republic for 1000 years. Amazing and brilliant work of presenting this incredible city – many, many thanks! - Janet Simmonds

What's inside Laguna in Cucina

Listen to and read Venetian stories, come along on virtual visits around Venice and the markets, learn to cook easy seasonal menus, and explore the Lagoon islands in our videos tours. New content drops weekly (every Tuesday).

    1. Benvenuti - Welcome!

    2. New in May 2022

    3. What's new in spring 2022

    4. Welcome Audio: Short tour of Laguna in Cucina

    5. Get the Laguna in Cucina Emails

    6. Program and Calendar of Content

    7. Alchemia Venexiana: Access the Community

    1. The six secrets of the Lagoon

    2. The Lagoon Compass: The Essentials about Venice and the Lagoon

    3. 20 food trends for the 2020s in the Lagoon and in Venice

    4. Index - Quick Links

    1. How to use the culinary library

    2. 1- Summer drinks and street food from Venice

    3. 2- El Redentor - Forgotten Summer Flavors

    4. 3- Le Mie Ricette - Nonna Lina's favorite recipes

    5. 4 - Festa della Salute: Thanksgiving in Venice

    6. 5- The Venetian Christmas Bakery

    7. 6- Carnival flavors from Venice

    1. The Almanac: May in Venice

    2. A live walk in the Lagoon: Burano and Mazzorbo

    3. Secret Burano: Visiting the most colorful spot in the Lagoon

    4. Festa della Sensa - Ascension Day in Venice

    5. Atlantis in Laguna: Impressions along the Voga Longa route

    6. Ciorba dalmatina - the forgotten specialty of La Festa della Sensa

    7. Tasting bruscandoli /1: A visit to the floating market

    8. Orata al sale - Fish in salt crust, northern Lagoon style

    9. Strawberries and cherries from the Lagoon

    10. Foraging in the Lagoon: Five favorite spring herbs

    11. Fiori di sambuco fritti: Fried elderflower blossoms

    12. Pan Dolse ae Rose - Venetian Rose-flavored sweet bread

    13. Nonna Lina's rose petal syrup

    1. The Almanach: April in Venice

    2. The authentic Venetian Easter Menu

    3. What is Cucina Povera?

    4. Venetian spring focaccia

    5. Virtual tour: The Venetian wisteria walk

    6. Risóto del Doge - Luxurious garden pea risotto

    7. Risóto de la vigna - Vineyard risotto from the island Sant'Erasmo

    8. Cooking with fresh sprouts and spring leaves: Vine leaves

    1. The Almanac: March in Venice

    2. Mimosa blossom sponge cake

    3. Mimosa gardens in Venice

    4. A tavola con le primizie: Artichokes from the Lagoon

    5. Zeppole di San Giuseppe: Sweet treats for Father's Day in Venice

About this course

  • €68,00
  • 158 lessons
  • 12 Virtual visits
  • Venice Gourmet E-Book Library
  • Travel planning tips

Is this Membership for me?

YES, if one or more of these topics sound interesting to you!

  • You would like to travel virtually to the Lagoon, discover unknown islands (there are more than 4000, amongst them marshlands and 78 larger ones, almost never mentioned in guide books). And, you want to visit Venice virtually and access the online experiences any time, when YOU have time, on any device (computer, laptop, mobile phone).

  • You want to collect resources to plan your next culinary trip to Venice and the Lagoon. And you want to taste delicious, organic, home-made Venetian food when you are in Venice, while supporting Venetian family businesses.

  • You want to dive into a lush Venetian experience, with the possibility to ask questions in a private group (NOT on Facebook but hosted here on the Platform). Every week, you receive prompts, news, recipes from Venice, and can ask any question about Venice and food you have.

  • You want to support Venetian associations that make life better in Venice: In 2020, a portion of proceeds goes to Dingo, a Venetian association taking care of homeless cats.

Your hosts

Lina and Iris

Lina Teresa

Associazione Cavalieri di San Marco, founder of three restaurants in Venice. Co-Founder of La Venessiana

Lina is a member of the Cavalieri di San Marco Association, founded by former noble families of the Serenissima Republic of Venice in 1571, when Venice fought the all-decisive battle of Lepanto. She is 98 years old, and opened three restaurants and a hotel near Piazza San Marco. Lina is deeply interested in Venetian cuisine and garden heritage. Since 1968, she has taken care of the library and terraced gardens of San Zaccaria monastery in Venice. Lina's kitchen is the home of our spice atelier! For our online experiences, Lina provides the most wonderful inspiration, memories of the past, wisdom for the future, and very special stories about Venice.

Iris Loredana

Sustainability expert, Venetian culinary historian, spices and aromatherapy. Co-Founder of La Venessiana Magazine.

Iris was educated in Venice and Vienna: She speaks seven languages, amongst them Greek, Latin and Venessian, the former languages of Venice. Iris wrote her thesis on the ecology and urbanization of the Lagoon of Venice, and business in times of unprecedented change with a focus on Europe and the Veneto. Together with Lina, she started La Venessiana - The fragrant world of Venice in 2011. In her spare time, Iris loves developing recipes, taking photos, and researching ancient books on spices and on Venice.

How Laguna in Cucina Works

A membership and culinary club, born during the COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, is now coming to life. We started in August 2020 and add content every week.

  • New stories and recipes every Tuesday

    After checkout, you will be taken immediately to the Membership site. You have access for as long a period as you selected. Renewals will be automatical so you won't miss a month about Venice. Of course, new subscriptions can be canceled any time. You have access to all stories, recipes and e-books for as long as you are a member.

  • How much is the LAGUNA IN CUCINA Membership?

    A one-year membership is currently EUR 54. A six-month membership is EUR 29.80, and the 3-month membership costs EUR 19.80.

  • Bonuses for you: EUR 320 value

    Access the seven e-books in our series "Le Feste a Venezia" for free. This also includes access the new ebook "Le Mie Ricette", Lina's recipes (available in October 2020). In addition, you receive 2-3 emails per month with additional content.

Giving back to the local Community

We donate a portion of proceeds from our online classes to renowned, experienced and reliable organizations: DINGO and ENPA Venezia, Venetian non-profit associations taking care of homeless cats in Venice and the Lagoon.