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

Be inspired by Venice: 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 seasons in Venice. You'll also taste Nonna Lina's family recipes!

Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes. A peek into generations-old family recipes and a digital and ongoing memoir of Venice and the Lagoon.

Laguna in Cucina is a Membership, transporting you to Venice month after month. It contains access to recipe journals, virtual tours and walks in Venice and the Lagoon, and to Nonna Lina's e-book.

  • 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

    It's like having a private Venice guide and kitchen coach: Ask any question about Venice, the Lagoon and food in our community, filled with prompts and recipes.

  • Virtual Visits

    Enjoy one virtual visit per month to a Lagoon island, and a virtual walk around Venice: Secret itineraries between the past, present and future! Come along!

  • Le Mie Ricette - Lina's Book

    On 1 October, we publish Lina's cook book of the Lagoon (140 Pages - e-book). As a member of the Culinary Club, you receive it FOR FREE! Yours to download and enjoy!

  • Culinary Library

    BONUS! As a member, you receive access all our seasonal culinary e-books: Carnival Cuisine, Spring and Easter Recipes, El Redentor and Forgotten Summer Flavors, Venetian Street Food and Summer Drinks, Thanksgiving in Venice, Christmas and New Year.

  • Hidden Venice Stories

    Every month, enjoy av virtual walk with us to discover a hidden spot in Venice and its story: Explore Venetian places, habits and customs, and the history and fun facts behind legendary Venetian dishes!

Subscribe to Laguna in Cucina

Join at EUR 4.10 per month if you choose the annual subscription. You can also join for 6 months or 3 months.

Laguna in Cucina - August 2021

Inside the Membership in the current month - Selection. Please scroll down for the details.

  • The Almanac: August in Venice starts out humid and hot, and ends on a brillant azure and deep blue note. Discover monthly flavors, colors, and market glimpses.

  • Ferragosto Menu: Four-course menu with the flavors of the sun + the story behind it

  • Ferragosto on the beach - On vacation in the Lagoon. This episode will take you to three iconic islands in August. You'll also see the largest sandy beach in the Lagoon!

  • Virtual walk: Church and campo San Lorenzo: The true story of a hidden campo with a special reputation - is it really the burial place of Marco Polo and his family?

  • Virtual visit to Sacca Sessola: Also called isola delle rose, it's famous for its special climate, and as home to the largest olive grove in the Lagoon.

  • Bellini French toast and white peach jam from the northern Lagoon: White peaches growing on the Cavallino peninsula, just north of Venice, also used to make the famous Bellini. Story + Recipe.

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 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: How your Membership works

    2. Welcome Audio

    3. Get the Laguna in Cucina Emails

    4. The Syllabus August 2020 - July 2022

    5. Community creation and guidelines

    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: November in Venice

    2. Autumn vibes at Serra dei Giardini

    3. All Saints Day + le favette (historical recipe)

    4. The mapmaker of San Michele: Virtual visit

    5. Campo dei Gesuiti and its little known neighborhood

    6. San Martin in Venice + typical menu

    7. The secret gardens of Ca' Morosini del Giardín

    8. Making myrtle liquor and myrtle saffron cake

    9. La Festa della Salute: Thanksgiving in Venice

    10. Thanksgiving menu from Al Giardinetto da Severino

    11. Zuppa inglese, Venetian style

    12. Mele caramellate: Venetian candy apples

    13. Historical recipes for Thanksgiving: Torta bianca reale and crema rosada

    14. La Festa della Salute: Historical Background

    15. Educational series: How Venice coped with pandemics / 2

    16. Festa della Salute 2020 in Venice: Video

    1. The Almanac: October in Venice

    2. Welcoming October with coffee, Venetian style

    3. Story of the month: Venice and the battle of Lepanto

    4. Vendemmia in Laguna - Wine harvest in the Lagoon

    5. La vigna di Sant' Elena: Wine harvest in Venice, tasting sugolo pudding

    6. Le giuggiole in cucina: Jujubes and other forgotten autumn fruit

    7. Making Castagnaccio cake - the story of chestnuts in the Lagoon

    8. Virtual visit to a Lagoon island: San Francesco del Deserto

    9. Miele di barena - Honey from the Venetian Marshlands

    10. Sant'Aponal and San Mattia: The story of the spice masters in Venice

    11. Venetian spicy squash soup with saór

    12. Pan di pistacchio: The Doge's pistachio cake

    1. The Almanac - September in Venice

    2. Seasonal feasts: The unknown story of La Regata Storica and its menu

    3. Story of the month + recipe: I lunedì al Lido

    4. Pomodori Nasone: Virtual visit to the Cavallino Peninsula + tasting tomatoes

    5. Baked beans alla veneziana

    6. Harvesting uva fragola in Venice + recipe ideas

    7. Discovering Venetian liquors: Ratafià and Rosolio

    8. Autumn equinox in Nonna Lina's garden in Venice

    9. Fiordaliso & autumn quinox: Creating fabulous dishes with cornflowers

    10. A leafy berceaux walk in Venice & Sestiere di San Polo

    11. Visit to Poveglia - transcript

    12. Virtual visit: Poveglia

    13. September in Venice: Recipe Box

    14. September in Venice: Read or download the recipes

About this course

  • €54,00 / year
  • 130 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 delicous, 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 virtual Venice escape, 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 EUR 50. 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 local support initatives

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.

Become a member

LAGUNA IN CUCINA: A Food Memoir of Venice and the Lagoon. When you sign up, you receive immediate access to everything we covered up to now since August 2020: Weekly content + culinary library + private community + bimonthly newsletter. New content is added every Tuesday.