Prettaly – Pretty Italy


December 2015

Harry’s Bar – Where the «Bellini» was invented


Yes, it’s what the legend says. Bellini was invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice sometime in the 30ies/40ies by Giuseppe Cipriani. Bellini is a cocktail which is made of Prosecco or Champagne, mixed with white peach purée. The unique rosé color of the drink apparently reminded Giuseppe of the toga of a saint in a painting by the Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini, so he named the cocktail after him. Usually bar tenders prepare the drink in champagne glasses, but Harry’s bar serves their signature drink in small water glasses! The place is packed with lots of Italians and tourists and is just an “it place”, since it was opened in 1931. A definite must incl. sipping a Bellini, when you are in Venice…



Trattoria alla Madonna – restaurant in Venice


And here goes my second wine & dine feature for Venice: Trattoria alla Madonna. Or seafood, seafood and more seafood! The restaurant is family owned and was opened in 1954 by Fulvio Rado. The last 35 years his son has been managing the place. The whole scenery is special here, lots and lots of waiters in white jackets and bow ties are busy running around and serving the guests! The walls are decorated with contemporary art from Italian artists. The trattoria offers a huge variety of seafood dishes and the must-have is the «Granseola», a traditional spider crab, served cooked with lemon and olive oil! The sea fruit risotto is also very delicious! Finish off your lunch with a tasty tiramisu! Yummy yum yum!!

Naranzaria – wine bar in Venice


Unlike the usual tourists that visit Venice in Spring or Summer, we flew to this beautiful city end of November for a long weekend. Venice is just picturesque, with the Grand Canal, the incredible palazzi along the water, all the small bridges through the town and beautiful churches and market squares. Venice really has a magic touch to it!
Next to all the great places to visit and admire, you can also drink and eat your way around Venice, so I will be featuring a few tips and ideas here!
The first cool place is «Naranzaria»: A cute little wine bar just around the corner from the famous Rialto bridge, with a terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Perfect for a drink (or two…) and traditional snack, which you can choose from the glass display inside the bar. Enjoy the view and wave to the gondolas passing by…

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