The Da Fiore Cookbook by Damiano Martin
Recipes from Venice's Best Restaurant

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The Wine Spectator calls the family-owned da Fiore the best restaurant in Venice. The New York Times praises chef Mara Martin and her husband, Maurizio, as "the city's most respected restaurateurs," known internationally for their food, regional wine list, and hospitality.In his appreciation, Victor Hazan writes, "Marcella and I raise our glasses to what you have achieved and to what, since you are both so amazingly young still, you may yet accomplish." Now, in The da Fiore Cookbook, their son, Damiano Martin, pays tribute to his parents' vision,sharing their recipes and their passion for Venice.

Da Fiore is renown for its seasonal menus that follow the ebb and flow of the Venetian lagoon and the Aegean and Mediterranean seas along with the orchards and farms of the surrounding Veneto. When the lagoon closes for a few weeks twice a year to allow the fish population to replenish itself, the restaurant takes a rest as well, upholding its high standards of serving local fresh food.

In autumn, da Fiore's visitors are treated to dishes such as Fried Soft-Shell Crabs on Arugula and Orange Salad and hearty Porcini Mushroom and Onion Soup. When scallops are at their richest and meatiest during the winter months, Mara combines them with the natural sweetness of broccoli in Pennette with Sea Scallops and Broccoli Florets. Spring heralds in a host of vegetables, inspiring dishes such as Fusilli with Squid and Peas and Asparagus and Parmigiano Custard.

And in the summer months, Mara serves signature dishes such asRed Mullet Stars with Fresh Figs and Mint and the simple, yet elegantRolled Fillet of Sole with Zucchini. Desserts, too, are seasonal,ranging from the wintry Chestnut Mousse with Persimmon Sauce to a bowl of chilled Fruit Soup, a refreshing summertime treat, and the traditional Sweet Carnival Fritters enjoyed in early spring. There are suggested American substitutions for traditional Venetian ingredientsin all the recipes.

Accompany the Martin family as they throw open wide the doors to the magical city of Venice. Stroll through the markets of Venice with Mara as she shops for the freshest ingredients. Discover the city's rich culinary history and traditions through Damiano's delightful narrative. Explore the outstanding wines of the Veneto with Maurizio's wine-pairing suggestions.

Whether you've been to Venice or intend to travel there some day, The da Fiore Cookbook brings the unique spirit of Venice's Osteria da Fiore to your own kitchen.

 

About Damiano Martin

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Published November 1, 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers. 272 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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Naturally heavy on fish—Martin is particularly fond of the popular Venetian fish red mullet as well as sea bass, shrimp and clams—the book offers an array of antipasti, primi piatti, zuppe and secondi piatti that should please chefs with a propensity for Italian fish dishes.

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