Food Journals

What I ate in ITALY – Noshing in Venice, Milan and Verona

DELIZIOSO! While in Italy, I had a quick taste-test of the food offered in the Northern cities of Venice, Milan and Verona. I understand there is more to true Italian food than what I ate and have listed. That is why I am looking forward to more noshing throughout the whole country of Italy- just waiting for my revisit!

As for now here is my ‘Taste Test’- From pasta to gelato,”What I ate in ITALY – Noshing in Venice, Milan and Verona’


CARBS at Harry’s Bar in Venice

Historical restaurants are always on my hot list when I choose dining experiences while traveling. Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy is about 90 years old, opening in 1931. It is the home of the first Peach Bellini, which I tried, and a favorite haunt for the A-Listers of years back. Several of my favorites such as Hemmingway, Peggy Guggenheim, Gary Cooper, Frank Lloyd Wright and Katherine Hepburn had visited Harry’s- time and time again.

When I visited Harry’s Bar, I was eating solo and had an incredible experience!  I dined on Saffron Tagliatelle with ham, lots of bread and the original Peach Bellini.

To read my FIVE START Yelp Review and restaurant informationRead Trixie N.‘s review of Harry’s Bar on Yelp

For restaurant information please visit Harry’s Bar website


Chocolate Torte

After my full lunch with the original Peach Bellini, my wonderful server offered me a slice of delicious chocolate torte on the house. How amazing and hospitable is this place? Love you, Harry’s Bar. ❤

Harry’s Bar was a perfect dining experience in Venice -from head to toe!

To read my FIVE START Yelp Review and restaurant informationRead Trixie N.‘s review of Harry’s Bar on Yelp

For restaurant information please visit Harry’s Bar website


Gelato at Gelati Nico

Gelato Nico is the the oldest gelateria in Venice! Nico is considered as one of the best gelatos in Venice and I did enjoy my scoops of pistachio and melon. I especially loved the melon- I’m a big fan!

Pistachio and Melon – Gelati Nico

For more information on hours and location, please visit their Facebook Page – Gelateria Nico a Venezia


The Original Peach Bellini

As I mentioned in my above posts of Harry’s Bar, the beloved Peach Bellini originated at this lovely old restaurant in Venice, Italy. There are debates if it is the best but there is no debate that this is where it all started.

If you come to Venice, I recommend that you visit the historical Harry’s Bar even if it is to sit with a Peach Bellini.

To read my FIVE START Yelp Review and restaurant informationRead Trixie N.‘s review of Harry’s Bar on Yelp

For restaurant information please visit Harry’s Bar website


Dinners in Our Venice Flat

We decided to rent a flat in the middle of Venice and it was such a great idea.  My daughter loved the space, including the kitchen. The advantage of renting a flat in cities like Venice or Paris is that you can cook meals with local ingredients. We shopped at a local grocery store then she used her cooking skills to create a couple of delicious meals.

Benefits of having a kitchen- cooking with local ingredients. My daughter prepared spaghetti and meat Sauce with local parmesan cheese, plus fresh baked bread from a local bakery. Another delicious meal she put together was tortellini and pesto sauce and bruschetta with local produce.


Chocolate, Pistachio and Pine Nut Cookie

These beautiful cracked light green cookies became my obsession while in Venice. They were absolutely divine. I loved everything about them from the pine nuts, pistachio and melty chocolate inside.


‘Obsession. You’re my obsession.’


Mushroom Tortellini Alfredo with Ham

Pasta and more pasta! There is nothing like eating freshly made pasta in Italy, it is everywhere. This was another of my favorites from a restaurant that was a couple of streets from our flat in Venice.


These house made tortellini filled with mushroom and cheese were tender and savory. The Alfredo sauce was creamy and fresh and I enjoyed the little bits of ham, as it did not overpower the dish. DELIZIOSO!  Additionally, the presentation on the glass plate was beautiful. It gave the creamy pasta an appearance of floating above the table.


Chinese Food in Verona

If you know how I eat, you know that I like to throw some type of Asian food in my travels. I think it is the combination of wanting to eat something different and a curiosity of another country’s interpretation of Asian food.

Ham Fried Rice and Chicken with Nuts

While in Verona we came across a Chinese restaurant along a small street. It was a ‘Let’s do it’ moment. I was also curious on how Chinese food interprets in Italy. It was just okay. I think it could have used more flavor but I suppose that was what the sauces and spices on the table were for. I am still curious other Asian restaurants are in Italy though. I won’t judge it as a whole from this one experience.


Pizza with Hotdogs(?)


Things that happen when you eat fast food from a train station in Verona, Italy!

  • Daughter: “Are those hot dogs on your pizza?”
  • Me: “No, it said sausage pizza”
  • Daughter: “I think those ARE hot dogs!”
  • Me: <Takes bite> “I think these are hot dogs”

No lies though, this hot dog- sausage slice was not too bad.


Seafood Paella in Milan

Although Paella is a Spanish dish, you can find it in many countries throughout Europe. This paella I had for lunch was from a cafeteria style restaurant close to the Central Station. It was pretty good for what it was, where we ate it and the price we paid.


Truthfully, this rice dish was not that bad due to the generous amount of seafood they gave me. The flavors were good although I have tried better paella in my lifetime.


Sandwich and Fries – A Memory Trigger


This is one of those meals that is very common in any country. So common that we do not take photos of it. As a traveler and memory documenter for decades, photos like this are quite important for me. Common photos like this become a trigger of where I was and who I was with. 

I recalled eating this sandwich in a typical restaurant in Milan that was quite nice and trendy looking. I was with my daughter who was 18 at the time and she had just finished getting over a 24 hour fever. She stayed in the hotel room while I wandered the city. I brought her a pizza (see next photo) and when she felt better we went for a quick bite. That quick bite was this sandwich and fries for me, not sure what she ate but I remember what lead to it.  Sometimes travel is not all rainbows and unicorns but it is still part of the journey! *Note to self: Keep taking food photos of common food


Pizza To-Go but That Box!

I believe the pizza inside was a Margarita and ‘I think’ it was good but I was more fascinated by the box! I brought the pizza back to my daughter who was in our Milan hotel room and recovering from a 24 hour fever. We both fell in love with the Ariel like mermaid accepting a gift of a pizza from an Italian suitor!


Honestly, I wanted to take this box home or at least the top of it. As you can see there is a tomato sauce spot on the other side so that was a no go for me. We were still traveling and did not want a luggage smelling like pizza. Then again, I could have wiped it off with soap and water, dried it and wrapped in plastic. Oh well, at least I have a picture.


Fierce Competition

Well first of all, I would not eat food at a Tobacco Shop in Milan, Italy but thank you for the warning! I found this sign quite funny because I wondered what prompted the owners of this restaurant to inform the public of their neighbors microwavable food.

Ruthless competition

BTW… I think this is where I had that sandwich from a couple posts prior!


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