It was a hot day in August when I decided to visit the fish market in Venice, to start the day the right way: with the flavours of the sea and the voices of the buyers and sellers in this beautiful city. One of the best things in a market in the Mediterranean is that people make a show of it. It is true street theater. And every day it is played with variations.
And being in Venice, names have artistic meaning. Like our Bronzino, who painted the beautiful Allegory with Venus and Cupid (National Gallery, London) and is not only a tasty fish!
I absolutely love octopus! And always check its price. Here we have the freshest octopus for a price that is almost half of I would have paid in my home town, Athens, for an almost definitely an inferior product.
The little octopi are unbelievably tasty! And they need no cleaning aprt from removing the sacket with the ink! They must be boiled intact and served with olive oil, coarse sea salt and a bit of lemon. This is a ticket to heaven.
I lke fresh prawn and shrimp raw, without any cooking! And the best test before you buy them is have one for test.