Visiting Venice is an incredible adventure! Architecturally, it is one of the most sumptuous cities in the world. Its Jewish history goes back to the tenth century, when Jewish traders first came to Venice to engage in commerce. By the 1500s, Venice had the world's first ghetto, in which Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and German Jews coexisted. The community practically disappeared after World War II. Currently, only about 500 Jews live in Venice. It is possible to sample some Jewish Italian specialties in Venice's only kosher restaurant, which is run by the CHABAD in the Ghetto Nuovo. In order to really savor Venetian Jewish specialties, I turned to Alessandra Rovati, one of the few Jews who is originally from Venice. She shares her family's Venetian Jewish recipes on her Dinner in Venice website.
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