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From a romantic dinner with a loved one that you want to get ‘just right’ to a lavish corporate banquet that lasts well into the night…

Whether planning a special celebration with friends or simply a long overdue and well-earned rest away from the heat of the kitchen, maybe a garden cocktail party for colleagues, or some good honest Venetian home-style cooking to be enjoyed by all your family, we can make it happen with our chosen team of chefs!

One of the greatest joys of staying in a Venice apartment is to dine at home ‘a casa’ with your family, friends and guests. So sit back, relax and leave arrangements to your chef.

Let our chef surprise you with a delicious seasonal hamper for a picnic on the beach, or some chilled prosecco and canapés for a moonlight gondola ride along hidden canals, with only the splash of the oar and the popping of a cork to break the silence – heavenly!

And you don’t have to stop there, tempt and satisfy your palate with

  • An informal brunch for friends in the garden or on the terrace
  • A gourmet dinner under the stars on an ‘altana’ rooftop terrace
  • Cocktails against a background of live classical music and song
  • Even learn the secrets of risotto and more…!

The only limit is your imagination!

Our family includes several passionate cooks, for whom the food we eat, how we source it, and how we prepare it, are of great importance. So part of our family’s Venice experience had to include a “Cook’s Tour”. We were so VERY fortunate that Views on Venice introduced us to Marta and Beatrice! These two delightful and talented ladies provided us with a very rare insight into how to buy, prepare, and enjoy the very best Venice has to offer. Our appointed December morning began with an “Acqua Alta” flood at 145cm, but that did not deter Marta and Beatrice when we waded to the Rialto Bridge in knee-high boots for our initial appointment! We postponed the start of our culinary experience with a few rounds of caffè macchiato while the tide receded, during which time Marta shared some of Venice’s rich culinary history, and then, with the water no longer threatening to flood our boots, we proceeded to explore the Rialto market. Marta is well known to many of the main fishmongers and fruit/veg traders in the market, as she has over the years cooked for aristocrats, tycoons, and media personalities. Marta took us through the market and explained the various seafood and vegetable delicacies that would be the core of the meal we would prepare together (An introduction to Matteo at the market’s best fish counter would work wonders when I explored it alone a few days later!). With subsequent additional stops for rice, wines, breads, cheeses, and truffles (December is close enough to the truffle harvest for there to still be plenty of these delectable “nuggets of the Gods”), we headed back to the expansive and superbly appointed kitchen at the Givenchy flat in Dorsoduro. For the next four hours we helped two exceptional ladies prepare a glorious five course meal that was both wonderfully didactic and thoroughly delicious. And while most of us spoke moderate to good Italian, Marta and Beatrice speak such good English that non Italian speakers will be completely at home with them. There can be no doubt that food is one of Venice’s glories; so if you travel there and are at all interested, booking a day with these exceptional ladies is a MUST.

Geoffrey de Sibert

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