Risi e Bisi: Venetian Rice and Peas
One of the Veneto’s most beloved classic recipes is risi e bisi; or, simply, rice and peas. With such a pared down title, you might think it was merely another example of Italian culinary ingenuity with humble ingredients and the ability to turn very little into something special.
But the history of this Venetian dish is anything but humble. It was the dish that heralded spring, one that the Doges themselves — onetime leaders of the Republic of Venice — are said to have re
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