Saturday, July 23, 2016

Six Views of the 50th Festa di San Giacomo dall'Orio, This Evening

A 180 degree panorama of the festivities
The menu board and line for food and...
...a glimpse of the smoky side of the event
Tables (and a stage for live music) filled the longest side of the campo and...
...spilled over into a second
When it came to the issue of cooking exhaust the organizers weren't afraid to think big


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    1. You name it, Helen, it was being grilled: chicken, pork, beef, sausage... I don't think there was grilled horse--though, that was on the menu board at another Venetian place I visited over the weekend.

    2. Many thanks for these photos of a very warm and popular summer "festa" in Venezia. I like very much this campo and its church, one of the oldest ones in Venezia, at any time of the day and the year. But the Festa is really a great moment with so much people happy to be together. Probably an excellent barbecue. I don't know if Italians used and still use to eat horse meat. I would say "no", but in fact I don't know. Do you have information on that question? It was not rare to eat it in France some decades ago; now it is very difficult to find horse meat butchers. I have never liked this kind of meat. But it was one of the favorite dishes of my father. I don't know whether that resulted from his Italian grandfather, who was a country boy living in the mountains between Parma and La Spezai before becoming at the age of twenty a bricklayer in France at the end of the 1800s. I think horse meat has not to be grilled :) (from Auvraisien)

    3. There is still a horse meat butcher shop right near the fruit and vegetable stalls of the Rialto, Auvraisien. You can't miss it: its windows are filled with images of horses (plastic figures etc, if I remember correctly). The trattoria on the island of Vignole offers horse meat, too, grilled, I believe, as does the double-decker London bus cafe parked during the summer beside the beach at Lido and Birraria la Corte in Campo San Polo. Interestingly, this last place serves horse meat on a pizza; but while it is clearly labeled as such in the Italian and French descriptions of the pizza, it is entirely left out of the English translation. In any case, Italians still definitely eat horse meat--though I'm not sure how much of it.