The Atelier

La Spezeria is a spice atelier, located on the premises of the oldest garden in Venice called el brolo, first mentioned in the year 475 AD. For centuries, it was the herb garden and orchard of the San Zaccaria monastery . Today, it is the home of forgotten herbs and plants, used in historical Venetian cuisine, health and beauty recipes. We recreate historical recipes and spice mixtures and since April 2019, share the surprising culinary heritage of Venice in online classes and e-books.

Benvenuti - Welcome!

We are Iris and Lina, owners and founders of La Spezeria (spice garden) and La Venessiana (online magazine for responsible visitors). We recreate historical recipes and spice mixtures and since April 2019, share the surprising culinary heritage of Venice in online classes and e-books. Join us now and see the garden!

Our Story ..

La Spezeria is a spice atelier, located on the premises of the oldest garden in Venice called el brolo, first mentioned in the year 475 AD. For centuries, it was the herb garden and orchard of the San Zaccaria monastery . Today, it is the home of forgotten herbs and plants, used in historical Venetian cuisine, health and beauty recipes. We recreate historical recipes and spice mixtures and since April 2019, share the surprising culinary heritage of Venice in online classes and e-books. 

Interview with JoAnn Locktov on Ytali: Why did you and Lina decide that the culinary heritage of Venice would be relevant to people today?

Lina opened her first restaurant in Venice in 1945, and couldn’t help noticing how the food offered to tourists in Venice was different from the food eaten in the part of the Lagoon where she grew up, near Treporti. People went foraging for herbs in spring, and even used herbs and wild fruit in their staple dishes in winter!

I recognized the naturally flavored dishes Lina cooked for me in many historical recipes at Venetian libraries. I found myself distracted by recipes way too often! This was the food eaten in pre-industrial times, and it did serve a purpose: Food = health = beauty. Food was considered medicine in the Venice of the past, so we thought that during our current changing, fast-paced and unsure times, adding healthy and delicious touches to food might be useful. 

Read the complete interview with JoAnn Locktov on Ytali

delicious herbs and spices for health and beauty

our recipes include Lagoon herbs and blossoms such as enula marina, sea porcelain, minutina, portulak, critmo marittimo, artemisia, lilac blossoms, elderflowers, and flowering currants. We also share recipes and background stories of seasonal ancestral food, such as orange mint-cherry cake with calendula frosting, pomegranate-artemisia butter, white lilac mousse, spring violet tangerine pancakes, or grappa-lilac cake. We also recovered the original recipe for torta greca, a cake popular in the 13th century in Venice.  

learn to cook Venetian

New online class. Harvest time in the Lagoon

From spicy squash soup to sun-loving herbs. Foraging in the Lagoon in early autumn. Get to know forgotten fruit and spicy soul food recipes of the past. 

Available in late September 2019

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Home and Garden Tour / Part One

by Iris Loredana | 26 July, 2018

A Virtual Retreat in our Garden in Venice

by Iris Loredana | 15 July, 2018

El Brolo - The Heritage of a Special Garden

by Iris Loredana | 05 July, 2018

This is the story of El Brolo, a secret garden in Venice. The larger portion became Piazza San Marco in 586 AD, while the smaller part still exists as private garden in Castello.

La Spezeria

  • Spice Garden and Atelier

    Castello 4701, I - Venezia

    info@laspezeria.com

    Mon-Fri: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Sat: 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Sun: Closed

La Spezeria