The city of Venice is one defined by its heritage - from the grand Byzantine architecture that rises from the landscape, to its canals and waterways. A direct path to the Adriatic Sea, echoes of the Ottoman Empire ring throughout the city. Venice’s Middle Eastern heritage endures in its modern cuisine, too: spices like cinnamon, saffron, and nutmeg are commonplace in Venetian cooking. Few dishes are more emblematic of this heritage than the classic Venetian duck ragù, which blends rich duck meat with wine, bay leaf, and exotic herbs and spices.
As is often the case in Italy, the origin of duck ragù is disputed. Some suggest the dish was the brainchild of Catherine de’ Medici in the sixteenth century, who sought to take advantage of the abundance of birds that lived on the River Arno in Tuscany. However, most regard this dish as quintessentially Venetian. Indeed, duck had long been domesticated during the days of the Republic of Venice, and an early iteration of this ragù was commonly enjoyed with bigoli pasta. While many Venetian restaurants still honour this traditional pairing, we relish this ragù most when paired with thick ribbons of pappardelle.
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Allergens in BOLD & CAPITALISED:
Durum WHEAT Semolina, WHEAT Flour, EGG, Rice Flour
Duck Ragu (160g):
Tomato, Duck Leg (30%), Cherry Tomatoes, Onion, Carrot, Leccino Black Olives (2%), White Wine (SULPHITES), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Chicken Stock (contains CELERY seeds), Salt, Sugar, Bay Leaf
Vegetarian Italian Hard Cheese (8g):
MILK, Salt, Rennet (Microbial Coagulant), EGG Lysozyme
Calories per serving: 642kcal
Following nutritional information is per 100g
Of which saturates 1.5g
Of which sugars 2.0g