Osteria La Zucca in Venice Italy

La Zucca, Venice Italy

La Zucca, Venice Italy

Zucca means squash in Italian. Specifically those pumpkin-like green-skinned orange-fleshed squashes perfect for pasta filling, roasting, grilling, and all-around indulging in tasty earthiness that’s also SO good for you.

The restaurant La Zucca is in the sestiere Santa Croce in Venice, a bit of a ways from the neighborhood we stayed in of Dorsoduro. But with map in hand we strolled from calle to calle to campo to campo, getting lost but finding beauty at every lost turn…it’s inevitable…it’s Venice. Getting lost is actually on many top 10 lists of what to do in the city. I highly recommend it!

La Zucca in Venice

La Zucca in Venice

Up a pretty bridge and over a pretty canal we finally found La Zucca. We all agreed it was so worth the effort.

Different than a typical Italian restaurant, this one had a lovely creative focus on vegetarian cuisine, but didn’t shy away from meats, too. The interior immediately hugs you upon entering in a warm, yet modern way. The walls are covered in multiple slats of comforting wood. The tables are of the same wood. The menus are beautiful little sculptures of yellow shaped like small houses. And the place mats match the friendly yellow.

La Zucca menu

La Zucca menu

Just reading the menu is an impressive culinary journey. Deciding what to order is the hardest part. You want to try everything.

La Zucca place setting

La Zucca place setting

I ordered the tagliatelle with lamb ragu. The flavors were deep, multilayered and PERfect.

La Zucca lamb ragu

La Zucca lamb ragu

Duane ordered Porri Grattinati…leeks in a gratin of cheese & cream…seriously heavenly.

La Zucca porro gratinatti

La Zucca porro gratinatti

Lana ordered the red rice with tofu and almonds…the creative winner of our table …light and scrumptious.

La Zucca Red Rice w Almonds & Tofu

La Zucca Red Rice w Almonds & Tofu

Our co-travelers sat at another table and enjoyed more and wonderful menu choices.

La Zucca co-diners at another table

La Zucca co-diners at another table

Of course, we could not resist dessert. Duane had the luscious limoncello mousse…

La Zucca limoncello mousse

La Zucca limoncello mousse

Lana the panna cotta, a dessert of gorgeous taste and color!

La Zucca pana cotta

La Zucca panna cotta

And I had a fig topped cake drenched in bittersweet chocolate. Yes. To die for.

La Zucca fig cake w chocolate

La Zucca fig cake w chocolate

If you’re in Venice this is a must visit. Here’s their website:

La Zucca

Lana & Paulette

Lana & Paulette

Duane at La Zucca

Duane at La Zucca

Beer "bionda" at La Zucca

Beer “bionda” at La Zucca

Thanks to Lana who suggested it (and Whitney, too!)

Lana at La Zucca

Lana at La Zucca

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