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Fegato alla Veneziana - Venetian style Liver

This recipe comes from the Restaurant Antico Martini in Venice, Italy.

"Antico Martini is the top-class restaurant in Venice Italy, famous the world over for fine food and refined service. Since 1720".

If you would like to know more about the restaurant or want to book a table then visit the restaurant web site for further details <click here>

Venetian Cuisine

Venetian cuisine is known for its variety of dishes and ingredients. This can only be expected in a lagoon city which, though born of its own waters, has always maintained close ties with the mainland as well as flourishing trade routes with many faraway countries, from northern Europe to the far East

Thus, you find not only the dried baltic cod and the exquisite Asian spices, but also the genuine if perhaps more modest fresh vegetahles from the estuary islands, fish from the Venice lagoon and game fowl captured in the 'barene', or shallows. A visit to Venice offers an opportunity to discover a fascinating gastronomic tradition, a chance to venture down unfamiliar culinary roads often overshadowed hy wide-spread fastfood consumption.

The Association 'Ristoranti della Buona Accoglienza di Venezi' (Restaurant Antico Martini is one of its founders) offers you a taste of some of the most typical local recipes, trusting that at the end of your culinary tour you will take home with you not only an eyeful but also a palateful of unforgettable memories of Venice.


1/2 kilo of calves' liver
2 large onions
salt to taste


This dish is as famous throughout the world as it is easy to prepare. Venetians correct the rather bitter aftertaste of the liver by adding a sweetening ingredient: the onions. A very old custom, if it is true that the Romans prepared it ficatum, that is with figs, from which comes the very name of 'fegato'.

  • Cut half a kilo of calves' liver into thin, not very long strips.
  • Finely slice two large onions, cover and cook slowly in oil and butter until golden.
  • Remove from heat and leave to cool slightly.
  • Add the liver and replace on the fire.
  • After two or three minutes, stir and leave to cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Add salt to taste.

Serve with hot grilled polenta.

Restaurant Antico Martini