Lemon Sgroppino for the Perfect After Dinner
It is often said that the best things in life are difficult to achieve, but when it comes to food... most times the simplest things are the best! Today, in fact, I am sharing a recipe that is so easy to make to be almost embarrassing: sgroppino. Differently from most sorbets, sgroppino also includes vodka and prosecco and has no added sugar. It's tasty, refreshing and always greatly appreciated at the end of a meal. A sort of win-win recipe.
I was quite fortunate, as I used a high quality vodka that was given to me at the end of an event, the ice-cream of Dolce del Ridotto (the best in Venice, trust me!!! a danger for Vito and I as it's only 2 minutes from our house...) and my favourite prosecco: Lunatico docg. The prosecco too was a gift, from Francesca of the teahouse and bookshop sullaluna, a wine produced in synergy with the territory and following the natural cycles of the moon, one of the few proseccos that is beyond organic! Prosecco has become quite popular abroad in recent times, but not all types are the same and many factors may change depending on where the vines are located, how the grapes are grown and treated after being picked and, of course, on the fermentation process (if you are curious to learn more, have a look at my old post 'Prosecco making: Costa di Là')
Anyway, with ingredients so delicious, the sgroppino came out wonderfully, and disappeared very quickly...
I see Francesca a lot because lately her teahouse is one of the few places I go to, to find peace. It's ideal for me because it's located in Fondamenta della Misericordia and I am always in Cannaregio, a bit because Vito works in the area, so we can meet for a quick drink when he has his break, and a bit because it's still extremely peaceful. Personally, I enjoy the laid back atmosphere of sullaluna and the girls that work there are just so nice, all of them. Besides, it satisfies both my taste (I generally order hummus and green tea) and Vito's (he goes for cheese and either craft beer or wine) and when we say goodbye, I can wander around the quieter corners of Cannaregio.
The pics in this post, in fact, were taken in Campo Sant' Alvise, a residential area best known by locals for its swimming pool and gym. To reach the campo take the calle on the right of the restaurant Anice Stellato (highly recommended) and just breathe in the silence. There's a cosy church built at the end of the 14th century, annexed to what used to be a convent, a quite bizarre arcade that leads to the vaporetto stop, a couple of benches and a fountain.
Don't ask me why, but I think there's something magical about this place and I hope it will remain like this for as long as possible. It reminds me of my years at high school, as that's where we would have our weekly hour of p.e. I hated p.e., really.. in Italian schools you get one hour per week and it's just so boring! Generally, the teacher asks students to run around the room to warm up and then to do some aerobics... it was the to and fro that was fun, because we would inevitably do things we weren't supposed to do and stop to buy pizzette (mini pizzas made with pastry dough) at the bakery at the foot of the Guglie bridge.
Anyhow, if you seek tranquility, consider stopping by this square. To visit the church, I suggest to refer to the website of the association Chorus Venezia, where you will see the correct and updated timetables. Also, if you are thinking of visiting other churches 'managed' by the association, I recommend purchasing the Chorus Card, in that way with only 12 euros you have access to inestimable masterpieces and treasures! I am lucky, as being a native I have free access to all the churches and museums of the municipality (at least for the time being...)!
I hope with this post to have provided you with some useful info on Venice and less mainstream things to do. An ideal day could include a visit to the Jewish Ghetto in the morning, a quick lunch along Fondamenta della Misericordia (for more tips, see my post 'Around F.ta della Misericordia'), more explorations on the 'backstreets', like the church of Sant' Alvise and Madonna dell' Orto, and then back on the Fondamenta for more wine. Last but not least, while here don't forget to purchase a bottle of Lunatico to make your special sgroppino (otherwise, it's also available online at www.airwns.com)!
Bye for now and happy sgroppino!
RECIPE: LEMON SGROPPINO
Easy; Serves 4
350 gr lemon ice-cream
200 ml prosecco
lemon zests to garnish
1. In a steel bowl, combine ice-cream, prosecco and vodka and stir.
2. Refrigerate for at least one hour and serve after dinner adding some grated lemon zests
Note: Normally a flute would be used to serve sgroppino, I opted for another glass as in general I find flutes impractical and too small ... but feel free to use the glass you prefer!