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I’m a seaman from Venice and like every true Venetian I love good company and good food. And what else could a seaman do on shore than cooking fish? Did you ever have a seaman as a cook? I’ve been to many places of the world (at least the ones with a harbour) - probably also to your hometown – but I never get tired of getting to know new people.
I'm in my forties
Officer on board a merchant ship
Fish with fresh seasonal vegetables – in the best case directly from my garden
What to expect at Massimo's place
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A great time. Really relaxed, Massimo had planned a perfect session for us, we could 'help', watch, learn and enjoy his easy company. I was with my 18 year son, we learnt how to make focaccia, pasta and two sauces. Lots of humour, the time flew by all too quickly and the meal was delicious. A great plus is to go into a real home and for a few moments not feel like a tourist. Thank you!
X Our experience with Massimo was outstanding!!! He is a fantastic chef and host and took great care to make sure that we were happy and engaged throughout the evening. We enjoyed meeting other folks from all parts of the globe, and Massimo kept us fascinated with many stories of his many generations of Italian heritage, and his global travels as a merchant marine. He made my birthday celebration one I will never forget. Grazie molto, Massimo, you are a true artist!!!
Massimo is a fantastic chef and a brilliant and often hilarious story teller. He is a true sailor and we had a wonderful time dining with him. Every dish was delicious and most vegetables were sourced from his own garden. We also drank wine made from his father and I left the dinner not only full of great food, but also with the feeling that I had made new friends. You don’t get to dine in an ancient Venetian building often, and this memory will stick with me forever - I felt truly immersed and impressed tasting a and drinking the local culture. This is an experience not to be missed!
Authentic food, good conversation, unparalleled atmosphere, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I'd admit I didn't know what to expect when we booked this experience. It was our first through Eatwith . Being a wary sort, I waited nervously in the piazza where Massimo asked us to meet him, wondering what we'd gotten ourselves into. But just as soon as he appeared, with his hair loose and a ready smile, and led us to his 650-year-old palazzo, I relaxed. I realized we were in for a treat. Massimo led us through the labyrinthine path and up some stairs to his place. The table was set simply, and we were invited to sit. He served us wine his father had made, and after short introductions, the food started coming. Fresh and tasty, every plate was served up with a story and a smile both by Massimo and the friend who was assisting him that night, Ariele. Dish after dish was passed around: fish, fresh vegetables prepared in unique ways, delicious sides. (One of the members of another party said of Massimo's tomato salad, "I don't like tomatoes, but these tomatoes are my favorite thing."). As he began to pass yet another round of food, Massimo joked, "Americans, forget about the anchovy in the can," serving us the quintessentially Venetian dish and asking us to keep an open mind. I was skeptical but, boy, did he open my mind. I can still taste their lemony, fresh goodness. I'll be searching for a dish to rival it in freshness and flavor for a long time. Course after course was filled with surprises and an explosion of flavors. He accommodated my need for gluten-free variations with ease and good nature. (Side note: if you're gluten-free, don't be afraid to ask for gluten-free options in Italy. They're amazing just about everywhere). If the experience had only been about the excellent food, I'd still recommend it wholeheartedly. But it was about so much more. Massimo regaled us with tales of his seafaring, and we talked easily about many topics, including art, cooking and local history. It was a rare and special evening. If you're looking for a unique experience in a magical city, look no further.