A food memoir of the Lagoon, filled with recipes and glimpses of the past and present.

Sit down with us once a week, and watch stories, ancedotes, recipes, glimpses of daily life and portraits of people and places: A home base for you to return regularly and enjoy the seasons in Venice. You'll also taste Nonna Lina's family recipes!


Pure. Raw. Emotional. Vibrant. A peek into generations-old family recipes and a digital and ongoing memoir of Venice and the Lagoon.

Laguna in Cucina is a Membership, transporting you to Venice month after month. It contains access to recipe journals, virtual tours and walks in Venice and the Lagoon, and to Nonna Lina's e-book.

  • 12 months in Venice

    Learn to cook gourmet menus as the seasons come and go in the Lagoon. Watch our virtual cooking classes and surprise your family with a Venetian menu!

  • The Community

    It's like having a private Venice guide and kitchen coach: Ask any question about Venice, the Lagoon and food in our community, filled with prompts and recipes.

  • Virtual Visits

    Enjoy one virtual visit per month to a Lagoon island, and a virtual walk around Venice: Secret itineraries between the past, present and future! Come along!

  • Le Mie Ricette - Lina's Book

    On 1 October, we publish Lina's cook book of the Lagoon (140 Pages - e-book). As a member of the Culinary Club, you receive it FOR FREE! Yours to download and enjoy!

  • Culinary Library

    BONUS! As a member, you receive access all our seasonal culinary e-books: Carnival Cuisine, Spring and Easter Recipes, El Redentor and Forgotten Summer Flavors, Venetian Street Food and Summer Drinks, Thanksgiving in Venice, Christmas and New Year.

  • Hidden Venice Stories

    Every month, enjoy av virtual walk with us to discover a hidden spot in Venice and its story: Explore Venetian places, habits and customs, and the history and fun facts behind legendary Venetian dishes!

Special offer until 31 December 2020:

Join at EUR 3.30 per month if you choose the annual subscription. You can also join for 6 months or 3 months.

What's inside - Syllabus for the first five months until December 2020:

Listen and read Venetian stories, come along on virtual visits around Venice and the markets, learn to cook easy seasonal menus, and explore the Lagoon islands in our videos tours. New contents drop weekly (every Tuesday).

  • 1

    Getting Started

    • Welcome to LAGUNA IN CUCINA!

    • What's in your Membership

    • Syllabus 2020/21

    • Access the Community

    • Index - Quick Links

    • Lagoon Compass - Download

    • Lagoon Compass - Read Online

    • Introducing the Lagoon of Venice

  • 2

    Culinary Venice: E-Book Library

    • Welcome to the culinary library!

    • 1- Summer drinks and street food from Venice

    • 2 - Festa della Salute: Thanksgiving in Venice

    • 3- Venetian Christmas and New Year Recipes

    • 4- Carnival flavors from Venice

    • 5- Spring and Easter recipes from Venice

    • 6- Solstice menu from Venice

    • 7- El Redentor - Forgotten Summer Flavors

  • 3

    Le Mie Ricette - Nonna Lina's Venetian Recipes

    • Behind the scenes + Lina's story

    • Download the book: Online here from 01 October 2020

    • Home Tour: A glimpse into Lina's garden and kitchen

  • 4

    August: Calendula and Cassis

    • The Almanac: August in Venice

    • Recipe Box: August Flavors & Ferragosto Treats

    • Virtual Walk around Venice: Church and campo San Lorenzo / Part One

    • Virtual Walk around Venice: Church and campo San Lorenzo: Transcript

    • Venetian Stories: Ferragosto in the Secret Lagoon

    • Southern Lagoon: Virtual visit to Sacca Sessola

    • Excursion to Sacca Sessola: Transcript and videos

    • Educational series: How Venice coped with pandemics / 1: The medical gardens of Venice

  • 5

    September: Coriander and Uva Fragola

    • The Almanac - September in Venice

    • Seasonal feasts: Story + recipes of La Regata Storica

    • Story of the month + recipe: I lunedì al Lido

    • Harvesting uva fragola in Venice + recipe ideas

    • Autumn equinox in Lina's garden

    • Visit to Poveglia - transcript

    • Virtual visit: Poveglia

    • September in Venice: Recipe Box

    • September in Venice: Read or download the recipes

  • 6

    October: Squash and Pomegranate

    • The Almanac: October in Venice

    • Welcoming October with coffee, Venetian style

    • Story of the month: Venice and the battle of Lepanto

    • Vendemmia in Laguna - Wine harvest in the Lagoon

    • Virtual visit to a Lagoon island: San Francesco del Deserto

    • Miele di barena - Honey from the Venetian Marshlands

    • Venetian spicy squash soup with saór

    • Pan di pistacchio: The Doge's pistachio cake

  • 7

    November: Chestnuts and Liquorice

    • The Almanac: November in Venice

    • All Saints Day + le favette (historical recipe)

    • San Martin in Venice + typical menu

    • La Festa della Salute: Thanksgiving in Venice

    • La Festa della Salute: Historical Background

    • Educational series: How Venice coped with pandemics / 2

    • Virtual visit to a Lagoon island: San Michele

  • 8

    December: Persimmon and Bergamot

    • The Almanac: December in Venice

    • Winter impressions and foraging in the Lagoon

    • La pinza, the Venetian Christmas cake

    • Winter solstice in the Lagoon

    • The Venetian Christmas menu

    • New Year's Eve in the Lagoon

Is this Membership for me?

YES, if one or more of these topics sound interesting to you!

  • You would like to travel virtually to the Lagoon, discover unknown islands (there are more than 4000, amongst them marshlands and 78 larger ones, almost never mentioned in guide books). And, you want to visit Venice virtually and access the online experiences any time, when YOU have time, on any device (computer, laptop, mobile phone).

  • You want to collect resources to plan your next culinary trip to Venice and the Lagoon. And you want to taste delicous, organic, home-made Venetian food when you are in Venice, while supporting Venetian family businesses.

  • You want to dive into a lush Venetian experience, with the possibility to ask questions in a private group (NOT on Facebook but hosted here on the Platform). Every week, you receive prompts, news, recipes from Venice, and can ask any question about Venice and food you have.

  • You want to support Venetian associations that make life better in Venice: In 2020, a portion of proceeds goes to Dingo, a Venetian association taking care of homeless cats.

Your hosts

Lina and Iris

Lina Teresa

Member of Associazione Cavalieri di San Marco and founder of three restaurants in Venice. Co-Founder of La Venessiana Magazine.

Lina is a member of the Cavalieri di San Marco Association, founded by former noble families of the Serenissima Republic of Venice in 1571, when Venice fought the all-decisive battle of Lepanto. She is 97 years old, and opened her first restaurant in Venice in 1945 and hotel in 1968. Lina is deeply interested in Venetian culture, history, garden and culinary heritage. She is the guardian of the former library of the San Zaccaria monastery in Venice, and has curated its gardens since 1968. This garden, and Lina's kitchen is the home of our kitchen and spice atelier! For our website and online courses, Lina provides inspiration, memories of the past, wisdom for the future, and very special family stories.

Iris Loredana

Expert in sustainable economics, Venetian culinary history, health at work and aromatherapy. Co-Founder of La Venessiana Magazine.

Iris (Lina's granddaughter) was educated in Venice and Vienna: She studied Greek, Latin and Venessian, the three official languages of the former Serenissima Republic of Venice. She holds degrees in corporate finance / sustainability, health and environmental economics, and language studies and communications. In her thesis, Iris wrote about the urbanization of the Venetian Lagoon. Her special interest lies in aromatherapy, natural health and beauty concepts, and the culinary history of the Republic of Venice. Amongst others, Iris has been responsible for setting up the Health at Work concept at an international banking group. Together with Lina, she started La Venessiana - Venice for Women Magazine in 2011.

How Laguna in Cucina Works

A membership and virtual Venice escape, born during the COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, is now coming to life. We started in August 2020 and add content every week.

  • New stories and recipes every Tuesday

    After checkout, you will be taken immediately to the Membership site. You have access for as long a period as you selected. Renewals will be automatical so you won't miss a month about Venice. Of course, new subscriptions can be canceled any time. You have access to all stories, recipes and e-books for as long as you are a member.

  • How much is the LAGUNA IN CUCINA Membership?

    Until 31 December 2020, a one-year membership is EUR 39.80. Afterwards, this price will rise to EUR 45 for the annual subscription. A six-month membership is EUR 28, and the 3-month membership is EUR 19.

  • Bonuses for you: EUR 320 value

    Access all e-books in our series "Le Feste a Venezia" for free. This also includes access the new ebook "Le Mie Ricette", Lina's recipes (available in October 2020).

Giving back

By signing up for this membership, you support Dingo, a Venetian non-profit organization taking care of homeless cats in Venice and the Lagoon: We donate a portion of proceeds to this renowned, experienced and reliable organization.

October 2020 - Squash and Pomegranate

What's inside the Membership in October 2020:

  • Virtual walk into the hidden Venice: Discover the secrets of Campo Santa Maria Formosa and its church. And why Venice changed forever on 7 October 1571.

  • A Venetian fall menu you could enjoy at Halloween. Autumn herbs from the Lagoon, recipes with honey from the salt marshes, squash soup and the famous Venetian pistachio cake.

  • Virtual visit: San Francesco del Deserto, an island celebrating a special birthday in October 2020.

  • See the wine harvest in the Lagoon (Sant'Erasmo, Mazzorbo, Le Vignole)

  • Miele di barena: Honey from the marshlands of the Lagoon + a special honey cake

Become a member

LAGUNA IN CUCINA: A Food Memoir of Venice and the Lagoon. When you sign up, you receive immediate access to everything we covered up to now since August 2020: Weekly content + culinary library + private community + bimonthly newsletter. New content is added every Tuesday.