Corte Sconta detta Arcana is the title of an episode of the famous comic strip Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt.
Corte Sconta is the name of one of the best restaurants in the city of Venice, specialised in sea food since 35 years and it has also been a pioneer in gluten free as they started early on to offer options on the menu that were free from gluten.
This week I was in Venice for work and I decided to go and check it out.
I went there for lunch and met Lucia that along with Rita, her sister-in-law, and a team of 15 fantastic people run the restaurant and welcome clients in.
Lucia introduced me to the daily menu and their specialties: the gluten free pasta they use is made of corn and fabricated in the region of Veneto, not far from Venice. I had delicious tagliatelle with anchovies, pine nuts and fennel.
The rice cakes that I ate literally took the cake! They were made of white pearl corn – a variety that you can find only close to Venice and it is also presided over by Slow Food.
Lucia told me that this week they had “moeche” that is a true fish specialty here in Venice.
“Moeche” are small crabs that have lost their carapace, therefore they are very tender. It happens only twice a year, in Spring and in Autumn. Lucia told me to absolute taste theirs. Well, they were very good!
I enjoyed them with some artichokes, cooked following the Venetian culinary tradition. I am a big fan of artichokes and if you come to Venice, you should absolutely try them.
My gluten free dessert was a rice tart with lemon custard, raspberry sorbet and fresh fruit: I loved it!
At Corta Sconta tables can be large and I was happy that during my lunch I befriended with a nice couple, parents of a beautiful 5 months old Greta.
I am Italian and for me having a meal and sitting at a table is always about sharing and enjoying. It is about nourishing our body but also about experiencing something new all the time. Food can be a wonderful adventure and gluten free sometimes even more adventurous 😉