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Piadina on the Island of Murano

The Venetian island of Murano is not short on restaurants and trattorias serving local fare with enchanting views of the lagoon. But when an island-hopping schedule involving Murano, Burano and Torcello doesn’t allow for a leisurely lunch, there is always the option of a quick snack.

In the shadow of the Basilica Dei Santi Maria e Donato, we stop at a modest bar. A bar in Italy isn’t a watering hole as we know it but a casual establishment serving food and drink, either at a stand up counter or sitting at tables. We order a couple of piadine and coffees.


Piadina is a type of Italian flat bread from the region of Romagna. Made with flour, yeast, salt, sugar and traditionally pig lard, this simple fare is an alternative to heavier breads that can weigh you down while on the move.

The presentation of the piadina somewhat remind me of the Arabic flat bread with melted Syrian string cheese.


Piadina con bresaola, rucola e grana
comes with thinly sliced cured meat, rocket leaves and grana cheese with a good bite. The bread is lightly toasted, the fillings are warm and the cheese is slightly melted. Piadina mediterranea is filled with prosciutto crudo (ham) and mozzarella.

When it comes to quick meals in Italy, there are always options for fast food that don’t include pizza. Our piadine hit the right spot. Light and appetising, and a welcome alternative to the thick dough of a focaccia or the ubiquitous panino.

Piadina Piadina

A view of Murano                                                                     The bar

Bar Da Ice
Fondamenta Giustinian 15
Murano, Italy

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.


    • Jen, it’s probably like pizza. It’s much thinner in Italy than we have here!

  • Yum! I miss those little Italian street sandwiches. We used to live in Italy and went to the Venice area often, although we never made it over to Murano. Found you via Wanderfood Wednesday!

    • Hi Myscha and welcome! I would love to live in Italy for a while. So much to experience and learn about food!

  • Ohhh, such lovely memories you brought back with this sandwich. 🙂 Driving through Italy it was my favorite emergency food at gas stations – warm and toasty, the cheese all melty. 🙂

    • Hi Krista, I’m glad I brought you back some lovely memories. Food tend to do that to me as well!

  • Oh these look delicious, thin and crispy with just the right amount of the right ingredients. YUM!

    • Hi Stephanie, Murano is a lovely island but if you do go, try to visit Burano. It’s so pretty that you’ll find it difficult to leave!

    • Nancie, wanderfood is so good, and so bad for making us crave other people’s entries! 🙂

  • ah, your recent posts make it so hard to work and not just run off to Italy for summer fun!  (not that that’s an option, but one can dream….)  Murano is quite sweet & Venice is one of my favorite cities.  I know some people knock it because it’s touristy, but I think there are great little non-touristy spots there and there is so much more there than people see at first glance…well, ah…I just love it!

    • Just as your tweets make me homesick for Paris! 🙂 I enjoyed the islands this time more than Venice but that’s an article for another time. Nothing wrong with touristy places. It’s how the tourists behave in them that often spoils them 😉

  • Those pictures of long summery days in Italy really make this filthy wet weather in Sydney even harder to deal with! Arggh. I want to be eating piadinas in Italy now…

    • Forager, I’m feeling very nostalgic for warmer skies, particularly Italy and France…

    • You’re right! Sitting across from the canal in Murano heightens the senses.